The fall semester officially begins in four days, and we are prepared. Matt Badessa made this wonderful welcome video for our students. We weren’t sure how it would turn out, so we kept the project relatively small and only interviewed faculty and staff in New Brunswick. We are happy with the video and would like to do more like this in the future. Let us know if you’d like to participate or if you have an idea for a short video about the Libraries or a service.
We are also sending out a September newsletter to our email list, featuring current exhibits and upcoming events. You should receive a copy of this on the morning of September 5th. It includes the following events:
|John Haworth, senior executive emeritus of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, visits Alexander Library on September 19 to share his knowledge about cultural and arts issues impacting Native Americans, including key museum practices, repatriation, and social change.|
|Relive the rich history of student art and literary magazines at Rutgers with By Ourselves: Rutgers Student Literary Journals 1923–2017, a joint exhibition of the Robeson Library and the Rutgers–Camden Writers House from September 1 to October 31. Spanning nearly a century and two campuses, this exhibition highlights the creativity and initiative of Rutgers students through Quintessence, The Anthologist, and other publications.|
|The Libraries at Rutgers–New Brunswick will help new and returning students ease into the semester again this year with snack breaks during Welcome Days.
|In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Douglass Residential College, the artwork of renowned feminist artist and Rutgers graduate Mimi Smith will be on display at Douglass Library from September 5 through December 15. Embodying the relationship between everyday life, intimacy, anxiety, and time, Smith’s works include clothing made from plastic and steel wool, traditionally rendered drawings, drawings made from knotted thread and tape measures, clocks, and knitted sculptures.
|With support from a Freedom to Read Foundation grant, the Art Library will host a number of programs celebrating Banned Books Week from September 24 to September 30. The activities will provide students, faculty and staff, and community members the opportunity to explore the ideas of intellectual freedom, censorship, and banned books by creating and displaying original art.|
|The New Brunswick Music Scene Archive in Special Collections and University Archives will kick off Hub City Sounds’ ROCK New Brunswick music festival weekend on September 8 with a discussion panel featuring New Brunswick music insiders past and present: Dennis Diken of The Smithereens, Sharief Hobley of Sharief in Burgundy, Makin Waves columnist Bob Makin, Audrey Rose of The Wichts, and Spina Records’ Andrew Spina.|
|This fall, data librarian Ryan Womack will offer a series of workshops on statistical software and data at both Alexander Library and the Library of Science and Medicine. September’s topics include “Introduction to SPSS, Strata, and SAS”; “Introduction to R”; and “Data Visualization in R.”|
|Special Collections and University Archives’ exhibit “Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken!”: New Jersey in the Great War has been extended to September 22. Featuring one-of-a-kind documents, photographs, and artifacts reflecting the wartime experiences of New Jerseyans both at home and abroad, this display is a must-see for Garden State history buffs and World War I aficionados alike.|
|John Cotton Dana Library will commemorate its 50th anniversary with a host of free events and activities throughout the academic year. Exhibits showcasing the history of the library and its namesake as well as a birthday party during Rutgers–Newark’s Fall Fest will highlight the fall schedule. A number of guest speakers will visit the library to share their wisdom throughout the spring semester, and the year will culminate with a special event on Rutgers Day. Additional details are forthcoming, so stay tuned to our website for the latest on the #RutgersDana50 celebration.|
If you have an event coming up in September that is not mentioned here – there is still time to include it in our email newsletter. Send info to firstname.lastname@example.org.