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BTAA Libraries BIG Convening on April 19: “Collective Action and the Common Good”

From the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA):

The next plenary session in the monthly “Sequence of Convenings Toward the BIG Collection” is coming up on April 19 at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST. Our session this month focuses on “Collective Action and the Common Good: the Cornerstone of the Knowledge Commons,” with a keynote presentation by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Professor of English at Michigan State University. Panelists include Greg Eow, President of the Center for Research Libraries; Cathy Curley, Chief Information Officer at University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and Maurice York, Director of Library Initiatives for the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Register today for this session if you have not already done so. All staff from across BTAA libraries are welcome and the event is free, but registration is required. You can register for future monthly Convenings at the same time; registration will remain open and editable throughout the year. Selected content will be recorded and made available following each session.

If you missed the kickoff event last month, “Envisioning the BIG Collection: Building a Knowledge Commons for the Big Ten,” a full recording (including the panel conversation) is available, with a fully searchable transcript of the whole session. For public sharing outside the Big Ten, the keynote presentation by Maurice York is posted on YouTube and linked from the BIG Convenings web page.

Global Comics Lecture Series: The Real and Serial in Zhang Leping’s “The Wandering Life of Sanmao” (1947-1948)

Global Comics Lecture Series: The Real and Serial in Zhang Leping’s The Wandering Life of Sanmao (1947-1948)

April 21, 2021
3:30 – 5 p.m. EST
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Sanmao, or “Three Hairs,” has entertained and educated readers in China and beyond from 1935 to the present, ranking him among the world’s longest-lived comics characters. Sanmao’s creator, Zhang Leping (1910-1992) adapted the wordless escapades of this gangly, pumpkin-headed orphan boy across more than fifty years of a changing historical landscape, from the mass entertainment of 1930s Shanghai and brutal wars of invasion and civil strife in the 1940s to Mao’s mass campaigns of the 1950s and on into the post-Mao era of economic reform. Sanmao lives on today in comics reprints in multiple languages, as well as a huge range of transmedia productions from live-action and animated films to stage plays, propaganda exhibits and even museums. Sanmao became a household name between the years 1947 and 1948, when Zhang Leping published The Wandering Life of Sanmao (Sanmao liulangji) across 250 installments in the Shanghai newspaper Dagong bao (L’Impartial). Wandering Life resonated with the realities of historical crisis during those years, a time of disastrous economic collapse and civil war on the eve of the 1949 Chinese communist revolution. Just as, if not more, important to the strip’s impact and lasting fame, however, was its form: an open-ended, serial comic strip embedded within the pages of another open-ended serial, the daily paper. How these two globalized serial forms, one fictional and the other factual, worked in symbiosis to engage the imagination of readers on the eve of a revolution is the topic of this lecture.

About our Speaker

John A. Crespi is Associate Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Colgate University. His most recent book, Manhua Modernity: Chinese Culture and the Pictorial Turn (University of California Press), was published in December 2020.

The Global Comics Lecture Series focuses on global comics scholarship. In this series, scholars present on transnational issues from distinct area studies’ regional perspectives. Topics include global comic scholarship on immigration/migration, nationalism, identity and culture, feminism, political censorship, technology disruption and more. The series is presented by The Ohio State University’s Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Slavic and East European Studies and East Asian Studies Center, with funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, the Area Studies Department, University Libraries, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Asian American Studies.

Global Comics Lecture Series: Comics and the Humanization of the Middle Eastern Experience

Global Comics Lecture Series: Comics and the Humanization of the Middle Eastern Experience 

April 19, 2021
2 – 3:30 p.m.
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In the world of Middle Eastern cartoons and graphic novels, the artists often focus their discussions on politics, government, war, protesters, etc., which are all important topics. Very few artists, however, address the actual people who are living these experiences. Join International and Area Studies at The Ohio State University Libraries for our next installment of the Global Comics Lecture Series featuring Iasmin, a Middle Eastern, Muslim, queer and trans comics artist, who will address:

  • Humanizing Middle Eastern people and our stories in a world that politicizes us, and how we can convey these things through comics
  • The intersection of queer, trans and Middle Eastern identities past, present and future, and the importance of representation in art
  • Healing trauma through comics (and art in general)

About our Speaker

Iasmin Omar Ata is a Middle Eastern, Muslim, queer and trans comic artist, game developer and illustrator who creates art about coping with illness, understanding identity, dismantling oppressive structures and Islamic futurism.

Iasmin’s graphic novel Mis(h)adra has resonated with both readers and reviewers alike for its searingly honest depiction of the epileptic lived experience. Iasmin has produced a video game called Being about the Palestinian past, present and future as well as other comics and games. Iasmin is an Ignatz Award winner and Excellence in Graphic Literature Award finalist. They have been interviewed and reviewed by Kirkus Publishers Weekly, Electronic Intifada, Library Journal and NPR.

Presentation on New Special Collections Registry

Submitted by Halle Mares:

With your feedback and support, Application Development & Operations (AD&O) and Special Collections have revised the design of the Special Collections Registry (SCR) collection pages. The goal of this project was to make the registry easier for users to navigate and to help users find materials within the special collections. All of the changes made to the SCR were driven by user testing and user feedback.

To learn more about what changes were made to SCR, please mark your calendars for a brief presentation on Thursday, April 29 at 3 p.m.

Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 968 0150 8670
Password: 612792
Call: 646 876 9923

You can view the preview site here. Remember that this is a temporary preview site and this link will not work after the new changes have been launched. We encourage you to take a look! If you are unable to attend, please share your questions and feedback via HUB or by emailing one of the team members. The presentation will be made available in Box.

The revised SCR will be launched soon after the presentation.

Thank you for your consideration,
Special Collections Registry User Group (Russell Schelby, Phoebe Kim, Halle Mares, Susan Liberator)

Coffee with Damon on April 9

Submitted by Elaine Pritchard:

Join us for our next Coffee with Damon on Friday, April 9 from 10 – 11 a.m.

To connect via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 979 6670 5629
Password: 538005
or call: 1-646-876-9923

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Save the date for upcoming coffees (all at 10:00 am)!
April 23
May 7
May 21
June 4

Questions? Contact Elaine Pritchard.90.

LibrariesConnect on April 1

Submitted by Elaine Pritchard:

Want to get caught up with our Libraries colleagues? Join us for the next LibrariesConnect on Thursday, April 1 at noon.

To connect via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 989 8975 2303
Password: 131764
or call: 1-646-876-9923

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About LibrariesConnect:
LibrariesConnect brings our faculty and staff together in a relaxed virtual environment where we can get better acquainted and make connections across our organization.

Global Comics Lecture Series: The Making of Tales of the Orishas with Hugo Canuto

Global Comics Lecture Series: The Making of Tales of the Orishas with Hugo Canuto

April 9, 2021
2:20 – 3:40 p.m.
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University Libraries’ International and Area Studies Global Comics Lecture Series, in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies’ Afro-Brazilian Arts and Activism Lecture Series, presents an invited talk by Brazilian comics artist Hugo Canuto titled “The Making of Tales of the Orishas.” Hugo Canuto is an illustrator, comics author and architect. His works seeks to explore the relationship between art, culture and the mythology of Brazil and Latin America. He is the author of the Contos dos Orixás, a comic series adaptation of the epic stories of the Yorubá and their descendants. Contos dos Orixásis the winner of the Angelo Agostini award and nominated as a finalist for the Jabuti award in the Comic Book category. He is currently working on writing and illustrating A Canção de Mayrube and the second volume of the Contos dos Orixás series.

This event will offer English/Portuguese simultaneous translation, provided by Raquel Luciana de Souza and made possible by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. 

The Global Comics Lecture Series is sponsored in part by The Ohio State University’s Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, East Asian Studies Center and International and Area Studies at University Libraries in conjunction with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The series is also supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grants.

Event Coordinators: Dr. Isis Barra Costa, Assistant Professor Contemporary Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese with support from Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, Latin American, Iberian and Latino/a Studies Librarian

Save the Date: SAC Hosts Spring Staff Forum

Submitted by Joey Schulte:

Library CCS and A&P staff are invited to attend a Staff Forum hosted by the University Libraries Staff Advisory Council (SAC) on April 16, 2021 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The staff forums provide an opportunity for you to share questions and matters of concern, as well as hear what the SAC has been working on recently on your behalf. The first 30 minutes of the forum will be reserved for Exec to answer any questions submitted in the survey.

We will be hosting the forum on Zoom, and we will only be holding a single session for all staff.

Zoom Meeting Link:

Please let us know if you plan on coming by filling out this two-question survey. This will give you the opportunity to submit your comments anonymously or in absence of the meeting.

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Coffee with Damon on March 26

Submitted by Elaine Pritchard:

Join us for the next Coffee with Damon this Friday, March 26 from 10 – 11 a.m.

To connect via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 985 1682 8241
Password: 671026

or call: 1-646-876-9923

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Save these dates for upcoming coffees:

April 9, 10 a.m.
April 23, 10 a.m.
May 7, 10 a.m.
May 21, 10 a.m.

A Conversation with Stephen Heyman

A Conversation with Stephen Heyman

April 6, 2021
3 – 4 p.m.
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Louis Bromfield is one of the most interesting figures of the first half of the twentieth century who you likely haven’t heard of: a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of wildly popular novels who later became an early advocate of sustainable and organic agriculture. Join us for a talk with Stephen Heyman about his acclaimed biography The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution. We’ll discuss Bromfield’s writing career (which took him to Paris and Hollywood) and why he deserves greater recognition for his environmental efforts at his Ohio farm. Because The Planter of Modern Life draws on archival research with the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library’s Louis Bromfield Papers, Stephen will also share some highlights from his experience working with the collection.

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