Special Collections will be closed November 27 – November 30

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Just a reminder: Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives will be closed Thursday, November 27 – Sunday, November 30. We will re-open on Monday, December 1, at 10:00 a.m.

Click here for a full list of library hours

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Michael Kosowski ’16 speaks about his exhibit “Some of These People”: Marking the Other in Soviet Russia”

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Michael Kosowski speaks about his exhibit “Some of These People” in the University Art Museum.

On Friday, November 21, 2014, Michael Kosowski welcomed BU Libraries staff members to his exhibit “Some of These People”: Marking the Other in Soviet Russia” on display in the University Art Museum.  The exhibit featured Soviet posters on loan from the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections.

Michael spoke about creating and researching for the exhibit and the imagery and messages of propaganda  in Soviet posters.

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Michael speaks about his exhibit with BU Library staff members (l-r) Kathryn Kowalczik, Jean Green, Anthony Tersmette, and Laura Evans.

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University Archivist gives Newing College talk

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On Friday, November 21, University Archivist, Yvonne Deligato, spoke about Newing College history to members of the Binghamton University Scholars Program.  The presentation included a brief discussion about the inception of Binghamton University and explored the development of the Newing College residential community and its unique traditions, events and activities.  The presentation followed with questions from the members of the scholars program.

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New TV spot is a homegrown effort

Andrew J. Hatling, University video producer, center, and Ryan Yarosh, director of media and public relations, work on Binghamton University's new TV spot on the Lois B. DeFleur Walkway.  Photo by Jonathan Cohen

Andrew J. Hatling, University video producer, center, and Ryan Yarosh, director of media and public relations, work on Binghamton University’s new TV spot on the Lois B. DeFleur Walkway.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen

What does it take to shoot a modern TV spot? Expensive equipment? A 40-man crew? A gargantuan budget? For Binghamton University, all it takes is some teamwork.

The University’s new 30-second TV spot, “Binghamton – This Is Premier,” is a study in collaboration. The video, which showcases the University’s history using archive footage and props, period furniture and digital effects, was produced almost entirely in-house by students, faculty and staff.

“The way that people came together to put this project together, it’s unbelievable,” University Video Producer Andrew Hatling said. “From so many different arenas, it was such a huge, huge team effort – from theater to Special Collections in the library to people on the web team and the marketing department.”

Read more here: New TV spot is a homegrown effort

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Symposium on fakes and forgeries Saturday, Nov. 22

A symposium titled “Hidden Clues: Discerning Fakes and Forgeries in Art” will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in FA-258, in conjunction with the current exhibition, “The Spanish Forger: “Medieval” Paintings from the Collection of William Voelkle ’52”.

Four short presentations will address the problems of fakes and forgeries in art:

William Voelkle ’52
Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
The Morgan Library & Museum, NYC

Patrick McGrady ’92
Charles V. Hallman Curator
Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University

Luisa Casella
Photographs conservator
West Lake Conservators, Skaneateles, NY

Betty Krulik
Betty Krulik Fine Art Ltd.
President, Appraisers Association of America

A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Kenneth C. Lindsay Study Room Fund, this event is free and open to all.

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“Good-bye to All That: The First World War and the End of An Era” to be held in Special Collections

Scene from the Academy Award Best Picture winner, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

All are welcome to join this occasional series, “Good-bye to All That: The First World War and the End of An Era,” from 11:01-12:31 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Huppé Reading Room, Special Collections, Bartle Library.

The presentation and discussion will be led by Beth Kilmarx, Curator of Rare Books, and Richard Mackenney, Professor of History.

The First World War is considered by many as a watershed in Britain, marking the end of an era that had its origins during the Victorian period. Join us as we discuss the impact of the waron the British Empire and Europe. Highlighting the discussion will be examples of World War I vintage literary works, historical documents and photographs that are housed in Special Collections.

Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Bartle Library.

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University Archives materials featured in Binghamton’s New Commercial!

The new Binghamton University TV commercial, This Is Premier, showcases our school’s history — with a creative twist. Check out how it all came together.

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University Archivist Yvonne Deligato pulled yearbooks, hats, apparel and photographs from the University Archives to give the set an authentic 1940s look.

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Reading with Binghamton University faculty Nov. 11

A reading from two Binghamton University faculty members, Alexi Zentner and Maria Mazziotti Gillan, will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in S1-149.

Novelist Zentner is the author of “The Lobster Kings” and “Touch.” New this year, “The Lobster Kings” was named a “must-read” by the New York Post, The Minnapolis Star Tribune and the Boston Magazine, and will be published in at least six countries and five languages. His first novel, “Touch,” was published in a dozen countries, and named one of the “Best Books” of 2011 by The National Post, Kobo, and Amazon.ca.

Poet Gillan has published 20 books. Most recently, she has published the poetry and art collection, “The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets,” the poetry collection “Ancestor’s Song,” the craft book, “Writing Poetry to Save Your Life” and the bi-lingual poetry collection, “In a Place of Flowers and Light.”

Director of Binghamton’s Creative Writers Program, Gillan is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the 2011 Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, “All that Lies Between Us.”

The reading is free. All are welcome. For more information, call 607-777-2713 or send an e-mail.

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Tricky Treatise: inaugural talk of the Occasional Series in Special Collections

Curator of Rare Books, Beth Kilmarx, speaks at the Tricky Treatise event.

Curator of Rare Books, Beth Kilmarx, speaks at the Tricky Treatise event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Collections hosted Tricky Treatise: Malleus Maleficarum (the Hammer of Witches) and European Witch Hunting. This event was the first of many presentation of the Occasional Series in Special Collections. Held on Tuesday, October 28 more than twenty campus faculty, community members, students, and library members attended the presentation given by Beth Kilmarx and Richard Mackenney, Professor of History. Beth Kilmarx discussed the the historical backdrop of the treatise and its publishing history. Dr. Mackenny discussed the effect the book on Europe, and how the witch hunts were mostly concentrated in the Alpine regions of Germany. After the presentation, there were many questions which led to a lively discussion period. The next event, Good-bye to All That: the First World War and the End of an Era, will be held on Tuesday, November 11 at 11:01 -12:31 in Special Collections. Beth Kilmarx and Dr. Mackenney will present their papers which will be followed by a discussion.

Professor of History, Richard Mackenney speaks at the Tricky Treatise event.

Professor of History, Richard Mackenney speaks at the Tricky Treatise event.

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Department of English: 2014 Miriam Leranbaum Memorial Lecture

Bust of Jonathan Swift Memorial to Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) in St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. © Copyright Philip Halling

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Memorial to Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. © Copyright Philip Halling

Helen Deutsch, professor of English from the University of California, Los Angeles, will lecture on “Disability, Irony, Untimeliness: The Lateness of Jonathan Swift” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Room 2320, Special Collections Reading Room located on the second floor of the Bartle Library.

Interested students and faculty are also invited to attend a special lunchtime seminar with Deutsch at noon Friday, Oct.31. For more information, special accommodations or seating requests, contact John Havard via e-mail.

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