Daily Archives: September 25, 2017

Events, Sept. 25

Fall 2017
Academic calendar information for all campuses is available online.

horizontal exhibit graphic for The Painted Photograph: Selections from the B & H Henisch Photo-History Collection, extended through September 30, 2017, room 201A Pattee Library, displays five black-and-white historic photo portraits and their encased frames

 

Extended! Now through Saturday, Dec. 8, “The Painted Photograph: Selections from the B. & H. Henisch Photo-History Collection exhibit,” Pattee Library operating hours, Paterno Family Reading Room, 201A Pattee Library, University Park.

 

 

Through Jan. 7, 2018: “William Styron: Books and Biography” exhibit, guest curator Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English James L.W. West III, Styron expert and biographer, Eberly Family Special Collections Library Exhibition Room, 104 Paterno Library, University Park.

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 21-30: Navaratri.

Tuesday, Sept. 26: Talk and exhibit opening: “William Styron: Books and Biography,” James L.W. West III, 4:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park. Reception following in the Mann Assembly Room, 105 Paterno Library.

Thursday, Sept. 28: Lynd Ward Prize event honoring author of Rolling Blackouts, Sarah Glidden, 4-5 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park and livestreamed via Mediasite Live.

Saturday, Sept. 30: Yom Kippur.

Wednesday, Oct. 4: Docunight: Iran via Documentaries, 7 p.m. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday, Oct. 10: Geospatial Data: Diving into library resources and beyond, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 211A Pattee Library and online via Zoom.

Wednesday, Oct. 11: University Libraries 25-Year Service Awards, 3:30-4:30 p.m.,Foster Auditorium and/or Mann Assembly Room, 102/103 Paterno Library, University Park, final location to be determined. 

Wednesday, Oct. 11: National Coming Out Day, part of National Coming Out Week at Penn State, details TBA.

Thursday, Oct. 12: Lee Bennett Hopkins Award event honoring authors Jorge Argueta (winner) & Nikki Grimes (honor winner), hosted by Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Friday–Sunday, Oct. 13-15: Parents and Families Weekend, University Park.

Tuesday, Oct. 17: Geospatial Exploration: Explore mapping and location topics and applications, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 211A Pattee Library and online via Zoom.

Wednesday, Oct. 18: Promotion and Tenure Recognition Reception, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Paterno Family Humanities Reading Room, University Park.

Wednesday, Oct. 18: Tech Update, by I-Tech, 2-3 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Thursday, Oct. 19: Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, celebrated.

Tuesday, Oct. 24: Geospatial Analysis:Introduction to working with location data and demographic data, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 302 Paterno Library and online via Zoom.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: “What the Libraries Can Do for You,” library resources talk for Penn State faculty and staff, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University and livestreamed via Mediasite Live.

Tuesday, Oct. 31: Geospatial Online: Overview of Online mapping options (ArcGIS Online and more)3:30-4:30 p.m., 211A Pattee Library and online via Zoom.

Wednesday, Nov. 1: Docunight: Iran via Documentaries, 7 p.m. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Sunday–Sunday, Nov. 5-12: Penn State Military Appreciation Week and Homecoming Week.

Monday, Nov. 6–Saturday, Dec. 16: NLM/NIH Traveling Exhibit: Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons, Life Sciences Library, 4th floor Paterno Library.

Saturday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day.

Monday–Friday, Nov. 13-17: International Education Week, details TBA.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: Penn State GIS Day, 1:30-5 p.m. speakers and lightning talks with 9 a.m.-5 p.m. poster display, Pattee Library and Paterno Library, University Park.

Nov. 19-25: Thanksgiving week break, no classes Nov. 20-24.

Thursday, Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Docunight: Iran via Documentaries, 7 p.m. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Friday, Dec. 8: Last day of fall classes. 

Sunday–Tuesday, Dec. 10-12: De-Stress Fest, University Park locations.

Tuesday, Dec. 12: Tech Update, by I-Tech, 10-11 a.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park.

Tuesday–Wednesday, Dec. 12-20: Hanukkah.

Saturday, Dec. 16: Fall commencement, University Park and other Penn State campuses; details and speaker information at multiple Penn State campuses TBA in December.

Please submit event information — and all Library News submissions — to Public Relations and Marketing via the Library News submission form.

‘William Styron: Books and Biography’ offers curated glimpse of novelist’s life

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library will host a talk at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, by Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English James L.W. West III in conjunction with the opening of its new exhibition, “William Styron: Books and Biography.” West, an expert on Styron and his works and donor of the collection from which the exhibition was curated, will trace the collection’s development and discuss the interrelationships and similarities between the disciplines of bibliography and biography.

West’s lecture will be held in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. A reception will follow in the Mann Assembly Room, 105 Paterno Library.

“It is a rare and ambitious feat to bring in a guest curator to curate an exhibit with our collections,” said Athena Jackson, Dorothy Feohr Huck Chair and head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. “We are delighted to have Professor West’s expertise and unique lens as a scholar to learn more about Styron and his oeuvre.”

Styron was one of the most prominent writers of his generation and the author of “Lie Down in Darkness,” “The Long March,” “Set This House on Fire,” “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” “Sophie’s Choice” and “Darkness Visible.” During his career Styron won the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal, the National Book Award and the Legion of Honor. Three of his books topped the bestseller lists in the U.S., and he enjoyed a wide readership in Europe, Asia and South America.

West, a Penn State English professor since 1986, is a biographer, book historian and scholarly editor. He was Styron’s bibliographer and his biographer, an unusual combination. West’s books include William Styron: A Life and an edition of Styron’s collected nonfiction, titled My Generation, published by Random House in 2015. The Special Collections Library exhibition features items from the James L.W. West III Collection on William Styron, formed over a period of nearly 50 years during the professor’s scholarly pursuits. West has donated his Styron materials, along with collections on H.L. Mencken, Theodore Dreiser and F. Scott Fitzgerald, to the University Libraries.

His Styron collection was initially a bibliographer’s assemblage, composed not only of first editions but also of book-club editions, paperbacks, translations, magazine appearances and ephemera, all of which he began forming as a graduate student. Later, West’s collecting was reoriented toward biography — letters, manuscripts and proofs were added, along with photographs, recorded interviews and other materials relating to Styron’s life and career.

West also is the general editor of the Cambridge University Press Fitzgerald Edition. His edition of “Trimalchio: An Early Version of The Great Gatsby” appeared in 2000, and his edition of “Tender Is the Night” was published in 2012. He authored “The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King” and is at work on a monograph about Fitzgerald and the profession of authorship, to be published by Harvard University Press. His most recent book is a collection of essays from Penn State University Press titled “Making the Archives Talk.”

Also of note in the Special Collections Library is the recent addition of Clara Drummond as its new curator and coordinator of exhibitions. Drummond most recently served as assistant curator of Literacy and Historical Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

“We are looking forward to future exhibits with Clara’s unique expertise. I anticipate our exhibitions continuing to educate and inspire visitors for years to come,” Jackson said.

The exhibition “William Styron: Books and Biography” will be on display through Sunday, Jan. 7. 2018. For further information, contact Athena Jackson, Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, at anj11@psu.edu.