WVU Libraries Symposium Series

Talking Publicly

Conversations for a Better World

Talking Publicly with Poet Maggie Anderson: Part One
Talking Publicly with Poet Maggie Anderson: Part Two
Talking Publicly with Poet Maggie Anderson: Part Three

What's the Symposium Series?

To frame a 21st century identity for its contributions to the WVU community and the state of West Virginia, the WVU Libraries are exploring internal and external changes. Building new partnerships with global organizations and local cultural institutions is part of this exploration.

Symposium Events

Maggie Anderson

Talking Publicly with Maggie Anderson

West Virginia University Libraries will present Talking Publicly with Maggie Anderson, a reading and discussion, on April 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Library's Milano Reading Room. This free event, part of a celebration of National Poetry Month, is open to the public.

More information about the event is available on our news page.

For more information about Anderson visit her website, maggieandersonpoet.com.

You can view recordings of this event:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Apr. 4, 2018 | Milano Room, Downtown Library
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International Games Week at WVU Libraries

WVU Libraries programs for International Games Week will explore gamification through gaming scholarship showcase, panel discussions, open play and more.

Monday through Saturday, Oct. 30-Nov. 4: Take a break from work or study to play arcade games provided by local Star Port Arcade and Pub in Room 1036.
Monday, Oct. 30: "Real Representations and Liminal Lessons: Considerations for Games in Learning" 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 104.
Wednesday, Nov. 1: Gamification in the Classroom at 11 a.m. in Room 104
Thursday, Nov. 2: Cartridges Galore! Free gaming from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in Room 2036
Friday, Nov. 3: Student Game Developers Club On-site Gaming Station from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in Room 2036
Saturday, Nov. 4: Family Day from 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2017 | Downtown Library
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Donuts & Diversity! Expanding on Looking at Appalachia: A Panel on Intersectionality in Appalachian Photography

This panel will include short presentations exploring different ways of representation and discuss intersectionality with regard to identities exuded in photos of the people and places of Appalachia. The WVU Libraries' exhibit, Looking at Appalachia: Selected Images from 2014-2016, will serve as visible example and provide impetus for conversation. Email sbdeskins@mail.wvu.edu questions ahead of time or ask at the event. Donuts & coffee provided. The discussion will be moderated by Carroll Wilkinson, Director of Strategic Library Initiatives at WVU Libraries.

Attendees are invited to bring their own photos of Appalachia/Appalachian people to donate to the West Virginia and Regional History Center archives.

Oct. 13, 2017
10am-12pm | Milano Room, Downtown Campus Library
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Your Health and Mindfulness: A Forum

Mindfulness is a topic that has begun to permeate many aspects of our lives. A wide variety of mindfulness practices exist, each with its own benefit to mental, physical, and emotional health. The WVU School of Medicine, the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, and the WVU Libraries have made a commitment to see that the health and well-bring of all West Virginia residents is a top priority. Join us for a thoughtful discussion on the potentially dynamic relationship between health and mindfulness. There will be a reception following the forum. All are welcome to attend.

November 28, 2016
3:30 - 5:00 P.M. | Downtown Library
Harriet Lyon

WVU Women: Celebrating 125 Years of Graduating Women from West Virginia University

March 15
4:00 p.m. -Opening and Welcome

March 16
10:00 a.m. - Student Poster Session
10:45 a.m. - Breaking Through a Glass Ceiling in Mathematics, Dr. Marjorie Darrah
1:00 p.m. - Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
4:00 p.m. - A Discussion of the Triumphs & Tribulations of WVU Sisterhood during the Last 25 Years, Dr. Ethel Smith, Ms. Martha Yancey, Dr. Marjorie Fuller, & Ms. Cathy Jasper
7:30 p.m. - Courage, Curiosity and Conviction: Celebrating 125 Years of Women's Education at WVU, by Dr. Gina Barreca

March 17
10:00 a.m. - Excellence Through Equity: Are We There Yet?, Dr. Judith Stitzel & Carroll Wilkinson
11:15 a.m. - Wrap-up of Symposium

March 15, 2016 - March 17, 2016 | Downtown Library
Fractured Spaces

Fractured Spaces

The opening for Fractured spaces: stories of resistance & resilience, sponsored by the WVU Libraries, will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Sept. 17, with remarks at 5 p.m. Raimondo describes the three-part show as bringing together work focused on communities disrupted and dislocated by political and cultural conflict. Although she took the pictures at different locations and under unique circumstances, Raimondo found herself following a common thread running through the works, community re-defined as survivors struggled, supporting each other, in tumultuous times. She explained that she follows basic rules of journalism when she begins any project: go to where the people are, show the community as they are and report with context.

See more at https://www.facebook.com/fracturedspaces.

September 17, 2015
4:00 - 6:30 P.M. | Downtown Library
Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story (2014)

Goodbye Gauley Mountain Film Screening & Discussion

Having coined the term SexEcology, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens and have been developing this new field of research over the course of their thirteen-year collaboration. They shift the metaphor of Earth as mother to that of lover, inspiring and engaging others in more mutual relationship with nature and each other. Infusing sensual pleasure, humor and absurdity into unlikely situations, Stephens and Sprinkle engage the unexpected, encouraging us to slow down the alarming speed of our lives.

The documentary/romance Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story (2014), followed with a discussion by the filmmakers, will be held at the Gluck Theater on 7:30 PM on Wednesday, September 2nd.

See more at http://theecosexuals.ucsc.edu/.

September 2, 2015
7:30 P.M. | Gluck Theater
Where Are All the Women? Wikipedia's Gender Gap

Where Are All the Women? Wikipedia's Gender Gap

Wikipedia is one of the first sources that people turn to for information on various topics - some 450 million Internet users per month. But the site faces a serious gender gap. The large majority of its volunteer editors are male, and women have a minority voice. This panel will discuss the lack of Wikipedia's women editors and what can be done to bridge the gender gap.

Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz was one of the first people to look at the gender gap on Wikipedia. To learn more about her work, please view a NewsHour broadcast on PBS, which aired in May 2014 and served as the inspiration for this initiative.

March 4, 2015
7:30 P.M. | G20 Ming Hsieh Hall
Tackling the Gender Gap in Wikipedia Through Course Assignments

Tackling the Gender Gap in Wikipedia Through Course Assignments

Hosted by the WVU Libraries, the workshop will clarify the known gender gap in Wikipedia content, address strategies underway for correcting the problem on other campuses, and introduce the protocols of writing for Wikipedia here at WVU. Attendees will leave the session with ideas for proven course assignments and strategies for adoption in their courses. Articles for Wikipedia can be substituted for traditional research projects in courses and can result in compelling student engagement and learning.

This online session was conducted in Go To Meeting software and is available to view online.

April 30, 2015
10:30 A.M. | Downtown Campus Library, Room 2036

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Speakers are added to the series as opportunities to sponsor thoughtful public conversations about important issues in civic life arise. The Libraries are challenging themselves and others to connect with the multifaceted issues of contemporary society.

Gina Barreca

Gina Barreca

Professor of English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut

Degrees from Dartmouth College, Cambridge University, and the City University of New York

Author of:
I'm with Stupid: One Man One Woman: 10,000 Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up (A Collection of Essays co-written with Gene Weingarten), 2006
It's Not That I'm Bitter: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, 2010
Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League, 2011
Make Mine a Double: Why Women Like Us Like to Drink (Or Not), 2011
They Used to Call Me Snow White: But Then I Drifted, 2013
If You Learn to Lean In Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times. (Forthcoming April 5, 2016)

Marjorie Fuller

Marjorie Fuller

Director of The WVU Center for Black Culture and Research

Marjorie Fuller was appointed to the position of Director of The WVU Center for Black Culture and Research in the spring of 2008. She was previously a professor in the Department of Pan African Studies at Kent State University. She has also served as The Assistant Dean for Intercultural Life at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and as The Director of Diversity Affairs at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Ms. Fuller is a past national representative of BMcPIE, Black and Multicultural Professionals in International Education (a sic of NAFSA), and is a member, past executive board member, and Griot for the NABCC, The National Association of Black Culture Centers.

Cathy Jasper

Cathy Jasper

Program Coordinator for the ADVANCE Center

Cathy serves as the Program Coordinator for the ADVANCE Center. She assists with the coordination of activities to support and sustain a culture of equity and inclusion, provides day to day continuity by promoting programs to the faculty and administrators, builds key relationships in departments and other units on campus, and assists in the financial management of the WVU ADVACNE Sponsorship Program. She brings key administrative experiences to the ADVANCE project after 12 years as the administrative associate in the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. She is currently serving on the WVU Strategic Planning Council, the MLK Committee through the Center for Black Culture & Research and has previously served on the WVU Staff Council and Council for Women's Concerns.

Ethel Morgan Smith

Ethel Morgan Smith

Writer/Professor/International Culturist

Ethel Morgan Smith was born in Louisville, Alabama. In addition to teaching at West Virginia University, she has also taught at The Universitat of Tubingen, Randolph Macon Woman's 'College, and Virginia Tech. She is the author of From Whence Cometh My Help: The African American Community at Hollins College. Her essay "Love Means Nothing," was the winner of the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Award. Smith has published in national and international journals, including Callaloo and African American Review. She is also the recipient of The Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy, a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, Visiting Artist-American Academy Rome, DuPont Fellowship, and Brandeis University-Women's Research Center-Visiting Fellow.

Martha Yancey

Martha Yancey

Interim Director of Evansdale Library and Access, User Services, and Resource Sharing Librarian

Martha C. Yancey is currently the Interim Director and Access, User Services, and Resource Sharing Librarian at West Virginia University Evansdale Library. Ms. Yancey has worked for WVU Libraries since 1996, and was instrumental in the creation of the WVU Libraries Diversity Residency Program. She is the incoming Chair-Elect of the Academic Library Division of the West Virginia Library Association, and a former President of the Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries and the West Virginia Library Association. In 2014, her research was published in the Journal of Information Literacy.

Marjorie Darrah

Marjorie Darrah

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Marjorie Darrah, Associate Professor of Mathematics here at WVU and the first woman to receive a PhD. in mathematics at WVU will reflect on her experiences and changes at the University over the last twenty five years. Dr. Amy Keesee, Research Assistant Professor of Physics and President of the local AWIS chapter, will moderate this session

The session is co-sponsored by the American Women of Science (AWIS), local chapter.

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Stimulating conversations and projects while developing the broader social function of the research library, the Libraries welcome ideas from potential campus partners for new endeavors and community building events.


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Gina Barreca's keynote address, Courage, Curiosity and Conviction: Celebrating 125 Years of Women's Education at WVU, will be on March 16, 2016 from 7:30-9pm at the Downtown Campus Library.


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