Events in the Library




Asemic Manuscripts

Fenwick Gallery

On display through March 16

Deconstructing traditional writing systems and letter forms, artist Kate Fitzpatrick invents her own written language as meditation. The work unveils a realm of streaming consciousness, forming a mantra of the artist, while the structure of the page invites the viewer to search for the familiar and reflect on the unknown. Read more:


From Tintypes to .TIFFS: Life through the Lens

Special Collections Research Center

On display through April 1, 2018

From the early days of 19th century daguerreotypes and tintypes to current digital images captured on smartphones, photographers have documented human life and the world around us in vivid detail. The technologies and processes they use have changed dramatically over the years, but the desire to capture a moment with some degree of permanence remains the same. Trace the evolution of photographic processes and subject matter through our Special Collections Research Center’s holdings of amateur and professional photography. Items on display include Civil War-era tintypes; late 19th century cartes de visite; Vietnam War photographs from a U.S. military advisor; prints from Richard Nixon’s official White House photographer; examples of photographic tools from various eras; and more!




Exhibition Reception & Talk - From Tintypes to .TIFFS: Life through the Lens

Monday, February 19, 2-4pm, Special Collections Research Center Seminar Room

Professor Vanessa Schulman of the History and Art History department will provide remarks about SCRC’s current photography exhibit, and Argo Tea will provide refreshments.




Research Reflections: Jacquelyn Williamson, Assistant Professor of Art History

Thursday, February 22, 2pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room

Professor Williamson, an Egyptologist with a special focus on gender and religious power, will discuss her work and recent book, Nefertiti’s Sun Temple: A New Cult Complex at Tell el-Amarna. She is involved in the ongoing investigation of Kom el-Nana at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt, the site of a sun temple associated with Queen Nefertiti (the subject of her first book).


Mason Author Series: Lincoln Mullen

Thursday, March 1, 3-4:30pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room

Lincoln A. Mullen, Assistant Professor of History, will discuss his latest, The Chance of Salvation: A History of Conversion in AmericaThe Chance of Salvation examines the intersection of religion and individual choice, through a history of conversion in America. By uncovering the way religious identity is structured as obligatory decision, this book explores why Americans change religions and why the US is both highly religious in terms of religious affiliation and very secular in the sense that no religion is an unquestioned default. Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.


Book Launch: Playfair

Thursday, March 22, 2-3:30 p.m., Fenwick Main Reading Room

The University Libraries, George Mason University Press, and the University Bookstore present Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World, featuring author Bruce Berkowitz.  Read more:

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  • Microforms equipment is now located in Room 1713, Fenwick Library.
  • Fenwick Library Wing C elevator graphics will be installed March 5.