Posts Tagged 'women’s history month'

The Librarian of Basra

Last month we wrote about this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers — the story of a soldier trying to come to terms with his service in Iraq. The Writer’s Studio is hosting a reading group for the novel tonight at 6:30 and we still have free copies available in the library! We will also continue to accept greeting cards for veterans until the end of this week.

The Librarian of Basra

The Free Library’s One Book program is coming to a close, and as it does we wanted to highlight another story from Iraq. In addition to Powers’s novel, the Free Library chose a book for children called The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq, written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. This book tells the true story of Alia Muhammad Baker, a librarian in Basra who saved her library’s collection from being destroyed by war. It is an incredible story, first reported by Shaila Dewan of the New York Times in 2003, Books Spirited to Safety Before Iraq Library Fire. Stop by the library to check out Winter’s vivid illustrations and Baker’s empowering work! A perfect book to round out One Book, One Philadelphia, as well as Women’s History Month.

Google Art Project + the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Detail of Rachel Ruysch's Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge (ca. 1680s)

Detail of Rachel Ruysch’s Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge (ca. 1680s)

Whether you’re traveling for spring break or holed up studying — you can visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) online through the Google Art Project! In honor of International Women’s day this past weekend, the NMWA made 59 pieces from their collection available online as high-resolution images. Not only can you zoom into an artwork to see vivid detail, you can use Google’s “museum view” feature to zoom out and move around three floors of the museum.

Also in honor of International Women’s day, the Google Cultural Institute partnered with museums (including NMWA), archives, and cultural groups from around the world to launch “Women in Culture,” a special collection of online exhibitions highlighting achievements by women artists, leaders, and innovators.

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Journal of the Month: WSQ

WSQ: Engage

In honor of Women’s History month, we’re featuring the Women’s Studies Quarterly (WSQ) as the journal of the month for March. WSQ is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published twice a year in June and December as a joint project of The Feminist Press and the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Since 1972, WSQ has been an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of emerging perspectives on women, gender, and sexuality.

WSQ Volume 41, Numbers 3-4, Fall/Winter 2013 is dedicated to the topic of engagement:

Engagement is entanglement—the drawing together of participants into a cooperating unit. So what does it mean to breach participation? How do the dynamics of social and political engagements inform one another? How are our relationships to institutions and identities defined by the degree to which we engage?

Along with essays, poetry, and fiction, two visual arts projects are included: Contact Sheet of Nike Missiles for a Moon Calendar (2012) photography by artist MPA, and Art, Environment, Action! (2012), by Radhika Subramaniam. Stop by the library to view this journal, and browse the back issues on display!


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Abstraction / edited by Maria Lind.
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