Upcoming Events

Title:Tell & Share in BRL323
Date:Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Prof. Lucia Cedeira-Serantes

Library and GSLIS Department  faculty research sharing program 

Date:Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time:5:30pm - 7:30pm
Presenter:Amanda Nocera
Categories:Public LIbrary Events

Now more than ever before, humanity is equipped with the tools to connect across an increasingly small world, beyond physical and ideological borders. Friends and loved ones, near and far, known and as yet unrealized, are only a few clicks away, their histories lying in wait, begging to be discovered. Given the wealth of information at our fingertips, we might question our own role in this dynamic--what is it that we are willing to offer of ourselves in order to know an ‘other’?
The answer, it seems, is not very much at all. Looking for love? Swipe right. Agree with a statement or support a cause? Thumbs up. Celebrating a friend’s accomplishment? That’ll be one swift double-tap. Insert smiley face, insert heart, repeat. Scrolling through life from the comfort of our own anywhere, communication has become more of a convenient pastime than an active emotional investment--a far cry from those earliest pictographs and gestures, so necessarily replete with signification as woman and man plunged into a wholly unfamiliar world. Today’s return to pictographic symbols can certainly feel like progress, undeniably enabling us to react with greater frequency on any number of “social” outlets during our limited free time; but what can be said for the quality of our engagement? Has the value of our signs become diluted by their own accessibility? Inundated by options that require less and less of our own active participation, have we become rooted in place, our complacency masked by the illusion of connectivity?

Uncertain Alphabet considers the potentially-isolating effects of modern communication methods through Yorgos Giotsas' new works on paper, which represent a marked departure from his typically sculptural body of work. As the second half of an ongoing partnership between Giotsas and the Art Center, begun with the series' debut at Galerie Desmos in Paris, France, in November 2017, the Uncertain Alphabet at QC continues to build an active and constructive response to the issues raised in Giotsas' work

Yorgos Giotsas attended classes of painting at the School of Fine Arts in Greece and Graphic Design at Hertfordshire University in the UK. He lived in London, Istanbul and Athens. Today he is living and working in Italy and Greece. Several works of him belong to private and public collections in Greece and outside, we can see some of them in particular in the Museum for Contemporary Art of the 1900s in Monsummano - Italy, in the Hungarian Open Air Museum at Szentendre - Budapest in Hungary and in the Museum Kresow of Lubaczow in Poland, in Queens College in New York, USA, in Consulate General of Greece, New York, USA and in the Italian American Museum, New York, USA.

Yorgos Giotsas: https://www.yorgosgiotsas-art.com/

Title:Library Instruction Workshop: Selection and Integration of Comics into LIB 100
Date:Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Time:12:15pm - 1:30pm
Presenter:Danielle Lord
Categories:Public LIbrary Events
Registration:Registration is required for this event.

Integrate visual literacy into your teaching and support multimodal literacy!

Visual literacy is an essential component of information literacy in a world in which information is often conveyed visually through media that employ both images and language. Visual materials have the potential to engage and motivate students. For those students who may be more adept with images than with text, incorporating comics into information literacy pedagogy values types of information that may be more familiar to students and helps to establish a context for other, purely textual materials. Because visual materials are often part of students’ lives outside their academic work, students should learn to interpret images critically and contextually.  Finally, as a medium demanding multiple types of literacies, comics provide a unique opportunity to develop multimodal literacies.


[featured image from http://www.comicbookliteracy.com/]