Spring 2024 Events at the University Libraries

January 18, 2024

Miriam Posner: “Seeing Like a Supply Chain”
Tuesday, January 23 | 3-4 p.m. | Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

We’re used to getting almost anything at almost any time, as long as we’re willing to pay. And most of us are aware that many things we buy come from far away. But how do companies make this happen? And what can that tell us about the world we live in?

Miriam Posner, assistant professor of information studies at UCLA, will discuss the origins and current state of supply-chain management, the discipline that moves goods across the world. Her talk will focus on the technology behind supply-chain management, explaining how a specific vision of global economics is embedded in software and data.

A reception will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the University Libraries and two Carolina Seminars: Humanities, Data, and Technology and New Directions in Film Studies.

Digital South Panel Series Presents
On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance
Tuesday, February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual

On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance is a project from the University Libraries that has used text analysis and expert assessments of the North Carolina General Statutes from 1966 to 1967 to identify laws likely to be Jim Crow laws. The laws are available as a plain text corpus and can be searched and visualized on the On the Books website.

Over the past year, two teams of scholars have used products from On the Books in research projects of their own design. Frank Baumgartner, Kaneesha Johnson, and Marty Davidson have worked on “Measuring the Current Effect of Jim Crow Laws in North Carolina,” which analyzed recent arrests in North Carolina to investigate possible connections to Jim Crow laws. Megan Winget and Danita Mason-Hogans’ project, “On the Books, in the Streets, and in the Home: Jim Crow and its Legacy in Orange County, North Carolina,” compared Jim Crow laws to the lived experiences of local community members as described in oral histories.

This program will showcase the fellows’ findings. Each team will present their findings and answer questions about their work. The program will be moderated by On the Books team member Morgan Wilson.

Join “On the Books” via Zoom

Davis Library 40th Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, February 7 | 3-5 p.m. | Davis Library Atrium

Travel back to the past to celebrate Davis Library’s 40th birthday. Bring your big hair, roller skates, and neon leggings for a totally tubular time. Drop in for a campus celebration with fun activities, free food, and lots more. Don’t be bogus by missing this event!

Health Sciences Library Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Tuesday, February 20 | 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. |Health Sciences Library, Floor 2

The Health Sciences Library is hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon focused on mental health. Carolina students are invited to learn about and practice editing Wikipedia pages, explore health information resources and summarize content in plain language for the public. Come for food, door prizes and a chance to meet students from different programs across campus! The event starts with instructions at 5:30 p.m. and includes prize drawings at 6:30 p.m.

This is an Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice Distinguished Scholars event.

Center for the Study of the American South 30th/50th Anniversary Symposium
Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6 |Wilson Special Collections Library

Join a weekend of celebration for the thirtieth anniversary of the Center for the Study of the American South (CSAS) and Southern Cultures and the fiftieth anniversary of the Southern Oral History Program, cosponsored by the University Libraries. Events include a keynote address from New York Times-bestselling author Bettina Love and a symposium where Center founders, alums, faculty, students, staff and community members will discuss what this time of extraordinary change requires of a leading center for the study of the U.S. South.

Learn more about the CSAS Anniversary Symposium

The Second Life of Campus Trees Opening Reception
Tuesday, April 16 | 5 p.m. | Wilson Special Collections Library, North Carolina Collection Gallery

The trees that beautify and shade our campus have stood witness to the history of the University.   A new exhibit in the Wilson Special Collections Library, “Second Life of Campus Trees,” looks at how campus partners transform the trunks and branches of downed trees into furniture and works of art.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Library will hold a panel discussion featuring staff who make this work possible, including:

  • Tom Bythell, University Arborist
  • Susan Cohen, Associate Director of Institute for the Environment and member of the Carolina Tree Heritage program
  • J. Fedor, Supervisor at BeAM@Carolina
  • James Hirschfield, Art Department professor; and Stephan Moll, Hematologist and Community Artist.

The talk follows a reception and viewing of an exhibition featuring art and other items made from trees once standing on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

Cummings Map Society Presents
“More than Meets the Eye: Symbolic Messages Conveyed Through Maps”
Saturday, April 27 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

Join the University Libraries and the Cummings Map Society for a talk by Margaret Beck Pritchard, distinguished cartographic scholar of colonial America and curator of prints, maps, and wallpaper at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The talk follows a reception and viewing of Compasses, Cartouches, and Creatures: Exploring the Art of North Carolina Maps, an exhibition exploring how mapmakers used artistic and symbolic embellishments in historical maps.

Artists’ Books Book Club
Fourth Fridays| 2-4 p.m. |Art Library

Join the monthly drop-in event at the Art Library, featuring artists’ books and zines from Carolina’s special collections.

Spring Semester dates:

  • February 23
  • March 22
  • April 26