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Curating Collections + Community @ Poets House (2015)

On November 7, 2015, I joined Nancy Kuhl, poet and curator of poetry for the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Kevin Young, poet and curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University, to discuss how we “curate collections and community” at Poets House’s Library Symposium. Other participants included Catherine Barnett, Tyehimba Jess, Monica Youn, Ander Monson, and Susan Howe. You can find my comments here.

An afternoon spent in silence? A-Z? The cosmic order of Borges’ library of the imagination? Whatever the duration, extent, or dimensions of your perfect library, this day-long symposium will delight and inform as it winds through the many roles libraries take on in the community of readers and in the imagination, as collection, as shared intellectual and physical space, and as the symbol of shared knowledge.

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Learning from the Library (without Cracking a Book) (2015)

I was excited to be invited to visit Smith College in April 2015 to talk about library design. Just a week before my visit Smith announced that Maya Lin (whose mother is an alum) and Shepley Bulfinch would be partnering on the design of their new library building. I gave my talk to a packed room — quite a heartening turnout, for which I’m very grateful, and which speaks volumes (ha! a library joke!) to the community’s commitment to the library. You can find my slides and text here.

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Mapping Gyros, Juloos, Disaster Ruins, Beer, Fallout Shelters, Drive-Ins, Serial Killers, and Other Stuff

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We’ve wrapped up our fourth semester of Urban Media Archaeology. Once again, Rory and I were blown away by the students’ innovative research projects, their applications of various methodologies, their exhaustive research (including quite a bit of archival work), and the inventive means by which they transformed their arguments into spatial stories. Here’s a little synopsis of their projects (many of which are still works in progress!), accompanied by some words of wisdom the students shared in their end-of-semester reflective blog posts about the research-and-mapping process (not everyone’s posted yet):

Hira studied halal food trucks as embodiments of global migrations and geopolitics; of local, multicultural infrastructures of exchange; and of the cultural politics of food.