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Noteworthy: Sue Ottignon, Merrill Stein, Alice Bampton and Joanne Quinn

Librarians Susan Ottignon and Merrill Stein participated in the 38th annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies, “Asia Beyond Borders,” held at Villanova University Oct. 30 – Nov. 1.

Susan Ottignon, a research support librarian and a member of the languages and literatures library liaison team, was a co-presenter, with Masako Hamada, Ph.D., coordinator of  Japanese studies and a member of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, on the panel, “Teaching Asia Beyond Asia,” chaired by Hank Glassman, Ph.D., of Haverford College. They presented “Instructional Uses of the Web for Academic Courses.”

Merrill Stein, librarian liaison to political science, chaired the session “Texts and Contexts.” Participants in this session came from the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and the University of Hong Kong.

The Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies is “dedicated to improving understanding between Asia and America.” It is “a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia” with more than 7,000 members in the international Association for Asian Studies.

Alice Bampton, visual resources librarian, recently attended The Image of War seminar sponsored by the Center for Civil War Photography. The seminar was held in Charleston (S.C.) and focused on Civil War photography there. In addition to illustrated lectures by noted Civil War historians such as Edwin C. Bearss, the group participated in walking tours of Civil War Charleston and Fort Sumter and had a group photograph taken with authentic 19th century equipment. Following the seminar, there was a private visit to the H. L. Hunley, a Confederate submarine recently recovered from the waters near Charleston and currently undergoing conservation.

The Center for Civil War Photography is a non-profit organization founded to “educate the public about Civil War photography, its role in the conflict, and its rich variety of forms; to digitally secure original images and preserve vintage prints; to enhance the accessibility of photographs to the public; and to present interpretative programs that use stereoscopic and standard images to their fullest potential.” The CCWP has held its Image of War seminars annually since 2001.

Joanne Quinn, designer of cultural displays and special projects for Falvey’s Programming and Outreach team, attended the Event Design Summit in Los Angeles in September. For those who conceive and design events and exhibits, this annual event provides information and inspiration needed to renew their creative strategies and to turn their ideas into reality. Over thirty world-class designers, professors, authors and artists shared their expertise and presented material on the latest trends and processes. This year’s event focused on the precarious economy and how designers must learn to do more with fewer resources.

The take away, Joanne said, was that “perceived limitations can actually be the mother of invention and the key to a creative break through.”

By Alice Bampton and Joanne Quinn

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