Strategic Diversity Talk: Dr. John F. Gates

Strategic diversity expert Dr. John F. Gatespresident and CEO of Campus Diversity Agenda, will be on GSU’s campus to deliver a talk, “The Evolution of Diversity and Inclusion Thought and Practice.”

October 8 (Wednesday)
Centennial Hall Auditorium
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Dr. Gates has been visiting campuses to create dialogues on race, gender, equality, affirmative action, microaggressions, unconscious biases, and LGBT engagement. He has been described as “America’s most insightful and transformational diversity thought-leader [for] blazing new trails in the practice of diversity and inclusion.” (NewYork Netwire)

Event flyer details here.

Learn more:

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Library Workshop: Teaching with Archival Sources

Morna Gerrard, GSU’s Women and Gender Collections Archivist, and Jill Anderson, History/African-American Studies/Women’s Studies Librarian, will be offering a workshop for faculty and graduate students on “Teaching with Archival Sources” from 11 am – 12:30 pm on Thursday, October 9 in the Colloquium Room, Library South 8.

In this hands-on workshop for faculty and graduate students we will demonstrate an in-class exercise to show how primary sources can be utilized for a range of cross-disciplinary learning outcomes. The exercise will be based on materials from the GSU Special Collections and Archives’ reproductive rights collections, with an emphasis on attention to the language used in the items. We hope to demonstrate the value and usefulness of Special Collections resources to a wider range of departments. We invite you to attend as our “students”!

Information about this workshop is available at the Fall 2014 Workshops research guide, which also includes a link for registration via EventBrite (click here for direct link). Advance registration is requested if possible.

Please direct questions about this event to Jill Anderson or Morna Gerrard.

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Sheroes of the Year Event, 2014

Celebrate the Power of Purpose and Persistence!

Our dear friends Joyce Dunaway Parker and Alicia Philipp are being honored as the 2014 Sheroes of the Year by the Georgia State University Library’s Women and Gender Collections. The 2014 Sheroes of the Year Celebration will take place at Georgia State University’s Centennial Hall, located at 100 Auburn Avenue, on Thursday, November 20, from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Presented annually, the Shero of the Year Award recognizes an individual or individuals whose work and accomplishments have made a significant impact on gender equality in Georgia and the South, improving the lives of countless women and girls. Those lives are documented in Georgia State University’s Women and Gender Collections, and  honoring Joyce and Alicia will help support those collections.

Joyce Dunaway Parker

Founder and first president of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, Joyce Dunaway Parker also served as vice president of the national organization’s board of directors. She was a charter member and a rape counselor for the Cobb County Rape Crisis Center, and a former board member of Cobb Family Resources. Well known as an organizer and three-term president of ERAGeorgia, Parker has also been president of the League of Women Voters of Cobb-Marietta, and is a member of Emily’s List and the NAACP.  Parker is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta, and was also a member of its Retreat Committee as well as chairing the same committee for Leadership Cobb. She is a long-time member and organizer with the United Methodist Church of North Georgia and the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta, and she has served the Cobb County Youth Museum as scriptwriter, Speakers Bureau chair, docent, and puppeteer!

Parker has received the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia and the Public Service Award from the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Alicia Philipp

Alicia Philipp is president of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, which serves donors and nonprofits in 23 counties in the metro Atlanta region. Philipp has led the Foundation’s grantmaking, fundraising and collaborative initiatives with donors, nonprofits and community leaders for the past 37 years. Under her leadership, The Community Foundation has grown from $7 million in assets in 1977 to more than $929 million in total assets.

Named to Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians” list, Philipp has also been named one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of 175 “Emory History Makers” by Emory University and has received the Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni Award. Her local, regional and national leadership responsibilities include previous service as a board member of the Council on Foundations, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Independent Sector and the National Center on Family Philanthropy. Philipp received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a master’s in business administration from Georgia State University. She devotes much of her free time to mentoring future leaders.

Sheroes of the Year Celebration

Thursday, November 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at 100 Auburn Avenue, known as Centennial Hall, home of our Welcome Center, our President, and the new front door to our University

100 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
(100 Auburn Avenue has secure, onsite parking (via Courtland Street) and is wheelchair accessible.)

Please RSVP by 11/11/2014
404-413-2703 /

Suggested attendee contribution: $100.00
(Click here to contribute) or contact Margaret Park Mathews or 404-413-3487.


Our Sheroes have dedicated much of their lives to helping and mentoring younger generations, and we would like to encourage everyone to do the same. Therefore, if you join our host committee, we invite you to bring a younger-generation feminist as our guest. Sign up by Monday, October 6, and your name will appear on our event invitation. Sign up by Monday, November 10, and your name will appear on our event program.

Powerful Pacesetters
Lucy H. and Stephen E. Draper

Passionate Pioneers ($2,500.00)

Potent Persuaders ($1,500.00)|
Joyce Dunaway Parker
Laura Voisinet

Proud Players ($1,000.00)
Margaret Curtis
Anne and Mike Easterly
Diane L. Fowlkes
Beth Schapiro
Judith G. Taylor

Persuasive Proponents ($500.00)
Joanna M. Adams
Elaine B. Alexander
Suzanne and Rob Boas
Ann Curry
Cheryl Hargrett

Pragmatic Planners ($250.00)
Kathy B. Ashe
Eleanor Babcock
Linda A. Bell
Jennifer Bennecke
Carol Binns
Jessie R. Draper
Chrisy Erickson
Lucy Erickson Fitzpatrick
Nancy Hall
Doris M Hargrett
William S. Parker
Janet Paulk
Polly B. Simpson
Lucy Vance

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Atlanta Beltline Health Initiatives Lecture

The Georgia State University Community is invited to join the School of Public Health for its’ annual Urban Health Disparities Lecture.  This year, the speaker is Paul Morris, president and CEO of the Atlanta Beltline, Inc.  Mr. Morris will speak on the topic, “How the Atlanta Beltline is Improving Public Health.”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
10:30 am – 12 pm
Centennial Hall
100 Auburn Avenue Northeast
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303

The Atlanta BeltLine is…

the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other.

Read up on urban health and city planning with these books from the GSU Library.

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Explore the Library. Crack the Case. Save OSCAR.®

The GSU Library is piloting a fun and interactive game that teaches new students how to navigate our services and resources.  The premise of the game is that a famous OSCAR® statuette has been stolen from the Library’s Special Collections and Archives.  Students must travel around the Library, visiting service points and using resources, to find clues to figure out which of the game characters (seen above) is the thief.  For information about the game, please visit or contact Leslie Madden at

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CURVE Hosts Tableau Day on Friday, September 26th

Find out how to easily create visual dashboards that can help you find new ways to view and interpret your data, using Tableau. This hands-on event, sponsored by CURVE at the University Library, the Center for Instructional Innovation, and Decision Support Services takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014 at CURVE in Library South. The event will feature Dan Murray, InterWorks’ Director of Business Intelligence Services and author of the popular Tableau guidebook, “Tableau Your Data! – Fast and Easy Visual Analysis with Tableau Software.”

Online registration for the event is full, but we always have room for a few more, so stop by CURVE for the entire event or for just one session.


  • 9:00am – Registration and Networking
  • 9:20am – Joe Hurley, Introduce CURVE space
  • 9:25am – Peter Lyons Ph.D, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness presenting on “Effecting Effective Effectiveness using Data”
  • 9:40am – Dan Murray, InterWorks’ Director of Business Intelligence Services and author of the widely-popular Tableau guidebook, “Tableau Your Data! – Fast and Easy Visual Analysis with Tableau Software.”
  • 10:25am – Presentation by Will Kerr about on-campus Tableau training and Data Visualization user group
  • 10:30am – Presentation by Jason Schumacher, Tableau’s Academic Marketing lead, on Visualization Analytics and Tableau for Teaching program
  • 11:10am – Decision Support Services – Your Gateway to University Data: Presentation by Kathy Bryant-Bonds, Director of Decision Support Services at GSU
  • 11:30am – Break – Lunch Provided
  • 12:00pm – Presentation by Shawn Pfaff on 8 ways Universities are using Tableau
  • 12:45pm – Dan Murray presents use case examples from multiple verticals
  • 1:00pm – Tableau Desktop Stations

Please join us after the presentations for Q&A, individual breakout sessions, and demos.

For more information, contact Will Kerr or Joe Hurley

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Philosophy Professor Awarded Humboldt Fellowship

Dr. Andrea Scarantino

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Scarantino, Associate Professor of Philosophy, for receiving a Humboldt Fellowship to work on his project, “The Motivational Theory of Emotions,” at the University of Osnabrück’s Institute of Cognitive Science in Germany. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation provides postdoctoral fellowships to highly-qualified, early-career scientists and scholars to spend extended periods of research in Germany.

Dr. Scarantino holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Università Cattolica of Milan, Italy and a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his work in the Department of Philosophy, he is also an associate faculty member of the Neuroscience Institute and an affiliate faculty member of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics. Dr. Scarantino’s research focuses on emotion, empirically-based philosophy of mind, information, and philosophical methodology. Additional information about Dr. Scarantino’s fellowship research can be found on the College of Arts & Sciences website.

Selected works by Dr. Scarantino include:


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National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Mark your calendars for the following cultural and academic events around campus:

  • Event: Perspectivas: Reflections on Latin American and Hispanic Identity in the United States Art Exhibit
  • Dates: Show runs September 22 – October 17
  • Date/Time for Opening Reception: September 25 at 7:00pm
  • Location: Student Art Gallery, 3rd Floor Student Center
  • Event: Distinguished Speakers Series: Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist/best-selling author
  • Date/Time: September 30, 7:00pm
  • Location:Student Center Ballroom
  • Nazario will give a keynote address discussing immigration reform and her best-selling book Enrique’s Journey, followed by participating as a moderator of a forum on immigration.
  • Event: Immigration and Education Forum
  • Date/Time: September 30, following Sonia Nazario’s talk (see above)
  • Location: Student Center Ballroom
  • Ms. Nazario will moderate a panel with these featured speakers:

Pedro Marin (D), Georgia House of Representatives
Julia Perilla, PhD, Associate Professor GSU Department of Psychology
Amna Shirazi, JD, Shirazi Law Group, Inc.
Yovany Diaz, Dreamer
Issues to be discussed include access to higher education, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and “Dreamers” fighting to be admitted to the top five schools in Georgia with in-state tuition.

  • Event: CineFiesta: First Annual GSU Latino Film Festival, made possible by GSU’s Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. | Gamma Pi Chapter.
  • Film: No, directed by Pablo Larraín, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers
  • Date/Time: October 9, 7:00pm
  • Location:Student Center Speakers Auditorium
  • Event: Taste of Latin America
  • Food from Colombia, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela
  • Date/Time: October 9, 6:00pm
  • Location: Dahlberg Hall

Get more out of Hispanic Heritage Month with these library resources:
Hispanic Immigrant Literature: El Sueño del Retorno by Nicolás Kanellos
Latino Food Culture by Z. Janer
Latinos and Education: A Critical Reader, Darder & Torres (Eds.)
The Ethnic Eye: Latino Media Arts by Chon Noriega and Ana López
Latinos on Campus: A Documentary by Roberto Arévalo

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CURVE Celebrates Grand Opening

On Wednesday, September 10th, CURVE kicked-off its official start with a ribbon cutting event.  The ceremony featured:

Opening remarks by

  • President Mark Becker
  • James Weyhenmeyer, VP for Research and Economic Development
  • Tammy Sugarman, Interim Dean of Libraries
  • Bryan Sinclair, Associate Dean for Public Services

Music by Paul Fischer
Research presentations by 19 faculty members, students, and staff.

Visit the CURVE site for more photos from the ceremony and for examples of the types of research being done in CURVE.

CURVE’s Fall semester hours are:

Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Neuroethics Conference on Regulating Human Mental Capacity

Nicole A. Vincent

Georgia State University will host the first “Neuro-Interventions and the Law Conference: Regulating Human Mental Capacity” to be held September 12-14 in the GSU Student University Center, 44 Courtland Street SE.

The conference is sponsored by the Atlanta Neuroethics Consortium and is coordinated by Nicole Vincent of the Department of Philosophy. The event will bring together some of the leading scholars in philosophy, law, and neuroscience to address how neuro-intervention can change a person’s mental capacity.

Headlined participants and key speakers will include Senior Judge Andre Davis (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit), Nita Farahany (Duke University), Walter Glannon (University of Calgary), Valerie Hardcastle (University of Cincinnati), Stephen Morse (University of Pennsylvania Law School), Thomas Nadelhoffer (College of Charleston), Justice David Nahmias (Supreme Court of Georgia), Chris Ryan (University of Sydney), Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University), Francis Shen (University of Minnesota), Katrina Sifferd (Elmhurst College), Nicole A Vincent (Georgia State University & Technische Universiteit Delft), and Paul Root Wolpe (Emory Center for Ethics).

Additional information about the conference, including the conference schedule, can be found at the website of the Atlanta Neuroethics Consortium.

To learn more about neuroscience, philosophy, and the law, check out some of the following books available in the University Library:

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