What does it take for Black and Latinx faculty, staff, and students to not only survive but thrive in higher education? Join us for a roundtable discussion and presentation of oral history clips from the archives. Livestreamed on https://www.facebook.com/queensmemory.
Co-sponsored by the Queens College SEEK Program and Black Latinx Faculty Staff Association
Chair: Obden Mondesir, Associate Director, Barnard Archives and Adjunct Instructor in the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
Norka Blackman-Richards, Director of the Queens College Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program
Marco Navarro, Lecturer in English and Director of The Writing Center, Queens College
Nathaniel Smith, Director of NYC Men Teach at The City University of New York, Queens College
More information about the event can be found on the Queens College Libraries Events site. This event is co-sponsored by Queens Memory Project.
Image: Cinco dedos by Daniel Divinsky and Kuki Miler (editors), Colectivo Libros para Niños de Berlín (1976)
As part of the online exhibition Historias Franklin Furnace, in collaboration with Pratt Institute Library and Universidad de San Martin, Buenos Aires, presents a panel discussion featuring Ruth Benítez, Flavia Krause, Carlos Motta, Liliana Porter, Rosaura Ramos y Inés Yujnovsky. Audience participation is encouraged.
Recent Brooklyn College graduate and first-time curator Ruth Benitez will lead a virtual tour of Historias, which showcases multimedia works, often politically charged, spanning from the 1970s through 2020. The tour will be followed by a moderated discussion centered on the art, artists and topics broached in the exhibition such as the different shapes of political art, the banning of children’s literature, the effect of displacement on an artist’s work, and the importance of archives and the sharing of meta-data on all aspects of artistic production, including ephemera. This event will be in Spanish with live English translations.
In 2021, Franklin Furnace launched its first fully virtual exhibition, and first Spanish-first program series, Historias, to bring together multi-media art dating from the late 1970s through 2020 by Argentine Franklin Furnace artist alumnus. The bulk of the exhibited works document a response to the the military dictatorship in Argentina that started in 1976, the return to democracy, and the confrontation of the dark crimes committed during this time period that left the Argentine population aching for generations to come. The curated selection of pieces in this exhibition explores many different sentiments such as solidarity with countries experiencing violations against human rights, disconnects from motherlands, and the desire to escape the mainstream. Historias was created with a bilingual format in the spirit of making it more accessible to audiences that normally wouldn’t have been reached.
Register here: https://franklinfurnaceloft.org/historias-a-panel-discussion/
The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York is pleased to announce the full schedule for the annual New York Archives Week Symposium, which will take place online on Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st, 2021.
This year’s New York Archives Week Symposium theme is RESILIENCE, to acknowledge our struggles, celebrate our successes, and explore how we can continue to move forward. The last 18 months have foregrounded challenges and produced changes in our professional and personal lives that have left us exhausted and burned out. At the same time, we have met these difficulties head on, employing creative strategies to reimagine our work and support one another. This symposium aims to hold space for both realities.
Admission is free and open to all. Advance registration is required. Live captioning will be provided throughout the day. Please feel free to contact the organizers at email@example.com if you have any other accessibility needs.
SCHEDULE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021
12:30 – 12:45 PM Opening Remarks & Land Acknowledgment
Danielle Nista, Director of Education, Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York
12:45 – 2:00 PM Keynote: "Resilience in the Archives: Digitizing Local History During a Pandemic"
Gregory Hunter, Professor of Library and Information Science, Long Island University; Director, Certificate of Advanced Studies in Archives and Records Management, Long Island University
2:00 - 2:15 PM Break
2:15 - 3:30 PM Starting a New Position Remotely: Lessons Learned by Early Career Archivists in a Pandemic
Helena Egbert, Processing Archivist, Kansas State University Libraries
Marissa Friedman, Digital Project Archivist, University of California, Berkeley
Lourdes Johnson, Program Support Assistant, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress
Renae Rapp, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Archivist, SUNY Maritime College
This lightning talk amongst new archivists who were hired just before and during the pandemic will focus on questions surrounding the struggles with remote work in a profession that has traditionally not lent itself to virtual work. Individuals starting new jobs as archives workers already face the stresses of a new position and moving; what other burdens are added during a pandemic? Panelists will discuss the challenges of working without institutional context to begin their roles, and how these roles change when there is no "normal.” Session panelists, working in large and small academic institutions, will discuss their struggles and how they have succeeded, as well as concerns about the transition back to what was “normal” for their colleagues but what will be new for them.
This session invites the diverse perspectives of other new hires and supervisors hiring under these circumstances by providing a space for discussion.
3:30 - 3:45 PM Break
3:45 - 5:00 PM The Evolution of Archiving American Social Movements
Laura Vroom, Graduate Student, Pratt Institute
The archivists who have worked to preserve material from social movements have had to be flexible, constantly reassessing their methods to keep up with societal and cultural changes, digital developments, and ethical standards.
This presentation highlights the resilience of archivists as they have evolved their methods while still representing key criteria of social movements in their collections. Starting with the pre-digital era and moving through to today’s complex digital environment, we will track the evolution of archiving social movements in the United States, ending with emerging tools and practices.
SCHEDULE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21ST, 2021
12:30 - 12:45 PM Opening Remarks & Land Acknowledgment
Nicholas Martin, President, Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York
12:45 - 2:00 PM Keynote: "15 Year Efforts on Revamping MOCA Collections and Research Center"
Yue Ma, Director for Collections and Research, Museum of Chinese in America
2:00 - 2:15 PM Break
2:15 - 3:15 PM Dancorcism with Jen Neal
Jen Neal, Archivist and Dancorcism Healer and Teacher
Founded in 2012 by Debbie Attias, Dancorcism is an inclusive celebration of life, a system of healing, and a practice of living in love. It's a healing dance party that moves energy through the body, sending love and joy to the world. Join Jen Neal for some office friendly, mindful movement as we let go of the exhaustion and burnout, and celebrate our resiliency while calling in positive energy as we look to the future.
3:45 - 5:00 PM Fragmented-Body / Fragmented Archive
April Griess is an artist and archivist who studied Moving Image Archiving and Preservation at New York University (class of 2021).
A body, like an archive, has the potential to overwrite the dominant narrative by giving people access to ideas and information suppressed by the status quo. Performance artists must look beyond the institution’s wall to consider the act of archiving performance art as part of a concerted D.I.Y. / D.I.T. (do it yourself / together) effort. As we break from the institution’s business agenda, we can create fragmented community archives where something much more compassionate can form. When we talk about archiving, we are talking about carrying out the act of care to preserve archival materials. #capitalismdoesnotcare
Not all archives have equal resources to maintain their collection(s) so ask yourself:
What purpose does the archive serve? Who are the primary benefactors?
How is “value” established, and how are the materials used?
Who is granted access? At what cost?
A fragmented archive is not incomplete. Fragmentation allows for a complex set of numerous entangled connections, and each fragment can play a minor part in a larger whole. How can we collectively dismantle institutional enrichment through labor extraction and exploitation? #cancelstudentdebt There is power in being in charge of your narrative, so do not give that up lightly.
Unboxed Lunch: Collecting and Processing the Robert Pincus-Witten Papers with Jennifer Neal, Archivist, and Jacob Proctor, Gilbert and Ann Kinney New York Collector
Join us for a special, New York Archives Week edition of the Archives of American Art's Unboxed Lunch! Using the papers of critic, historian, curator, and native New Yorker Robert Pincus-Witten as a guide, Jennifer Neal and Jacob Proctor will present a behind-the-scenes peek of what happens after papers are acquired at the Archives and share one-of-a-kind anecdotes about Pincus-Witten’s fascinating life through his papers.
This event will take place on Zoom. Sign up today to reserve your spot: s.si.edu/unboxedRPW
Closed captioning will be provided. For other accommodations, one-week advance notice is appreciated.
Questions? Email DanielsN@si.edu.
The K-12 Archives Education Institute (AEI) is a free program designed to introduce primary sources to K-12 educators (and educators in training!) as viable and practical resources for classroom instruction while helping archivists and special collections professionals identify ways to connect these materials with Common Core and state requirements. Primary source materials are drawn from the rich collections of NYC metropolitan area archives, museums, and libraries.
During the 2021 virtual AEI, K-12 educators will be guided through freely-accessible online primary sources and teaching tools while getting a chance to engage in small-group discussions on how these primary sources may be used to create lesson plans in accordance with Common Core criteria. At the end of the AEI, each teacher will receive a digital resource pack of primary sources to use in the classroom and a certificate to redeem for continuing education hours.
This year’s AEI will highlight digital resources that support in-person, hybrid, and remote learning environments. Educators will have the opportunity to learn about online resources available at various museums and archives around New York including the Museum of Chinese in America, the American Folk Art Museum, the Bronx Museum, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the University of Rochester.
The event will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Zoom link will be provided via email to registered attendees. Education students and homeschooling educators are welcome to register.
For more information contact Cristina Fontánez, the Director of the ART Outreach Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recognition of the 20th anniversary of September 11th and American Archives Month, archivists Michael Lorenzini and Kenneth Cobb will discuss documentation held by the Municipal Archives of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and its aftermath. Mr. Lorenzini will display photographs he took on 9/11 and in subsequent days and weeks as City archivists collected ephemera left by the families of the victims at Pier 94 (the temporary family service center), and at the 9/11 memorial sites on the footprint of the towers; materials placed in City parks and other public places; artifacts of the World Trade Center buildings; and correspondence sent to the Mayor's office and rescue workers. The program will also include the story of the flag recovered at the site that has become an iconic symbol of New York City’s resiliency.
Register here for this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/documenting-the-911-world-trade-center-attacks-tickets-166542221267
October 28th, 2021
7 PM: Mayoral Proclamation
7:10 Awards Ceremony
The Board of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (A.R.T.) cordially invites you to join us for the 2021 New York Archives Week Awards Ceremony. This year's event will be held online Thursday, October 28th.
The awards celebrate distinguished work and lasting achievements in our profession. Awardees are A.R.T. members, archivists, and institutions operating within the New York metropolitan area.
2021 New York Archives Awards:
The award for Archival Achievement recognizes an individual or archival program that has made an outstanding contribution to the archival profession, or a notable achievement of value to the archives community, its patrons or constituents. The recipient must be a member of A.R.T. or an archival program operating within the New York metropolitan region.
Educational Use of Archives
The award for Educational Use of Archives recognizes and celebrates an individual or organization who utilizes primary source materials to create engaging and informative learning experiences for diverse audiences.
Innovative Use of Archives
The award for Innovative Use of Archives recognizes an individual or organization for use of archival material in a meaningful and creative way, making a significant contribution to a community or body of people, and demonstrating the relevance of archival materials to its subject.
Outstanding Support of Archives
The award for Outstanding Support of Archives recognizes an individual or organization for notable contributions to archival records or archives programs through political, financial or moral support.
A.R.T. Volunteer of the Year
The award for A.R.T. Volunteer of the Year recognizes an individual who has made a remarkable contribution to the Archivists Round Table.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required to attend.
Captioning will be provided. If you have any other accessibility needs, please contact Communications Director Anne Boissonnault at email@example.com