Holding Blackness in Suspension: Film Screening + Symposium


Georgia State’s liquid blackness project, together with partners from Emory and GA Tech, are hosting a two-day series of events looking the film work of artist Kahlil Joseph, entitled Holding Blackness in Suspension: The Films of Kahlil Joseph.

Mr. Joseph and Beyoncé were co-nominated for an Emmy award for their collaboration on Beyoncé’s Lemonade. He has also made short films with some of the most respected, politically engaged and forward-thinking hip-hop artists of our time, such as Kendrick Lamar and FKA Twigs. His short film “Until the Quiet Comes,” a collaboration with Flying Lotus, won a Short Film Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He is considered one of the most influential hip-hop video directors working today.

Here is the schedule of events; all are free and open to the public:

Thursday, October 6 | 7:00pm | Kopleff Recital Hall:
Screening of selected works by Kahlil Joseph, followed by Q&A with the artist.

Friday, October 7 | 2:00pm | Creative Media Industries Institute (25 Park Place, 2nd floor)
Symposium: Holding Blackness in Suspension: The Films of Kahlil Joseph
Guest Speakers and Respondents include:

  • Regina Bradley (Armstrong State University, Savannah), “When the Quiet Arrives: Race, Agency, and Gender on Screen”
  • Derek Conrad Murray (University of California, Santa Cruz), “Bodies That Matter: Blackness, Social Symbolism and the Affective Image”
  • Lauren M. Cramer (Pace University, NYC), “Icons of Catastrophe: Diagramming Blackness in Until the Quiet Comes”
  • Gregory Zinman (Georgia Tech) on: sites and screens, from the gallery space to the online platform
  • Kara Keeling (University of Southern California) on: sound/image relations in Joseph’s work

Friday, October 7 | 7:00 pm | Gallery 72 (72 Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30303):
Reception featuring video projection of highlights from previous liquid blackness projects

More information about the speakers and their work can be found on the symposium website.

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Presentation: “The Logics and Logistics of Qualitative Research”

The Logics and Logistics of Qualitative Research: A Framework for Exploring Concepts, Dimensions, and Relationships in Qualitative Data using NVivo Research Software

Wednesday, October 19, 11:00am-12:30pm, CURVE (Library South 2nd floor)


Dr. Ralph LaRossa and Dr. Mandy Swygart-HobaughIn this presentation, Dr. Ralph LaRossa, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Librarian Associate Professor for Sociology, Gerontology, & Data Services and Team Leader for Research Data Services, will present both the theoretical-methodological “logics” and the applied-methodological “logistics” of conducting qualitative data analysis (i.e., non-statistical analysis of textual, audio, visual, and/or audiovisual sources). Dr. LaRossa will discuss the steps involved in building theoretically-rich qualitative analyses. Dr. Swygart-Hobaugh will outline the specific features of NVivo qualitative research software that complement and facilitate these analyses. There also will be opportunities for questions and discussion.

This presentation will be especially helpful for faculty and graduate students who are immersed – or about to be immersed – in a qualitative project and would like an overview on how to do qualitative analysis and how to use NVivo in the process. Those interested in publishing qualitative work and/or applying for grants based on qualitative work will also find it helpful.

NOTE: This presentation will NOT involve hands-on NVivo training – see the workshop listings on this page for hands-on NVivo training opportunities for Georgia State University affiliates.

Questions?  Email Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh at aswygarthobaugh@gsu.edu

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Dr. Merl E. Reed, founding faculty member for the Southern Labor Archives, 1925-2016

Dr. Merl E. Reed in the archives, ca. 1972

Dr. Merl E. Reed in the archives, ca. 1972

Historian Dr. Merl Elwyn Reed was a key founder of the Southern Labor Archives at the University Library. A native of Syracuse, New York, he served on the faculty of Georgia State University from 1965 until his 1994 retirement. In 1968, Reed learned of the newly-formed Texas Labor Archives at the University of Texas at Arlington from Dr. George Green. That conversation at the Southern Historical Society meeting led to the creation of the Southern Labor Archives at GSU.

At the time, Atlanta labor leaders were looking for a way to honor Joseph Jacobs, a labor lawyer, for his many contributions to the local movement. Approached by Reed about working together to form a labor archives at GSU, the fraternal order of the Organized Labor and Workmen’s Circle planned an event that would celebrate Jacobs and generate proceeds dedicated to the new archives.

On campus, Reed worked with GSU President Noah Langdale and University Librarian William Russell Pullen. With their support, a group of GSU faculty and administrators entered into an agreement with the members of the Organized Labor and Workmen’s Circle Labor Awards Committee to found the Southern Labor Archives. Its mission, then as now, was to document the history of work and workers in the South.

Officially formed on April 28, 1970, the Southern Labor Archives began preserving labor history in July 1971 after the hiring of its first archivist, Dr. David B. Gracy, II. Regarding the loss of historical records prior to the founding of the archives, Reed stated in a Signal article from 1972 that “[i]t is a crime that this happened because the labor history of the South has not yet been written…[a]s the labor archives develops, I believe people doing research on organized labor will come here from all over the United States.” Today, the Southern Labor Archives has over 500 collections used by researchers from throughout the Southeast, the United States, and the world.

Reed’s colleague Dr. Gary Fink, also a distinguished labor historian, was instrumental in the early development and promotion of the Southern Labor Archives. In 2000 Fink led the creation of the Merl E. Reed Fellowship in Southern Labor History, honoring Reed’s career and role in the founding of the Southern Labor Archives. After Fink passed away in 2008, Reed requested that the fellowship’s name be changed to honor Fink as well. The Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History now honors both men and their many contributions to education, labor studies, and the Southern Labor Archives. Fortunately, Dr. Reed was able to attend one last Reed Fink recipient talk earlier in the year.

During his career, Dr. Reed wrote or edited several books about labor and civil rights in the South. After his retirement, he devoted his attention to the history of GSU. Educating the Urban New South: Atlanta and the Rise of Georgia State University, 1913-1969 (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press) was published in 2009. It is described as a “…sympathetic but critical account of GSU [which] challenges some of the traditional interpretations of Georgia’s educational history.”

With 1971 as a starting point for its operations, the Southern Labor Archives celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. Founding the labor archives resulted in the establishment of Special Collections and Archives within the library, which has grown to include the University Archives, the Popular Music and Culture collection, the Women and Gender collections, and several important photographic collections. Dr. Reed’s commitment to research and education will live on through the work of the Southern Labor Archives.

Obituary for Dr. Merl E. Reed

Books at GSU Library, Atlanta Campus

Selected articles:


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Haverty Lecture – Reducing Tobacco Use

The 2016 J. Rhodes Haverty Lecture “Change Agents in Business, Government, and Research: A Battle for a Smokefree Society” features a panel of tobacco control experts including keynote speaker, Patrick Reynolds. Reynolds, who is the grandson of R.J. Reynolds, is executive director of the Foundation for a Smokefree America. He will share his experience as an anti-tobacco advocate born into a tobacco producing family.

Dr. Michael Eriksen, dean and Regents’ Professor in the School of Public Health and Dr. Corinne Graffunder, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health will also speak on the panel. They will address changes in tobacco use and new efforts to continue curbing its use.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Reception at 6:00 p.m. and lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Student Center East Ballroom, GSU Atlanta Campus
The lecture is free and open to the public.
To reserve your seat, RSVP here.

The School of Public Health and the Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science at Georgia State University are leaders in tobacco control research.  You’ll find a sampling of faculty and student publications below.


Journal Articles

Dissertations/Theses/Capstone Projects from SPH Students

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Updated: Altmetrics in CINAHL and Discover: Plum Print

Both the CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) database and the Discover Tool now have a great feature which measures altmetric scholarly impact.

The Plum Print widget offered in Discover (e-books and articles) and CINAHL (articles) includes metrics such as usage (view/downloads), mentions (blogs), social media(tweets), and citations (Scopus) from 2013 to the present, and is noted by this image:

downloadThe Plum Print metrics in CINAHL and Discover are particularly informative for GSU researchers in that:

  • students and faculty will have the ability to identify articles of impact to support their research
  • faculty will have the ability to collect impact content on articles they have authored that are available in CINAHL and Discover.

Here is an example of a citation in CINAHL with Plum Print metrics in usage, captures, and social media:











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Upcoming African American Studies Lecture: “Black Lives Matter”

Dr. Melina Abdullah, founding organizer of the Black Lives Matter Movement and chair of the Pan-African Studies Department at California State University, Los Angeles, speaks on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. at the newly renovated Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE (across the street from Centennial Hall on the Atlanta campus). This community discussion will explore the origins and ongoing evolution of “Black Lives Matter,” tracing its transformation from a social media phenomenon to “a powerful affirmation of black humanity and global human rights clarion call for this generation.” The event is being hosted by the newly renovated Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Georgia State’s Department of African-American Studies.

blacklivesmatterDr. Abdullah is Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and immediate past campus president and current Council for Affirmative Action Chair for the California Faculty Association (the faculty union). Dr. Abdullah earned her PhD from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her BA from Howard University in African-American Studies. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race relations. Abdullah is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, with subjects ranging from political coalition building to womanist mothering. What binds her research together is a focus on power allocation and societal transformation. She is currently writing a book manuscript that examines Hip Hop and political mobilization. Professor Abdullah is a womanist scholar-activist—recognizing that the role that she plays in the academy is intrinsically linked to broader struggles for the liberation of oppressed people.

Abdullah serves on the leadership team for #BlackLivesMatter and is committed to ending state-sponsored and police violence towards all people, and especially Black people. She has been particularly active in the resistance movement that emerged following the killings of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in California as well as in Ferguson, Missouri. Professor Abdullah emerged as a national leader in the effort to advance ethnic studies. She is a member of the California State University Chancellor’s Taskforce for the Advancement of Ethnic Studies. Dr. Abdullah serves on leadership boards for the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI), Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA), Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) and The Reverence Wellness Salon. She is active in political and community organizing, and frequently delivers public lectures and contributes to radio news programs, print and on-line media. Melina is a member of the Beautiful Struggle collective and co-hosts/co-produces a weekly radio show of the same name which airs on KPFK (90.7 FM) and streams worldwide. (from California State University Los Angeles Pan-African Studies Department site).

Dr. Abdullah’s publications include:

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and a map, see the GSU’s official calendar entry here.

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Perimeter students: We want to hear from you!

feedback-iconThe Library is looking for 10 students at each Perimeter College campus library to participate in a one-hour discussion panel.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and feedback regarding their Library’s spaces and services. No prior signup is required, and food will be provided!

Dates and times for each campus panel are as follows:

Alpharetta Campus
Wednesday, September 21
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Building A, Room 2280

Decatur Campus
Wednesday, September 28
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Administration Building, Room 3123

Clarkston Campus
Thursday, September 29
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Learning Resources Center (CL), Room 4190

Newton Campus
Wednesday, October 5
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Student Learning center (2N), Room 2230

Dunwoody Campus
Thursday, October 6
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Library Room 1200

For more information please contact Jennifer Jones, Assessment & User Experience Librarian: jlink@gsu.edu.


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“ICPSR – Navigating the Data (R)Evolution!” Data Fair – Free Webinars

ICPSR logoICPSR (the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is offering a four-day series of free webinars on various topics re: documenting, archiving, and sharing social science datasets. It takes place Monday, September 26 through Thursday, September 29 – click here for the full agenda and to register.

Georgia State University is a member institution of ICPSR, which gives all students, faculty, and staff access to the ICPSR database.

Want to learn more about how to use ICPSR? Attend the following workshop:

Finding Social Science Datasets with ICPSR

Monday, November 14, 11:00am-12:30pm, Atlanta Campus Library North Classroom 2 (2nd floor, corner area above Saxby’s coffee shop) – Registrations open at Monday, October 24, 2016 11:00am

This workshop will give an overview of using ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) to find social sciences datasets for use in original data analysis. We will cover different searching and browsing techniques for identifying relevant datasets, understanding a dataset record and other documentation describing datasets, and the processes for downloading datasets and obtaining restricted-use datasets.


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Atlanta campus students: Help improve your library!

LibraryStock08ps_forILLIf you’re looking for an opportunity to gain leadership experience while improving your library, the University Library needs you! Consider applying for the Student Library Advisory Council for the 2016-17 academic year. As a council member, you’ll help us improve existing services and resources and prioritize for the future.

Past activities of the Student Library Advisory Council have included:

  • Participating in the library’s Student Technology Fee proposal process
  • Serving as usability testers for library website testing to improve site navigation
  • Proposing the addition of sanitizing stations to Library North (approved and implemented by Library Administration)
  • Offering suggestions in focus groups during the design and planning stages of CURVE

Membership details are available on the application page. The application deadline is Tuesday, September 13, 11:59 pm.

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Eastern Air Lines Digital Collection debuts for Labor Day

A Constellation named Ponce de Leon is christened with a bottle of Coca-Cola at Hartsfield, 1951.

A Constellation named Ponce de Leon is christened with a bottle of Coca-Cola at Hartsfield, 1951.

The Southern Labor Archives announces the Eastern Air Lines Digital Collection, unlike any other in the Southern Labor Archives. It represents the work of blue- and white-collar workers, in traditional union and non-union jobs. It provides a look into the history of the airline, its fleet, its operations, its employees, and public perception of the airline in good times and bad. Featuring content from ad agencies, newspaper reporters, labor organizations, Eastern’s management offices, and mediators, the content of the collection includes correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, scrapbooks, press releases, radio ads, television commercials, oral histories, and artifacts.

Machinists strike sign against three big carriers.

Machinists strike sign against three big carriers.

The Digital Collection includes documentation from the following collections; in some cases only selected items from the collection were digitized, in others, the entire collection.

  • Collective bargaining and mediation information taken from the Bill Usery papers; Usery, a former U. S. Secretary of Labor, was a mediator for
    Eastern in the 1980s
  • The Frank Borman papers chronicle his tenure as the president of Eastern Air Lines in the late 1970s and 1980s
  • The Jim Ashlock collection includes Eastern’s annual reports, coverage of Eastern’s dissolution, Eastern television ads, and information about
    daily operations during the strike; Ashlock was a public relations specialist at Eastern from 1966-1991
  • Martha Hamilton, a Washington Post reporter who donated her notebooks and newsclippings related to her coverage of Eastern 1989-1991
  • Adrienne Cohen, copy writer and advertising executive, donated copies of her ad work for Eastern (radio and print ads) including “The Wings of Man” radio commercial series featuring Orson Welles from the early 1970s (here’s one about Atlanta!)
  • The records of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, who represented the ground crew at Eastern, include recordings of television coverage of the strike, collective bargaining agreements, and photographs of daily operations at various locals
  • The papers of John Chaknis, a member of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), who collected materials related to ALPA’s sympathy strike with the Machinists
  • Carolyn Lee Wills beside an Eastern Air Lines aircraft, undated

    Carolyn Lee Wills beside an Eastern Air Lines aircraft, undated

    Carolyn Lee Wills, former director of the Eastern Airlines’ Southern Region Public Relations Office, collected and donated press releases,
    photographs, newsletters, destination files, operations information, and a formidable collection of artifacts from Eastern Air Lines.

In addition to content in the Eastern Air Lines Digital Collection, Special Collections and Archives also holds materials related to Eastern Air Lines in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographic collection, the Lane Brothers photographic collection, and the IAM Publications, among others. We will be adding more content to the Digital Collection over the next year.

Architectural rendering of Eastern Air Lines Service Facilities Building, 1961

Architectural rendering of Eastern Air Lines Service Facilities Building, 1961

For more information about the Eastern Air Lines Digital Collection, or primary resources related to transportation, aviation, and aerospace, contact the Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives is located on the 8th floor of Library South and is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-6:00am (404.413.2880 | archives@gsu.edu).

Eddie Rickenbacker in Dade County, 1961

Eddie Rickenbacker in Dade County, 1961

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