Conference sessions will explore the theme Suffrage Legacies: Civil Rights, Political Activism, and ArchivesThe Friday evening reception will be held at Duke Hall Gallery Court on the campus of James Madison University. Keep the conversations going Friday night at Pale Fire Brewing Company.

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Thursday Special Event – Grafton-Stovall Theatre, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Documentary screening of Change the Subject: a documentary about labels, libraries, and activism

Thursday, 4/16, 3:30-5:00pm at the Grafton-Stovall Theatre on JMU’s campus (a 10 minute walk from Hotel Madison)
55 minute film + Q&A via Skype with the film’s producers
Moderated by Dr. Steven Holloway, Director of Metadata Strategies at James Madison University Libraries
Light refreshments
Sponsored by JMU Libraries Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Change the Subject tells the story of a group of students at Dartmouth College, who from their first days at Dartmouth, were committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented peoples.  In partnership with staff at Dartmouth College, these students – now alumni – produced a film to capture their singular effort at confronting an instance of anti-immigrant sentiment in their library catalog. Their advocacy took them all the way from Baker-Berry Library to the halls of Congress, showing how an instance of campus activism entered the national spotlight, and how a cataloging term became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill.

Youtube trailer

Friday Evening Reception – Duke Hall Gallery Court, 6:00pm-8:00pm

We are excited to host the Friday evening reception at Duke Hall Gallery Court on the campus of James Madison University. Enjoy the musical blues and jazz stylings of Shenandoah Valley talents Bobby Driver (guitar) and Trudy Cole (vocals) in Duke Hall – the recently renovated steel, glass, and stone heart of JMU’s School of Art, Design, & Art History. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served. As an extra bonus, Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art will be open for attendees to experience the exhibit Antonio Serna: Documents of Resistance in its final weekend in Harrisonburg.

Duke Hall is located directly across Grace St. from Hotel Madison, making it a 0.1 mile walk from the conference hotel. Gallery Court is located inside the main entrance of the building (quad or south side). Attendees may enter from Grace St. (north side) and make their way around to the main entrance.

Friday Night Happy Hour – Pale Fire Brewing Company, 9:00pm-11:00pm

All are invited to meet at the Pale Fire Brewing Company, located in the historic Ice House in downtown Harrisonburg, to enjoy locally brewed beer and kombucha in a relaxed atmosphere. A variety of non-alcoholic beverages, along with light snacks are available for purchase, and nearby restaurants Food.Bar.Food, BoBoKo, and Rocktown Kitchen offer exclusive delivery to the Pale Fire Tap Room. Cozy seating indoors and a free lending library with options for patio seating make this designated meet-up spot a great space to relax and meet with friends, old and new. Your first beverage is on Lyrasis.

Walking directions from Hotel Madison (0.3 miles): Head northeast on S. Main Street toward MLK Jr. Way. Make a slight left onto S. Liberty Street and walk about .25 miles (you will pass W. Grattan St. and Lewis St.). The Ice House, home to Pale Fire Brewing Company, is on the left.