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All Ghouls Day Screening: Carnival of Souls & Night of the Living Dead

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries celebrates true independence in horror cinema this All Hallow’s Eve with all-day screenings of Herk Harvey’s "Carnival of Souls" and CMU alumnus George A. Romero’s "Night of the Living Dead," on view in the 1st floor seating area across from the circulation desk in Hunt Library. 

How I Explain Metadata to the Non-Metadata World

For the few years that I’ve been working with metadata, I’ve had to answer that question that most librarians who don’t work with reference and books dread, “What do you do?” I do admit that at times, I’ve used the trite phrase, “data about data” knowing full well it went a bit deeper than just that.  In recent times, I have begun to improve my explanation to them by being more whimsical in my answer thereby avoiding that stress or frustration that comes with explaining this work to people who probably would
not understand no matter how much explaining you did in technical terms. 

Posner Intern: Zhouna Ma

Zhouna Ma, a sophomore in Mathematical Sciences, is the current Posner Intern, whose exhibit on Peking Opera is in the Posner Center January 26, - April 30, 2018. We spoke with Zhouna about her experience with the internship.

How did you hear about the internship?

I found out about the internship from IDEATE weekly emails. 

Why were you interested in curating an exhibit on the topic of Peking Opera?

I decided to design an exhibit on Peking Opera because:

Fair Use Week: Elena Deng

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In recognition of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2018, we recognize student work that represent the doctrines of Fair Use. This post was submitted by Elena Deng, a freshman in the School of Design, about her collage, "10th Street Bridge." Additional examples of student art can be found in the exhibit "The Art of the Remix," on the first floor of Hunt Library through March 30, 2018. 

Fair Use Week: Keegan Barone

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In recognition of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2018, we recognize student work that represent the doctrines of Fair Use. This post was submitted by Keegan Barone, a sophomore in the School of Art, about her video remix, "To Play Football." Additional examples of student art can be found in the exhibit "The Art of the Remix," on the first floor of Hunt Library through March 30, 2018. 

A Conversation with: Christopher Warren

Christopher Warren is an Associate Professor of English, co-Director of the English Department’s minor in Humanities Analytics (HumAn), and Director of the Bachelor of Arts in English Program. A member of the Dietrich faculty since 2010, he recently wrapped up the digital humanities project, “Six Degrees of Francis Bacon,” which re-creates the British early modern social network to trace the personal relationships among figures like Bacon, Shakespeare, Isaac Newton and many others.

Legacy of the Dead: An Interview with Barbara Anderson

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Professor Barbara Anderson’s house has seen its share of history. Nestled on a beautiful, tree-lined street in Pittsburgh, passersby would never know that it played a role in some of the best-known films made in the city. Barbara Anderson and her husband Cletus Anderson taught at the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University for more than 40 years, and they formed a professional partnership with one of the city’s favorite filmmakers, George A. Romero.

Legacy of the Dead: Knightriders

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Mention the name of George Romero and “zombies” is the next word to pop into nearly anyone’s head.  It’s ironic then that the filmmaker frequently lamented that he was “stuck in this niche with horror” and that his two favorite films were Martin (a vampire story) and his pseudo-Arthurian drama Knightriders.  Released in 1981, Knightriders is the major outlier of Romero’s career.  It’s his longest film, it includes no horror elements, and it was one of his least successful efforts at the box-office.  At the same time, however, it features some o

Legacy of the Dead: Zombie Redux

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Whether satire, camp, or homage, the art of the remix has always been prevalent in American society.  When Marcel Duchamp defaced the Moana Lisa by drawing a mustache on her upper lip, he helped to inspire a host of others to create works of parody.  As new technologies have created greater opportunities for artistic and creative expression, Remix Culture and Creative Commons advocates such as Lawrence Lessig argue that appropriation and remixing are vital to advancing culture. 

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