Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: "Vague Space" by Casey Hayward

Vague Space is a hybrid documentary project and photo-sculptural art installation by Casey Hayward, Associate Professor of English and Media Studies at Bentley University. The components of the work—still photographs and found objects—come from the cities of Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn and Salem, MA. These cities have been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic and the exhibit serves to shed light on that environment. Mattresses, doors, highchairs and other castoff items found in dumpsters, forested areas, back alleys and roadsides become canvases for imagery of a life lived “rough.”

Please join us in celebrating the opening of Vague Space at a reception for the artist in the RSM Art Gallery on Wednesday, October 16, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Casey Hayward
Vague Space 
October 2 – November 5, 2019


Artist’s Reception: 
Wednesday, October 16
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Your Protection by Casey Hayward
Your Protection
large print transfer on plywood, scrap wood, syringe caps

Casey Hayward: Artist Statement

In my work, be it documentary filmmaking, photography or installation, I seek to explore social justice issues through art, with an appreciation for the imperfection of lived experience. The flaws of humanity often afford a more impactful entrée into the investigation of the world we inhabit.

I am particularly interested in the entropy of cultures, communities and systems. From an aesthetic standpoint, I have always been drawn to rusted metal, rotting wood and other detritus surrounding us. To me this detritus–the less desirable output of our way of life–has a beauty all its own.

I take photographs, interview participants and consider the most effective ways of sharing my work, all with the complexity of imperfection in mind. While I cannot avoid digital technologies due to their ease and ubiquity, I do enjoy physical processes like exposing and developing analog film. I find the process is challenging and introduces flaws based on a myriad of environmental factors and my own abilities. I enjoy the serendipity of “happy accidents.” These can serve to remind viewers that they are experiencing not just a body of work but also a process. Reflexivity in this way is something I instill in much of my work. I trust that participants are keen enough to examine more than just the product, but my role and the problems it can inhere in making the art.

Casey Hayward, Associate Professor
Department of English and Media Studies
Bentley University
chayward@bentley.edu

This project was made possible with the support of the Bentley University Health Thought Leadership Network, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English and Media Studies.

Banned & Challenged Books Week Shines the Light on Censorship

September 22 – 28 is Banned Books Week!
Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On.

Earlier this month a Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee banned J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels because of fears that the books’ magical spells “risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text.” Surprised? You shouldn’t be. In “Harry Potter and 20 Years of Controversy“, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom describes the history of challenges against the beloved series since the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was published in the United States in 1999.

This isn’t an isolated incident. In 2018, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials. The graphic below reveals the Top 11 most frequently challenged books of 2018, and you can download the complete list of all titles challenged last year from the OIF’s website.

Please join us in celebrating free and open access to information during Banned Books Week. Visit our lobby to browse a pop-up display of banned and challenged books. While you’re here grab a button to show your support for the freedom to read.

For more information about banned and challenged books, visit the ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books webpage to view the top 10 challenged books by year, banned and challenged classics, Banned Books Q&A, and more. Don’t forget to follow #BannedBooksWeek on Twitter and Instagram to stay abreast of the latest news.

Textbooks at the Library? Maybe! Here’s How to Check…

We are often asked if we have course textbooks. The answer is, “maybe“.

Although the Bentley Library does not purchase textbooks, it is worth checking to see if (1) your professor has placed a copy of the textbook on reserve or (2) your textbook happens to be in the library’s regular book collection.

(1) Check Course Reserves

Sometimes professors put a copy of the class textbook on reserve at the library. You can search course reserves for your textbook by your professor’s last name or the course code. Reserve readings can usually be checked out for 2 hours, but some professors may allow a longer borrowing period.

(2) Search the Library’s Catalog for Your Textbook

Sometimes the library will have a copy of your textbook in the stacks. This is more likely for books that are not “standard” textbooks, such fiction/literature, business titles, popular nonfiction books and biographies. Search the library’s catalog by title and/or author for your textbook. If you do find your textbook, double-check the publication date or edition number to ensure it is the same edition required by your professor.

For More Help…

Have questions about textbooks? Stop by the Reference Desk, call 781.891.2300, send email to refdesk@bentley.edu or contact us using our chat/IM widget.

Find answers to more library FAQs in AskUs, the library’s FAQ database.

Library Hours for Fall 2019

Ready or not, it’s time to go back to school! The library’s regular fall semester hours start on Monday, August 26:

Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Monday – Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Friday
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please note that our hours will change during the Labor Day holiday weekend, Fall Mini-Break, and Thanksgiving break. Check our hours calendar to view the library, café and Help Desk hours for the entire semester.

Don’t hesitate to stop by, call, chat, or email us if you need help or have questions. Have a great semester!