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Take Note: Lidia Uziel, Lindsay Whitacre

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Lidia Uziel, head of the Western Languages Division, Widener Library, gave a gallery talk at the opening reception for The Charlie Archive Exhibition—Works from the Charlie Archive at the Harvard Library at the French Cultural Center/Alliance Française of Boston on January 5, 2017. The event was sponsored by the French Cultural Center and the Harvard Romance Languages Department. It was co-organized by Lidia Uziel, Virginie Greene (professor of French medieval literature at Harvard University), Nicole Mills (coordinator of the French Language Program at Harvard University), and Jessica Jama-Nussenbaum (cultural programs manager at the French Cultural Center).

The attacks of January 7, 8, and 9, 2015, against Charlie Hebdo, a weekly French satirical magazine, and a kosher supermarket in Paris sparked a vigorous debate about fundamental political and ethical issues such as freedom of expression, the relation between state, religion and society, respect for other beliefs and perspectives, inequality, and the disenfranchisement of individuals and communities. Although the events and subsequent protests were concentrated in France, extensive media coverage drew global attention. “Je suis Charlie” or “Je ne suis pas Charlie” became international expressions of adhesion to or distance from the stance attributed to Charlie Hebdo with regard to religion in general and to Islam in particular. This interactive exhibit at the French Cultural Center in Boston was on display from January 6 to January 30, 2017, featuring digital and ephemeral materials from the Charlie Archive at the Harvard Library such as caricatures, photos, paintings, and poetry documenting the moment when the word “Charlie” took on a tragic significance. 

Many thanks to Harvard Library staff members Lynn Sayers, Carol Tierney, Nora Dempsey, Allyson Donahoe, and Lauren Telepak, who helped prepare the exhibit.

Lindsay Skay Whitacre joined Library Technology Services (LTS) on December 1 as a production systems librarian. She is responsible for coordinating user support on all LTS production applications and manages the LTS web presentation of documentation and the service catalog. She is also responsible for communicating with the Harvard Library community about upcoming system upgrades and new applications.

Previously, Lindsay was the Harvard Library digital projects manager for the Arcadia projects and was responsible for project-managing Colonial North America and 19th-Century Manuscripts. Her prior experience includes work as the digital collections librarian at Boston College and in the media library and archives at WGBH. She holds an MISt from the University of Toronto and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.