SOCIAL IMPACT LIVE: Sophie Leveque on Social Justice & Wikipedia
- CSSW Communications
Social Science and Social Work Research Support Librarian Sophie Leveque (bio) is leading a campaign across Columbia University to address what many in the librarian community see as Wikipedia’s inclusivity and privilege problem. In this week’s episode of Social Impact LIVE, she will talk to host Richard Hara (bio) about this effort to curate history on behalf of social justice. They will talk about the editathon Leveque hosted in Butler Library on September 16, featuring a panel discussion led by fellow librarian Merrilee Proffitt, author of Leveraging Wikipedia: Connecting Communities of Knowledge, and and Sherry Antoine, the organizer of the Afrocrowd Wikimedia initiative. They will also discuss Leveque’s plans to hold a similar event at the School of Social Work on Wednesday, October 16. (Cosponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, it will take place in Room 401.) And, time permitting, Leveque will also share her experience of working back in time to restore social work history. She is the first of the School’s librarians to manage the Social Work Agency Collection, which is housed in Lehman Library, in the basement of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). The materials date back to the mid-1800s, and the more relevant items span social policy, housing policy, school lunch administration, disease control, and even camping and leisure. As a special treat, Leveque may bring a few show-and-tell items.
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