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Unless otherwise noted all meetings are held at 5:15pm in the Class of 1978 Pavilion, in the Kislak Center for Special Collections on the 6th floor of the University of Pennsylvania's Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.


  • Sep. 11: Marina Rustow (Princeton): "Storage Plans in Medieval Egypt: Holes, Provisional Binding and Archival Bundling of Geniza Documents "

  • Sep. 11: Damon McCool (Eastern State Penitentiary): "Printing in Prison" "

  • Sep. 25: Reyhan Durmaz (Penn): "Immigrant Voices on Paper: Representations of Religion, Race, and Home in the first Arabic Newspaper in America"

  • Oct. 2: András Kiséry (CCNY): "Recording Speech in 17th-Century England"

  • Oct. 9: Thomas Levin (Princeton): "Future Auditions: On Gramophonic Voice Letters and the Inscription of the Absent Other"

  • Oct. 16: Sonal Khullar (Penn): "Wartime Gifts: Contemporary Artists' Books from Sri Lanka"

  • Oct. 23: Emma Smith (Oxford): "Twelfth Night in 2023: Editing Gender, Sex and Sexuality"

  • Oct. 30: Christy Pottroff (Boston College): "Postal Hackers"

  • Nov. 6: Neil Safier (Brown): "The Plantation's Library"

  • Nov. 13.: Nicholas Herman (Penn) and Barbara Williams Ellertson (Independent Scholar): "Representation and Reality: Works of Art as Material Evidence in the BASIRA Project [Books as Symbols in Renaissance Art]”

  • Nov. 20: Joshua Teplitsky (Penn): "The Butcher and the Book: Regulating Kosher Meat in Early Modern Europe"

  • Nov. 27: Heidi Brayman (UC Riverside): "Blind Impressions and Mute Typography in The Faerie Queene (1590)"

  • Dec. 4: Shannon Mattern (Penn): "First, Remove Screws: A Cultural History of the Repair Manual"

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