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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.


Spring 2024 SPEAKERS
  • Jan. 22: David Wallace (Penn): "Walt Whitman’s Inferno, Bryn Mawr College, and the American Civil War"

  • Jan. 29: Donovan Schaefer (Penn): “Is a Monument a Text?"

  • Feb. 5: Zita Nunes (Penn): "Correio d’África: A Case Study of Pan-Africanism in the Multilingual Black Press of the 1920s"

  • Feb. 12: Jessica Brantley (Yale): "Some Poor Septenaries and their Rich Relations: The Vernon Pater Noster and the Sherborne Missal"

  • Feb. 19: Emma Hart (Penn): "The Atlantic Itinerary of Smollett’s Complete History of England"

  • Feb. 26: Joseph Howley (Columbia): "Toward a New Typology of Roman Writing Equipment"

  • Mar. 11-14: Elizabeth McHenry (NYU), Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography: "Toward a History of Black Print"

  • Mar. 18: Peter Stallybrass (Penn), Heather Wolfe (Folger Shakespeare Library), Ray Schrire (Tel Aviv University): "Erasable Writing Technologies, 1500-1800"

  • Mar. 25: Jim Green (Library Company): "The First American English Language Bibles: Fragments and Traces"

  • Apr. 1: Ann Sherif (Oberlin): "Hokusai’s Page Spread: A Filial Piety Book in Early Modern Japan”

  • Apr. 8: Lila Rice Goldenberg (Penn): "It is Easy to Add Books: Library Catalogs in Seventeenth-century Oxford"

  • Apr. 15: Zhenzhen Lu (Bates): “Popular Literature and Manuscript Culture in Rural North China, 17th-19th Centuries: The Liaozhai Collection at Keio University”

  • Apr. 22: Marina Garona Gravier (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México): "Printed Books in the Indigenous Languages ​​of Latin America During the Colonial Period: An Approach from History, Editorial Studies, and Materiality”

  • Apr 29: Roger Chartier (Penn): “Books as Portfolio”

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