TODAY: UVA Rare Book School Lectures — UVA Special Collections, 5:30PM, Free

July 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments · By


The Rare Book School is an incredible independent institution “at home” at UVA. They put on erudite (others might say arcane) lectures open to the public, along with workshops open only to students and fellows (typically library scholars and graduate students from all over the country and world). It’s currently run by this wild Jesuit, Michael Suarez. If any of you are ex-Catholics (like myself) you know not to look any Jesuit directly in the eyes. They are kind, culturally-savvy and frighteningly well-educated. Even a brief encounter with one of these men can immediately deflate the viciousness of your Catholic cynicism. Father Suarez only proves this point. A few years ago, my brother attended a lecture and Q&A Father Suarez expertly conducted a few years ago on profanity and censorship, including meaningful discussions of pornography. WHAT.

Maybe it’s just me but I feel as though the RBS flies under the cultural radar in Charlottesville. For example, I was bummed to see I missed (and missed posting about) Janice Radway’s lecture “Riot Grrrl History, Underground Itineraries, and Girl Zine Networks: Unruly Subjects in the 1990s and Beyond” on June 9. So I’ve embedded the remaining lectures below:

21 July Ben Pauley Associate Professor of English, Eastern Connecticut State University “Remediating Book History” UVA Special Collections
22 July (Tuesday) Paul Needham & Nick Wilding Scheide Librarian, Princeton University & Associate Professor in Early Modern History, Georgia State University “Learning from Galileo” UVA Special Collections
28 July Nicholas Basbanes Author “Common Bond: Tales of a World Awash in Paper” UVA Special Collections
30 July Goran Proot Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Rare Books, Folger Shakespeare Library “Big Data and the Study of Early Modern Books” UVA Special Collections

Lectures start at 5:30 and take place in the auditorium in Special Collections. Special collections is caddy-corner to Alderman library on the UVA Campus. Walk down the spiral staircase to the auditorium. And they are free.

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