The Newberry Library Colloquium

"Boy, I Sure Wish I Was in Rome!"
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

4 – 5 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Paul Gehl, Custodian, John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing

In March of last year, Russell Maret, perhaps the best fine printer in the U.S., published a limited edition of a tired, ten-year-old text by the Newberry’s Wing curator, Paul Gehl. Entitled A Meditation in Rome, the collaboration grew out of a casual dinner conversation about the Pantheon and the inscription on its facade. Paul will show a few slides of the city, the monument, and the book and tell the story of how a conference paper that flopped turned into a truly beautiful book. This caterpillar-to-butterfly parable should be a good way to start the new year, offering hope to those of us in grey Chicago that (somewhere else, at least) the sun still shines on Western Civilization.

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.

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