The Newberry Library Colloquium

Deciphering Spanish Manuscripts: 2013 Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

4 – 5 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Carla Rahn Phillips, Union Pacific Professor Emerita in Comparative Early Modern History, University of Minnesota

Many universities offer courses in Latin paleography for medievalists. Training in vernacular paleography, for early modernists, is harder to come by. This month the Center for Renaissance Studies is hosting a summer institute in Spanish paleography, funded by the Mellon Foundation. For three intensive weeks, fifteen intrepid participants, under the able leadership of Professor Carla Rahn Phillips, are learning to read and transcribe documents written in Spain and Spanish America from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. Professor Phillips will reflect on her experiences with Spanish paleography, as a researcher and a teacher, and she will offer tips both for beginners and for seasoned scholars interested in learning to read Spanish manuscripts.

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon in the Towner Fellows’ Lounge. 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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