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Reading the Ministry in the Americas, 1492-Present

16th-century lectionary translated into Nahuatl (VAULT Ayer MS 1467)

Thursday, October 10, 2019Friday, October 11, 2019

Thursday, October 10, 5-7:30 pm; Friday, October 11, 9:30 am - 5 pm

Newberry Library

Free and open to the public; registration required
Open to the Public
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

This conference explores the development, use, and afterlife of religious libraries in the Americas. Through scholarly talks, roundtables, and collection presentations, this conference examines the Indigenous experience of religious libraries in the Americas during the colonial period, and the historical transition of these libraries into “rare book collections.” In this way, the conference will provide the opportunity to share stories of conversion, resistance, and syncretism that have shaped the experience of Christianity in the Americas from the fifteenth century to the present day.

Co-sponsored by the The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen.


Thursday, October 10

5 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks

5:15 pm Keynote Address

6:30 pm Opening Reception

Friday, October 11

9:30 am Conversation 1: Indigenous Readers, Collectors, and Bookmakers

10:30 am Coffee Break

11 am Collection Presentation

12 pm Lunch Break (on your own)

1:30 pm Conversation 2: Becoming Rare Books

2:30 pm Break

3 pm Conversation 3: Seminary Collections at the Newberry Library

4 pm Final Conversation

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required. Registration will open on September 1, 2019.