The ways texts were copied and bound in eleventh- and twelfth-century manuscript miscellanies from Ripoll, and from other important abbeys at Moissac and Novalesa, reveal fascinating stories of monks as traveling scribes, artists, and preachers.
5:30 pm reception; 6 pm program
From dragons and serpents to many-armed beasts that preyed on ships and sailors alike, sea monsters have terrified mariners across all ages and cultures and have become the subject of many tall tales from the sea.
8:30 am - 3 pm
Experts in the book world address a broad range of ethical issues that confront collectors of books, manuscripts, maps, and other works on paper or parchment. Speakers will also outline the challenges of preserving the evidence of our past, sometimes in the face of the conflicting interests of buyers, sellers, scholarly and other readers, binders, curators, and conservators.
10 am - 12:30 pm
Directed by Peter Garino
The story of Freemasonry’s introduction into France in the early decades of the eighteenth century is also in part the story of Enlightenment philosophy’s reliance on performance activity. Radical philosophy and freethinking did not subsist only in the circulation of printed texts.
Born to Anglo-American parents on the Appalachian frontier, captured by the Miami Indians at the age of thirteen, and adopted into the tribe, William Wells (1770–1812) moved between two cultures all his life but was comfortable in neither.
On May 1, Newberry readers will begin using an online system called Aeon to register as readers, request to view materials in our reading rooms, and order reproductions from items in the collections.
Will Hansen, Director of Reader Services, will demonstrate how Aeon works and discuss some of its features that will enhance readers’ ability to use the Newberry’s collections.