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   Symposium: "The Past and Future of the Book"

   Date : Friday, 11 October 2013       From : 9:00am   To : 12:00pm
   Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia       Location : Blount/Buckman Lobby

   Event Description :

A free public symposium on the latest developments in book history as well as innovative digital approaches to interpreting Shakespeare. World-renowned scholars and librarians will discuss their cutting-edge research on the printing of Shakespeare's works, computerized methods for reading large data sets, and the promises and challenges of digital libraries. All events take place in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall from 9 a.m. to noon.

At 9 a.m., Dr. Lukas Erne will discuss "Disseminating Printed Shakespeare in Early Modern England." Erne is professor of English literature at the University of Geneva. His latest book is Shakespeare and the Book Trade.

At 10 a.m., Dr. Michael Witmore will address "Writing Literary and Cultural History at the Level of the Sentence." Witmore became the Folger Shakespeare Library's seventh director on July 1, 2011. His books include Shakespearean Metaphysics.

At 11 a.m., Dr. Robert Darnton will respond to these presentations and engage in a roundtable discussion with Erne and Witmore. Darnton is University Professor and Director of the Harvard Library. Among his honors are a National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Humanities Medal. He also will deliver a lecture prior to the symposium on Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at the UC-Theatre on the University of Memphis campus.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities; the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment; the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; and the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH).

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