Lectures & Conferences

5th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Taxonomies of Knowledge

November 16-17, 2012



Friday, November 16, 2012

Opening Reception and Keynote Address

William Noel
Director of the Special Collections Center and Founding Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies
University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Why Study Manuscripts?
Because That's Where the Data Is

To be held at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 (map).
Reception begins at 5:00 pm; lecture begins at 6:00 pm.

A special exhibition of manuscripts from the Free Library's collections will be on view during the reception.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

(due to cancellations the program is revised)

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To be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Claudia Cohen Hall,
G17 Auditorium (entrance at rear of building) , 249 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA (map)

8:30 - 9:00 am     Registration and Coffee


9:00 - 9:15 am     Welcome and Opening Remarks

Carton Rogers, Vice-Provost and Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Libraries
Emily Steiner, Organizer, University of Pennsylvania


9:15 -10:30 am

Katherine Breen, Northwestern University

Making One's Way through the Book: Reading and Reorientation in the Speculum theologiae and Piers Plowman

Alfred Hiatt, Queen Mary, University of London

Worlds in Books

Moderator: Robert Maxwell, University of Pennsylvania


10:30 - 10:45 pm Coffee


10:45 am -12:00 pm

Mary Franklin-Brown, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Poetry's Place in Scholastic Taxonomies of Knowledge: From Dominicus Gundissalinus to Vincent of Beauvais

Yossef Schwartz, Tel Aviv University & The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Medieval Translation Movements and the Invention of Hebrew Science, 1100-1300

Moderator: Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania


12:00 - 1:45 pm Lunch break


1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Sergei Tourkin, McGill University

Persian Nativity Horoscopes

Eric Ramirez-Weaver, University of Virginia

Reading the Heavens: Revelation and Reification in the Astronomical Anthology for Wenceslas IV

Moderator: Julia Verkholantsev, University of Pennsylvania


3:00 - 3:30 pm Coffee


3:30 pm -4:45 pm

Sara S. Poor, Princeton University

"Life" Lessons in Anna Eybin's Book of Saints (ca. 1465-1482)

Vincent Gillespie, University of Oxford

"Disce quod doceas": The Libraries of Syon Abbey and the Changing Landscape of Later-Medieval Learning

 Moderator: E. Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania

4:45 - 5:00 pm Break


5:00 - 6:00 pm Roundtable Discussion

Moderated by Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania
Remarks by David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania


6:00 - 7:00 pm Closing Reception and Special Exhibition of Manuscripts from the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. To be held in the Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 South 34th Street  Philadelphia, PA, 19104 (map).

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