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COVID-19 update: The Penn Libraries is now hosting both virtual and in-person workshops and events. Please refer to individual event pages for details. In accordance with Penn’s COVID-19 Guidelines, outside visitors attending events on campus are required to wear a mask, attest to having been vaccinated, and register their contact information with the organizers in case follow-up from contact tracers is needed.

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Watch this space for fall 2019 lectures

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Detail from fold-out engraved image in Charles Crawford, Observations on Negro-Slavery (Philadelphia: Eleazer Oswald, 1790)

The A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography

Printing Abolition

How the Fight to Ban the British Slave Trade Was Won, 1783–1807

Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Director, Rare Book School and University Professor, University of Virginia

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Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Manuscript fragment showing folds from being in a bookbinding and other damage from loss of the parchment.

14th Annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (Online)

Loss

November 17-19, 2021

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Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
John Bull and Uncle Sam sharing secrets

Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair Distinguished Lecture Series

Conspiracy Theory and Political Culture, Past and Present

A Conversation with The Atlantic’s Adrienne LaFrance and James McAuley

Virtual event

Online
“Gilgamesh Dream Tablet”

2021 Jay I. Kislak Symposium

The Ethics of Collecting in the 21st Century

Virtual event

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"Les Juifs," photograph from Constantinople ancienne et moderne (Ms. Coll. 445)

From the Kislak Stacks

Armenian Photographers, a Turkish Sultan, a French Empress, and an American Doctor

The stories behind an Ottoman album of Constantinople photographs (Ms. Coll. 445)

Nicholas Brenner and John Pollack [in-person event]

Lea Library , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Buddhist monastic constitution roll

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Brenton Sullivan (Colgate), "Buddhist Monastic Constitutions"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Front page of the Freedman's Torchlight, vol. 1, no. 1, December 1866

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Elizabeth McHenry (NYU), "'Utterly Worthless'?: Race Publishing, Subscription Books and Black Communities"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
U.S. Constitution, p. 1 (detail)

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Asheesh Kapur Siddique (UMass Amherst), "Documenting the Body of State: Paper and the Matter of the US Constitution"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor