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Halftone reproduction of the Musical Fund Hall, 1824. Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Musical Fund Society at 200

Diffusion of Taste in Philadelphia, 1820-2020

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Eugene Ormandy Gallery , Albrecht Music Library, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 4th 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
Bibliothèque nationale de France, ms. fr. 5899 (end of 13th c.)

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Ada Kuskowski (Penn), "Foundational Legal Documents in an Era of Customary Law: Thinking about the Middle Ages"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Frontispiece to Baltasar Gracian, L'huomo di corte (Venice 1703)

Gracián between Oracolo Manuale and L'Huomo di corte

Roger Chartier, Department of History and Collège de France

Lea Library , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Fourteenth-century charter from Germany with a few lines in Hebrew at the bottom

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Micha Perry (University of Haifa): "Medieval Jewish Bilingual Charters: Texts, Signs and Sounds"

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

2021 Jay I. Kislak Symposium

The Ethics of Collecting in the 21st Century

Virtual event

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Woman in mask reading

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Christina Lupton (University of Copenhagen) and Ben Davies (University of Portsmouth), "Corona Time: Reading Fiction During the Covid-19 Pandemic"

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
Photo of Budd

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Ellen Gruber Garvey (New Jersey City University), "Unstable Access to the Print Record: The Case of Back Number Budd and 19th Century Newspapers"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Image of father instructing children, frontispiece to Charles Atmore, Serious Advice from a Father to His Children (Philadelphia, 1819)

America 250 at Penn

Teaching Independence

Bridging the Communications Gap

Hybrid event

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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
McNeil Center for Early American Studies http://www.mceas.org/ , 3355 Woodland Walk, Philadelphia PA
Young readers holding books and chatting in library stacks

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Andrew Stauffer (University of Virginia) and Amanda Licastro (Penn Libraries): "Book Traces: Library History and the Marks of Collaborative Reading"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Buddhist sutra, Nara 1410

Kislak Center New Acquisitions Showcase

While you were away ...

In-person event

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Wampum belt, Penn Museum, Object NA9143

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Margaret M. Bruchac (Penn), "Reading the Material and Textual Histories in a Path Wampum Belt"

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
Lifecast of a rose

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Pamela H. Smith (Columbia University): "Making and Knowing in Early Modern How-To Texts"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Autographed photograph portrait of Frederick Douglass, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Papers, University of Pennsylvania Archives

Hybrid event

Douglass Day

Celebrating 19th-Century Black Achievement

In-person and virtual event

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

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Roger Chartier (Penn): "The Skin of an Innocent Lamb: Jack Cade and the Roman Law"

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

From the Kislak Stacks

A Crucified Nun and an Amateur Iconographer

Denis Faucher’s Handbook for a Female Monastic (Ms. Codex 1620)

Nicholas Herman, Lawrence J. Schoenberg Curator [In-person event]

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Coin box bearing the words "Remember your weekly pledge to the Mass. A. S. Society"

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Teresa A. Goddu (Vanderbilt), "Antislavery Media"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Futurama exhibit at 1939 New York World's Fair

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Sarah Wasserman (Delaware), "Pop-up Buildings and Postage Stamps: Ephemera and the American Novel"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Initial B from a choir book, showing Christ blessing a Dominican nun.

The SIMS & Italian Studies Fellow in Italian Manuscript Studies Online Lecture

Masters in Miniature

Future Horizons for Italian Manuscript Studies

Bryan C. Keene, Riverside City College

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Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Dahye Kim (Northwestern University): "The Hangul Machines and the Curious Disappearance of Chinese Characters"

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

Hybrid event

Li Delun in Philadelphia

Ethnography, Archives, and Music Across the Pacific

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Inscription by Frances Wolfreston at the beginning of The Tragedy of Othello: "wolfreston her bouk a sad one"

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Material Texts Roadshow: Women Collectors and Their Collections

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
Second level of the Penn Museum Library, 1971. Photographer Rollin LaFrance. Courtesy of Penn Museum Archives

Museum Library as Palimpsest

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Museum Library
Harvey Finkle, photographer, "Sierra Leone-Dukuray Family Prepares for Church, Philadelphia"

Faces of Immigration: Photographs by Harvey Finkle

Lea Library , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Volvelle from Penn MS Codex 1881

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Aylin Malcolm (University of Pennsylvania): "Revolutionary Science: Movable Books and the Medieval Universe"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Jishou Art Museum, designed by Yung Ho Chang / Atelier FCJZ

Building in China: A Century of Dialogues on Modern Architecture

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Fisher Exhibition Space , Fisher Fine Arts Library , 1st floor
Man kneeling and holding a flower and facing text in Chinese characters.

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies Online Lecture Series

Between Central and East Asia: Chinese Manuscripts from Tenth-Century Dunhuang

Imre Galambos, University of Cambridge

Nouum Testamentum Graece & Latine (Paris, Printed by Charlotte Guillard, 1543), Peter Way Collection

From the Kislak Stacks

Apud Carolam Guillard: Charlotte Guillard, First Woman Printer of the French Renaissance

HIghlights from the Peter Way Collection on French Renaissance Philology and Lexicography

David McKnight

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Collage from William Kentridge’s 2nd Hand Reading project (2014), using the 1936 revised Oxford English Dictionary, Kentridge Studio

The A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography

The Secret Life of Books

Peter D. McDonald, University of Oxford

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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
Drawing of a physician picking herbs from Paris, BnF lat. 6862, f. 18v (detail)

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Meg Leja (Binghamton University): "Mending Bodies by (A)mending Texts: Medical Manuscripts from the Early Middle Ages"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Page from illuminated manuscript copy of Khushhal Khan's Rag Darshan - [Hyderabad, India], A.H. 1214-1219 (1799-1804)

Khushhal Khan's Rag Darshan

Workshop with Prof. Katherine Schofield, Kings' College, London

Lea Library , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Cylindrical piece of mulberry tree, piece of wood supposedly taken from Shakespeare's mulberry tree,

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Jack Lynch (Rutgers University-Newark), "Real Fakes and Fake Fakes: Materiality in Literary Forgery"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Title page of Walker’s Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, third edition (Boston: 1830).

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Marcy Dinius (DePaul University): "David Walker's Textual Engagements"

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
"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]

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Image of a pink fist with "FEMINIST" spelled out on knuckles stamped over the title page of Fredson Bowers' Principles of Bibliographic Description (1949).

Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Sarah Werner: "Speculations on Feminist Bibliography"

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center , 6th floor
Full-page view of an English illuminated manuscript from the Rosenbach Museum and Library (MS 439.16, fol. 9r)

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies Online Lecture Series

Beyond the Page: Immaterial Texts in Late Medieval England

Daniel Wakelin, University of Oxford