Jay I. Kislak Symposium

In 2013, the Penn Libraries celebrated the dedication of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, named in honor of Jay I. Kislak (Wharton 1943). Jay I. Kislak and the Kislak Family Foundation donated $5.5 million to the Penn Libraries to complete the renovation of the 5th and 6th floors of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center and also contributed to ongoing Kislak Center programming.

Image based on the sign used by the Gotham Book Mart

Past Symposia

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December 2-3, 2021

The Ethics of Collecting in the 21st Century

This symposium will reach out to colleagues working in archives and special collections to reflect on the urgent ethical challenges confronting their repositories.

Virtual

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February 22-24, 2018

A Raging Wit: The Life and Legacy of Jonathan Swift

This conference seeks to reconsider Jonathan Swift and his works through a contemporary lens, exploring how they have travelled across three centuries and around the world.

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center

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March 3-4, 2017

Expanding Earth: Travel, Encounter, and Exchange

To the Ends of the Earth will explore the transmission and translation of material and cultural practices, cartography, exploration, migration (forced and voluntary) and the changing geographies of liminal spaces.

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center

Image above: Image based on the sign used by the Gotham Book Mart