The series on "The Book: Past, Present, Future" in the 2016-17 academic year featured lectures by four eminent international scholars who will address the nature of the book in the context of its long history, its centrality to human civilization, its future potentialities, and the technological, social, and commercial changes and challenges that face books and the spaces associated with books today.

James Raven

Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m., Traditional Reading Room (Bertrand Library)

James RavenJames Raven, Professor of Modern History, a member of the Center for Human Rights and Co-Director of the Centre for Bibliographical History at the University of Essex in England, and a distinguished scholar of book history, will be giving a lecture entitled "The History of the Book."

For more information about Prof. Raven please visit his website.

Laura Mandell

Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m., Traditional Reading Room (Bertrand Library)

Laura MandellLaura Mandell, Professor of English Literature & Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University will be giving a lecture entitled "The Future of the Book."

For more information about Laura Mandell visit

Jeffrey Schnapp

Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m., Traditional Reading Room (Bertrand Library)

Jeffrey SchnappJeffrey Schnapp is a professor of Romance languages and literature and Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

For more information about Jeffrey Schnapp visit

Bookmaking Workshop

Thursday, March 23 at 4:30 p.m., 7th Street Studio

Wendy Parks who will lead the workshop and will be teaching attendees how to make basic pamphlet style notebooks with five-hole binding, how to create a hard cover and learn how to glue the text block into the cover.

Due to limited space, you must RSVP. If interested, please email Christi Shingara at or RSVP online

Alberto Manguel

Thursday, April 13 at 5 p.m.,Traditional Reading Room (Bertrand Library)

Alberto ManguelAlberto Manguel is the Director of the National Library of Argentina and the author of A History of Reading (1996), The Library at Night (2006), and many other works of fiction, non-fiction, drama, and translation. He will be giving a talk entitled "Reading is a Transitive Verb: Humanity and the Book".

For more information about Alberto Manguel visit


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