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Two Interdisciplinary Spring Conferences

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February 7, 2012, Volume 58, No. 21

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation has given the University of Pennsylvania a grant of $10,000 in support of two upcoming conferences. “We are grateful to The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for supporting these two interdisciplinary conferences,” said Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at Penn. “Their assistance will help us facilitate scholarly exchanges on topics which bridge the centuries and reveal the impact of the past on the present and future.”

The first, scheduled for Saturday, February 11, is Architectures of the Text: An Inquiry into the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a symposium to celebrate the acquisition by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries of the second edition of Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Venice, 1545).

The Anne and Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Library, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the School of Design will collaborate on Architectures of the Text: An Inquiry into the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a one-day symposium to give faculty, students, scholars and the public the opportunity to discover the beauty, meaning and mysteries contained within the book’s text and images. Topics to be addressed include: the book’s publishing history, gardens and landscape architecture in the book and in Renaissance Italy, classical inscriptions and ruins, the language of the text and its sources and the continuing influence of the Hypnerotomachia on graphic design.

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ acquisition came at the suggestion of John Dixon Hunt, professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University. Funds for its purchase came from the G. Holmes Perkins Books and Archives Fund, established by G. Holmes Perkins, professor of architecture and urbanism and former dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts (now the School of Design). The Libraries and the School of Design administer this fund jointly.

Space is limited, so registration is required. For registration please contact rbml@pobox.upenn.edu or call (215) 898-7088.

For information, visit: www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/hypnerotomachia.html

The second conference, scheduled for March 30-31, is Memory/Reason/Imagination: Librarians and Scholars—Past, Present, and Future, a symposium in honor of Dr. Daniel Traister on the occasion of his retirement from the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. It will explore the worlds of librarians and scholars, examining how these worlds influence each other. The topics that the speakers will cover include: history of collections and collecting: encyclopedism vs. curiosity; epistemology and its classifications in libraries; history of librarianship/portraits of librarians; the role of the librarian: scholar and/or professional; and changes and continuities in the Digital Age: textual conversion, reading practices, and knowledge.

Crossing disciplines and time periods are themes that reflect some of the broad interests that Dr. Traister has explored in a long career of publishing and work at Penn, the New York Public Library, and the Rare Book School at Columbia University and the University of Virginia.

Space is limited, so registration is required by Friday, March 23. For registration contact rbml@pobox.upenn.edu or call (215) 898-7088.

For information, visit: www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/traister_symposium.html

 

Almanac - February 7, 2012, Volume 58, No. 21