Divine Art/Infernal Machine

printing blocks

In this digital age, it’s easy to forget that print was once revolutionary. But that is exactly the topic being explored in the 2010 Rosenbach Lectures, March 22, 23 and 25 at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. The lecture series, called “Divine Art/ Infernal Machine,” will be delivered by Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, professor of history emerita at the University of Michigan, whose best known book is titled “The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Europe.”

Her work focuses on the printing press’ impact on the Protestant reformation, the Renaissance and the scientific revolution. On March 22, Eisenstein will talk about “First Impressions;” on March 23, “Eighteenth-Century Attitudes;” and on March 25, “From Steam Press to Cyberspace.” Each lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Rosenwald Gallery on the sixth floor of the library. For more information, call 215-898-7088 or email jpollack@upenn.edu.

Originally published on February 18, 2010