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Five College Book History Seminar

The Five College Book History Seminar series is a collaborative lecture series that focuses on the production, circulation, and reception of early modern and medieval texts. These lectures are assembled in collaboration with Jim Kelly, Humanities Research Services Librarian at DuBois Library, and Jim Wald, Associate Professor of History at Hampshire College.  


Spring 2019
Hayley Cotter, PhD Candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "The 1517 Theuerdank and Maximilian I's Uses of Print."
Sean Moore, Professor of English, University of New Hampshire, "New Methods for the Study of Reading via Circulation Records and Portraiture: Evidence from the Salem Social Library and Redwood Library."
Amy Halliday, Gallery Director, Hampshire College Art Gallery, "Book Arts Unbound: Collecting and Curating Contemporary Artists' Books."
Polina Barskova, Professor of Russian Literature, Hampshire College, "Life and Death of Books during the Siege of Leningrad."

Fall 2018
Jessica Maier, Associate Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College, "News, Real and Fake, from the Front: Mapping the Great Siege of Malta (1565)."
Ann Blair, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Harvard University, "Servant-Functions and Author-Functions in Early Modern Europe."

Fall 2017
Joseph Black, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "'A Potency of Life': The Material History of Books and Reading" 
Leah Price, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English Literature, Harvard University, "Overbooked: dispatches from the front lines of the reading wars"

Spring 2017
Andrea Stone, Smith College, "Broadside, Pamphlet, Book: Early Black American Print Cultures and the Digital Archive"
Emily Todd, Chair of the Department of English and Founding Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, Westfield State University, "Managing Happiness: A Study of Children's Books Published by Graves & Ellis in Postbellum Boston"

Fall 2016
Michael Kelly, Head of the Archives & Special Collections Amherst College, "Samson Occom and the Uses of Bibliography"