Friday, April 18, 2008

A Conference and Exhibition presented by the Columbia Early Modern Seminar, in collaboration with the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University

Friday, April 25th
523 Butler Library (on the south side of Columbia University's 116th
street campus).

9:00 Opening Remarks
Michael Ryan, Columbia University
Alan Stewart, Columbia University

Alan Farmer, Ohio State University, "Forms of News: Printed Newsbooks and the Politics of the Thirty Years' War in England"
Zachary Lesser, University of Pennsylvania, "Shakespeare's Crown and Globe (Bookshops)"

Chair: Benedict Robinson, SUNY Stony Brook

Amanda Bailey, University of Connecticut, Storrs, "Reading the Hand of Human Capital"
Shankar Raman, MIT, "Specifying the Unknown"

Chair: Henry Turner, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Hannibal Hamlin, Ohio State University, "The Geneva Bible as Bible for Dummies"
Heather James, University of Southern California, "Commonplaces, Inventories, and the Forms of Authorship"
Tanya Pollard, CUNY Brooklyn College, "Translating Greek Drama: Schoolbooks and Popular Theater in Early Modern England"

Chair: Adam Zucker, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

5:00 Keynote Lecture
Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania, "Making Commonplaces in English Printed Books"

6:00 Reception

Please also join us for the complementary exhibition---curated by Patricia Akhimie, Rebecca Calcagno, Saskia Cornes, Musa Gurnis, Adam Hooks, Bryan Lowrance, Sara Murphy, and Brynhildur Heiðardóttir Ómarsdóttir in collaboration with the speakers---on display in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, located on the 6th Floor of Butler Library.

Sponsored by Columbia University's Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Graduate Student Advisory Council, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

With questions, contact Allison Deutermann ( and András Kisery (