New Events

Nick Wilding, Associate Professor of History, Georgia State University, "Forging the Moon; Or, How to Spot a Fake Galileo," Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 12:30 pm, Science Center 277. Co-sponsored by Book Studies, the CLCE's Edwards Fund, and the Science Center.

The integrity of the historical record is a prime concern for any historian. It follows that the art of detecting forgeries is crucial to our craft. Early modern print materials have generally been held above suspicion as a technologically impossible, or at least unprofitable, subject for forgery. But the emergence in 2005 of a spectacular copy of Galileo's cosmos-changing Siderius Nuncius, furnished with an autograph inscription and hand-drawn lunar illustrations, forced a reconsideration of this assumption. By reconstructing the recent history of the analysis of this single and singular object, Professor Wilding shows how, when viewed from different perspectives, within shifting contexts, and alongside a choice of control copies, a seemingly rigorous and secure authentication can gradually lose its certainty and eventually become proof of forgery.

To learn more about Dr. Wilding's discoveries, please see "A Very Rare Book: The Mystery Surrounding a Copy of Galileo's Pivotal Treatise" in The New Yorker from December 16, 2013. Click here for the article.

ARTS 222: Introductory Print Methods: Typography/Book Arts, Spring 2016 

Katherine M. Ruffin, Book Studies and Book Arts Program Director, teaches this course in the Book Arts Lab.

Past Events

Kristina Milnor, Professor of Classics, Barnard College, "Faustilla the Pawnbroker: On Gender and Finance in the Early Roman Empire," November 11, 2015, 5:00 pm in FND 120.

Sylvia Sellers-Garcia, Assistant Professor of History, Boston College, "Distance and Documents at the Spanish Empire's Periphery," April 27, 2015, 4:00 pm. Sponsored by Book Studies, the History Department, and the Long 18th Century Working Group.

William Noel, Director of the Kislak Center and the Schoenberg Institute, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, "The Archimedes Palimpsest and Truly Open Manuscript Data," Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 12:30 pm. Sponsored by the Science Faculty Seminar Series, Wellesley Wednesdays, Book Studies, and the Wilson Fund, with co-sponsorship from the Art Department, Classics Department, the Media Arts and Sciences Program, and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program.

ARTH 299: History of the Book from Manuscript to Print, Spring 2015 - Ruth Rogers, Curator of Special Collections, taught this course in Special Collections.

Kenneth Carpenter, Former Curator, Kress Library of Business and Economics, Harvard University, "How Economic Ideas Travel: The Incredible Journey of Benjamin Franklin's 'Way to Wealth'," Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:00 pm, Library Lecture Room.

Simran Thadani, PhD in English from University of Pennsylvania, 2013, and BA in Spanish and English from Wellesley College in 2005, "Authorship and Anonymity in Renaissance Writing-Books," Monday, November 10, 4:15 pm; and "Post-Wellesley Careers for Humanities Majors," Sunday, November 9, 2014, 4:00 pm, Lulu Wang Center 415.

Rie Hachinayagi, Professor of Art, Mt. Holyoke College, "Artist's Presentation," Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:30 pm, Library Lecture Room; and "Japanese Papermaking Demonstration," Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 4:00 pm, Papermaking Studio, Pendleton West 114.

Kelly Whitmer, Assistant Professor of History, Sewanee: the University of the South, "How to Build an Imaginary Cabinet of Curiosities: Lessons in Entrepeneurship for Gallant Youth, ca. 1700," March 12, 2014, 5:00 pm, Library Lecture Room.

ARTS 222 Introductory Print Methods: Typography/Book Arts, Spring 2014
Katherine M. Ruffin, Book Arts Program Director, teaches this course in the Book Arts Lab.

2014 Book Studies Faculty Seminar: Teaching & Conducting Research with Books and OtherText-Technologies: Book History, the Book Arts, and Book Studies at Wellesley College Sponsored by the Provost’s Office and Library & Technology Services and made possible by the generous support of The Friends of the Wellesley College Library’s Innovations in Reading and Scholarship Fund. Tuesday, January 14, through Thursday, January 16, 2014

ARTH 299 History of the Book from Manuscript to Print, Spring 2013 Ruth Rogers, Curator of Special Collections, taught this course in Special Collections.

Ann Blair, Henry Charles Lee Professor of History at Harvard University "Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Digital Age" Saturday, November 10, 2012, 4 pm Collins Cinema

Peter Stallybrass, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania Newhouse Center for Humanities Elizabeth Turner Jordan '59 Lecture Lecture and Seminar Lecture: “What is a letter?” (letter as in correspondence) Monday, December 3, 2012: 4:30 pm Seminar: “What is a book?” Tuesday, December 4, 2012: 12:30-2:00, Newhouse Center

Pfortzheimer Learning and Teaching Center Luncheon: "The Book Studies Concentration at Smith College" Lecture by Martin Antonetti, Curator of Rare Books, Smith College Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 12:30 Library Lecture Room

2012 Book Studies Faculty Seminar: Teaching with Books and Other Text-Technologies: Book History, the Book Arts, and Book Studies in the Wellesley Curriculum.” Sponsored by the Provost’s Office and Library & Technology Services and made possible by the generous support of The Friends of the Wellesley College Library’s Innovations in Reading and Scholarship Fund Monday, June 4-Wednesday, June, 6, 2012