*CANCELLED* What We Talk About When We Talk About Books
What We Talk About When We Talk About Books
Thursday, April 30th, 4:30-6:00pm
Newhouse Center Lounge
Pundits warn that as our appetite for books dwindles, so too do the virtues in which printed, bound objects once trained us. But English professor Leah Price finds scant proof that a golden age of reading ever existed. From the dawn of mass literacy to the invention of the paperback, most readers already skimmed and multitasked. The evidence that books are dying proves even scarcer. In encounters with librarians, booksellers, and activists who are reinventing old ways of reading, Price offers fresh hope to bibliophiles and literature lovers alike. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Book Learning: Media History as Negative Pedagogy
Friday, May 1st, 12:30-2:00pm
After opening remarks on what Leah Price calls "negative pedagogy" — classroom strategies that rely on forbidding students to write, read, keyboard, or even look at a book — this workshop will open up for discussion of methods for integrating book arts with media history. What can book history and bookmaking contribute to media literacy, to research skills, and to what's too often dismissed under the ugly name of "study skills"? How can introducing students to media artifacts from different times and places help them make sense of their own information management practices, inside the classroom and beyond? Which aspects of bibliographical description can provide the most useful tools to cultivate students' skepticism about the institutions (commercial and otherwise) from which they derive their knowledge of the world?
This workshop is open to Wellesley's faculty, staff, and advanced students.
Dec 3, 4–5:15 PMTransatlantic Pacts: America and the Production of Postwar French Literature
Newhouse Center fellow Sara Kippur (Associate Professor of French, Trinity College) will host a workshop-style presentation on her ongoing research project, a transatlantic literary history of postwar French literature.Event Date:Thursday, December 3, 2020 -4:00pm to 5:15pm
Nov 11, 2:30–3:45 PMRemembering the Battle of Greasy Grass, aka The Battle of Little Bighorn
Newhouse Center fellow and WGST professor Elena Creef presents a visual record of a sacred, weeklong Native American Prayer Ride in commemoration of General Custer's defeat at Greasy Grass, aka Little Bighorn, in 1876.Event Date:Wednesday, November 11, 2020 -2:30pm to 3:45pm
Dec 10, 5–6:30 PM
Nov 4, 2:30 PM