Leah Price

*CANCELLED* What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

A Lecture by Leah Price (Rutgers University)
Apr 30, 4:30 PM, May 1, 12:30 PM
Newhouse Center for the Humanities
Free and open to the public

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

Newhouse Center

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.