[ANNOUNCEMENT] "The Past and Future of the Book" (Memphis, October 10-11, 2013)

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Scott Newstok
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"The Past and Future of the Book" Symposium

On October 10-11, 2013, the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College will host a free public symposium on "The Past and Future of the Book":


Thursday, 6:00pm (reception 5:30), UC Theater, University of Memphis:

* Robert Darnton (Harvard University): "Digitize and Democratize: Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future"

Friday, 9:00am (coffee, 8:30am), Blount Auditorium, Rhodes College:

* Lukas Erne (University of Geneva): "Disseminating Printed Shakespeare in Early Modern England"

* Michael Witmore (Folger Shakespeare Library): "Writing Literary and Cultural History at the Level of the Sentence"

* Response by Robert Darnton

Co-sponsored by the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities, the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis, and the Rhodes College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Please contact Scott Newstok (newstoks@rhodes.edu) for further information.




Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, Rhodes College enjoys an unusually wide range of Shakespeare-related resources. The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment was established in 2007 to enrich courses in Shakespeare and support events for the entire campus as well as the greater Memphis community. Dr. Pearce attended Rhodes College in the 1940s, when it was named Southwestern at Memphis, before graduating from Vanderbilt University. During World War II, she joined the women's corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve (WAVES). As a medical student, she followed a long-established path in her family, where four generations of physicians preceded her. Yet she was also breaking new ground as a woman: she was one of only two female students in her University of Tennessee class; she served as the first female internal medicine resident at John Gaston Hospital (The Med); and she eventually became the director of the City of Memphis Hospitals while serving as a professor at the University of Tennessee. Her bequest generously continues to support her lifelong enthusiasm for Shakespeare. The late professor of Shakespeare studies at Rhodes, Dr. Cynthia Marshall, was instrumental in establishing preliminary planning for this bequest.