RVSG Guest Lecture: Tom Mole

Date(s) - 09/06/2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm



The RVSG’s Book History Seminar (BHS) will kick off on Thursday, September 6, with two events featuring Dr. Tom Mole, Director of the Centre for the History of the Book (U. of Edinburgh) and co-author of The Broadview Introduction to Book History.

3-4 PM: Tom Mole “House of Learning” lecture in the HBLL auditorium on “The Life of Books” 

How do we live with books? In this lecture, Tom Mole considers how books as objects become meaningful throughout our lives. For many of us, the sources of our attachment to physcial books lie in early childhood. At school, we learn to invest emotionally in books as objects in ways that go well beyond the texts they contain. Books are often given on significant occasions, or presented in educational settings. They play an important role in structuring and mediating relationships. And, at the end of our lies, books can be some of the most enduring legacies we leave behind us. Tracking our engagement with books across the life course, this lecture shows how tightly the lives of books and people are entwined.


4:15-5:45 PM: First seminar meeting in 4188 HBLL with Tom Mole on “the past, present, and future of book history”

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