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Recording Lives: Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age: Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow
Registration is NOT required
Free and open to the public

Recording Lives: Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age: Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future

Robert Darnton and Christopher Ricks

This event will be held in Rabb Hall at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square.

The Boston Center for the Humanities Fall Forum Recording Lives: Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age opens with “Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future,” a public lecture by Robert Darnton, University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard University. David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library will introduce the lecture, and Christopher Ricks, Professor of the Humanities at Boston University will provide commentary. A public reception will follow the lecture.

Robert Darnton became Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard in 2007 after teaching history at Princeton for nearly 40 years. He has been a visiting professor at numerous universities and institutes for advanced study, and his outside activities include service as a trustee of the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press (USA) and terms as president of the American Historical Association and the International Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. Among his honors and awards are a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award, election to the French Legion of Honor, the National Humanities Medal conferred by President Obama in February 2012, and the Del Duca World Prize in the Humanities awarded by the Institut de France in 2013. He has written and edited many books, including The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie (1979, an early attempt to develop the history of books as a field of study); The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (1984, probably his most popular work, which has been translated into 19 languages); Berlin Journal, 1989-1990 (1991, an account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of East Germany); and The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Prerevolutionary France (1995, a study of the underground book trade). His latest books are The Case for Books (2009); The Devil in the Holy Water, or The Art of Slander in France from Louis XIV to Napoleon (2009); Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris (2010); and Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature (2014).

Sir Christopher Ricks is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, having formerly taught English at Bristol and Cambridge. He is a member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, of which he was president from 2007-2008. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 2004, and is known both for his critical studies and for his editorial work, including The Poems of Tennyson (revised 1987), The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse (1987), Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917 by T. S. Eliot (1996), The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999), Selected Poems of James Henry (2002), Samuel Menashe’s New and Selected Poems (2005), Samuel Beckett’s The Expelled / The Calmative / The End / First Love (2009), Henry James’s What Maisie Knew (2010) and for Penguin Books Alfred Lord Tennyson: Selected Poems (2007). He is the author of Milton’s Grand Style (1963), Keats and Embarrassment (1974), The Force of Poetry (1984), T. S. Eliot and Prejudice (1988), Tennyson (1989), Beckett’s Dying Words (1993), Essays in Appreciation (1996), Allusion to the Poets (2002), Reviewery (2002), Decisions and Revisions in T. S. Eliot (2003), Dylan’s Visions of Sin (2004), and True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell under the Sign of Eliot and Pound (2010).

Rabb Hall is wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices are available. To request a sign language interpreter or for help with other special needs, call 617-859-2382 (TTY) at least two weeks before the program.

The Forum is co-sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, the Boston University College and Graduate School of the Arts & Sciences, the Boston University Office of the Provost, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, the Boston Public Library, and the Boston Athenæum.

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