October 10–11, 2013
A free public symposium about reading printed texts in a digital era.
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
Darnton: "The National Digital Public Library is Launched!"; The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future; "What is the History of Books?"
Erne: Shakespeare and the Book Trade; Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist; Shakespeare′s Modern Collaborators
Witmore: "Bits and the Bard"; "Shakespeare as Killer Software"; "The Data-Mining′s the Thing"; Shakespearean Metaphysics
Co-sponsored by the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities, Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH), and Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa