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The Past and Future of the Book
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10/10/2013 to 10/11/2013
When: 10/10/2013
Where: Rhodes College
Memphis, Tennessee 
United States
Contact: Dr. Scott L. Newstok
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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

Related readings:

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

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