Animated Anatomies explores the visually stunning and technically complex genre of printed texts and illustrations known as anatomical flap books.
This exhibit traces the flap book genre beginning with early examples from the sixteenth century, to the colorful “golden age” of complex flaps of the nineteenth century, and finally to the common children’s pop-up anatomy books of today. The display—which includes materials from the RBMSCL, the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives’ History of Medicine Collections, and from the private collections of the curators of the exhibit—highlights the history of science, medical instruction, and the intricate art of bookmaking.
The exhibit is curated by Professor Valeria Finucci, Department of Romance Studies, and Maurizio Rippa-Bonati, Department of History of Medicine at the University of Padua, with the assistance of Meg Brown, Duke University Libraries exhibits coordinator, and Rachel Ingold, Curator of the History of Medicine Collections. Items will be exhibited in both the gallery of Perkins Library on Duke’s main campus as well as outside the History of Medicine Reading Room at Duke’s Medical Center Library.
In addition to the exhibit, an opening reception will be held Monday, 18 April, at 10 AM at the History of Medicine Collections, followed by a symposium of renowned scholars in history, medicine, and medical history in Perkins Library. The exhibit and the symposium, both free and open to the public, aim to address a diverse public including those interested in the medical field, history, cultural studies, visual studies, and material studies.
To learn more about the symposium, exhibit, see photos of anatomical flap books, and watch videos of them in action, visit the exhibit website.
Post contributed by Rachel Ingold, Curator of the History of Medicine Collections.
The event will be a “series of conversations that reproduce what might happen in a workshop—an ‘atelier’—of ideas. Our panelists’ conversations will engage the moments before ideas become text, fixed images, documented policies or remembered spectacle,” said Atelier@Duke organizer Karla F C Holloway, the James B. Duke Professor of English and a professor of law at Duke. The series of panel discussions will also consider what and how histories are saved and shared.
This occasion also marks the inaugural John Hope Franklin Research Center Book Award, which will be presented to author Paula J. Giddings for her critically-acclaimed biography, Ida: A Sword Among Lions (2008). For more information about the award, please see the Duke University Libraries’ announcement.
The Atelier@Duke panel discussions are free and open to the public. Please visit the conference’s website for registration and schedule information.
Post contributed by Jennifer Thompson, John Hope Franklin Research Center Librarian.
This month, we’ll be watching the “Pedagogy Panel.” The full list of speakers, which include RBMSCL Research Services Librarian Elizabeth Dunn, is available on the online symposium schedule. Desserts will be provided!
We’ll miss you if you can’t attend, but—just in case—videos for all three panels are also available online.
2009-2010 Mellon HBCU Fellows Rhonda Jones and Dirk Philipsen will bring together leading African American Studies scholars for the Franklin Humanities Institute‘s 2nd Annual HBCU Fellowship Program Symposium. The symposium will explore the relationship between education and democracy, from the history of student-led social movements like SNCC to the use of African American oral histories in civic education today.
Please register by e-mailing fhi(at)duke.edu by Friday, 9 April. A light dinner will be provided for participants in the 5:30 PM workshop, so please indicate in your e-mail if you plan to attend that session. Registration is free.
Date: Thursday-Friday, March 25-26, 2010 Time: please see schedule Location:Friedl Building, East Campus Contact Information:
This timely conference will bring together the worlds of social sciences and humanities research for a conversation about how the two can mutually benefit in improving our knowledge of race, inequality, and social difference. Speakers include Duke professors Mark Anthony Neal, Wahneema Lubiano, Dante James, Michael Hardt, and Lee Baker.
The conference is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register in advance. Public parking information and directions are also available here.
This month, the “Scholarship and Education” panel will be shown. The full list of speakers, which include University Librarian Deborah Jakubs, is available at the online symposium schedule. Desserts will be provided!
A viewing of the third panel has been scheduled for 23 April. Stop by The Devil’s Tale in the coming weeks for reminders and more information.
We’ll miss you if you can’t attend, but—just in case—the videos are also available online.
What does it mean to be an educated woman? Find out at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture’s 4th Biennial Symposium, held in honor of the 40-year career of Bingham Center co-founder and Duke University professor Jean Fox O’Barr.
Three conversational sessions focused on scholarship, pedagogy, and activism will explore this central question. Speakers will include Dr. O’Barr’s colleagues and former students, as well as librarians whose work relates to women’s education.
Friday evening’s keynote address (4:00 PM; White Lecture Hall, Duke University East Campus) will be given by Dr. Lisa Yun Lee, the Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago and the creator of the Jean Fox O’Barr Professorship at Duke University. Dr. Lee will explore the parallels between her studies as a feminist scholar at Duke and her work as the museum’s director.
As with the Bingham Center’s previous symposia, the theme emanates from a collection strength. The center’s holdings—described in this research guide—include printed materials and manuscripts including the papers of professional educators, schoolgirl diaries, and records of women’s schools and women’s educational organizations.
Information on registration, travel, and the symposium schedule can all be found online.
Post contributed by Rachel Ingold, Bingham Center Intern and Conservation Technician
Dispatches from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University