SPRING 2013 EVENTS
Event: Rare Book Collection Recent Acquisitions Evening
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
5:00 Reception | 5:30 Book Display, Grand Reading Room, Wilson Library
A not-under-glass display of additions to the Rare Book Collection from the past two years, including: the first printed book by the first feminist of the New World; the first edition of Galileo's last book; an original sketchbook with poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (UNC A.B. 1941); William Wordsworth's letters; Victorian novels; Latin American periodicals; twentieth-century fine press volumes; and more!
Event: Nowruz Persian New Year Celebration
Monday, March 18, 2013
5:45 Reception and exhibit viewing | 6:30 Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
Celebrate the Persian New Year and the growing Persian studies collection with food, music, and remarks by faculty and communtiy members. Participants will include members of the UNC Persian Cultural Society of North Carolina. An exhibit of select rare and recently acquired Persian library materials will be on display.
Exhibition: The Encyclopedic Impulse
February 27, 2013 -- May 26, 2013
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room, Wilson Library
Volumes from the Rare Book Collection document the human impulse to collect and organize knowledge in a single bibliographic entity--from the Middle Ages to the recent past--on the occasion of the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of Denis Diderot, editor and principal author of the great eighteenth-century knowledge project, the Encyclopédie.
Lecture: From Alexandria to Google: The Mythic Quest for Universal Libraries
February 27, 2013
5:00 Reception | 5:30 Program, Wilson Library
Ken Hillis--UNC Professor of Media and Technology Studies and coauthor of the recent book Google and the Culture of Search--historicizes the centuries-old desire for total encyclopedic knowledge, tracing Google's quest to organize the world's information through a lineage of mathematicians and metaphysicians, from the ancient atomists to medieval polymath Ramón Llull to science fiction writer H.G. Wells. This lecture is in conjunction with the Rare Book Collection exhibition, The Encyclopedic Impulse.