Thursday, April 10, 2008

Paul Saenger, Rosenbach Lectures

surely relevant to the Jewish book:

The 2008 Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography

Paul Saenger, The Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

The Latin Bible as Codex

April 14: "Christian Versification"
April 15: "The Birth of Modern Chapters"
April 17: "The Printed Codex"

The distinguished scholar of medieval reading practices Paul Saenger
presents three lectures on the development of the medieval and early
printed Bible. Co-editor of the 1999 *The Bible as Book: The First
Printed Editions*, Saenger has also published *Space Between Words:
The Origins of Silent Reading* (1997) and the *Catalogue of the Pre-1500
Western Manuscript Books at the Newberry Library* (1989).

These lectures, free and open to the public, will start at 5:30 PM in
the Rosenwald Gallery, located on the 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich
Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Entrance to the Library
is from Locust Walk (just north of the statue of the broken button).

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Printing the Talmud exhibition: Yeshiva University

This exhibition sponsored by Yeshiva University has an impressive website:

Lehmann Workshop at Penn

The official deadline has past, but if you are interested in this, you should contact the Jewish Studies prgram at UPenn to see if space is still available:

The Manfred R. Lehmann Memorial Master Workshop in the History of the Jewish Book
The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Library and the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, are pleased to announce the eighth annual Manfred R. Lehmann Memorial Master Workshop to be held on May 11-12 (Sunday-Monday), 2008, at CAJS.

The subject of this year's Workshop will be From Manuscript to Print: Reading Colophons, Title Pages, and Other Paratexts. The workshop will be led by Professor Menachem Schmelzer of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Professor Schmelzer, former Director of the JTS Library, is one of the foremost experts on the Jewish book in the world. The two-day program will focus upon close readings of selected colophons in medieval Hebrew manuscripts, and title pages, authors' prefaces, printers' introductions, and approbations in books printed before 1700. Attention will be paid to the language of these paratexts, and to extracting the bibliographical, biographical, historical and textual information contained in them. The workshop will also cover the available bibliographical tools that can help in understanding and interpreting these texts as well as in utilizing them for scholarly purposes.

The workshop is open to professors and independent scholars, professional librarians in the field of Jewish and related studies, and graduate students in Jewish Studies. Attendance at previous workshops is not a prerequisite for admission.

Because much of the Workshop will be devoted to the reading of Hebrew texts like colophons, it is necessary that all participants be able to read non-vocalized Hebrew texts.

For faculty and professionals, tuition is $250. In addition to attendance and all materials for the workshop, the tuition includes two or three nights in a hotel (double-occupancy) for the nights of May 10 and 11 (with the option of May 9), and all meals and refreshments (all kosher) during the course of the workshop.

Graduate students may apply for a full scholarship to the workshop. N.B. To apply for the scholarship, a graduate student should write us giving the details of his or her academic program and a brief statement explaining how the workshop will further his or her academic studies. S/he should also ask a faculty advisor to write us a letter of recommendation on the student's behalf.

Attendance is limited. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please notify us immediately. Full payment and registration form must be received by March 15, 2008. Make checks payable to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania." Please address all correspondence to:

Lehmann Workshop
c/o Jewish Studies Program
711 Williams Hall
255 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

The Manfred R. Lehmann Memorial Master Workshop in the History of the Jewish Book has been made possible by a generous contribution from the Manfred and Anne Lehmann Foundation along with grants from Mr. Albert Friedberg, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Andrew H. Cohn, Esq. C'66, and the University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation.