14th Annual Bibliography Week Lecture to Feature Mary Kelley


NEW YORK, January 10, 2008 The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Columbia University will hold its 14th annual Bibliography Week Lecture at 6:00 p.m. on January 22 in the Faculty Room at Low Memorial Library. The event will feature author Mary Kelley speaking on “'The Need of Their Genius': Women's Reading and Writing Practices in Early America.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Founded in March of 1805, the Gleaners, the first of hundreds of nineteenth-century women's literary societies, dedicated themselves to "meeting in this social way to search for truth." Reading and writing were collective enterprises within these literary societies and, as seen in the Gleaners, this commitment to collaboration had profound and far reaching consequences. The positions fashioned by the Gleaners concerning the rights and obligations of female citizenship not only informed their activities but also engaged them in a transatlantic discourse to which they made significant contributions and from which they drew insight.

A reception in the Rotunda will follow the lecture. For more information regarding this event, or to attend, please respond to cul-events@columbia.edu. Low Memorial Library is located at 535 West 116th Street (College Walk between Broadway and Amsterdam). The No. 1 subway train stops at the 116th Street and Broadway subway station. To view a listing of events, visit www.alumni.libraries.columbia.edu.

Mary Kelley is the Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture, and Women's Studies, and chair, Department of History, at the University of Michigan. Her fields of study focus on 19th and 20th century American intellectual history and women's history. She is the author of Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America’s Republic (Chapel Hill: Institute for Early American History and Culture, University of North Carolina Press, 2006). Her other works include The Portable Margaret Fuller (editor with a critical introduction), published by Viking/Penguin, and History of the Book in America Volume II: An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation from University of North Carolina Press (forthcoming, coeditor with Robert Gross).

Bibliography Week happens each year at the end of January in New York City when many of the principal national organizations devoted to book history—the American Printing History Association, the Bibliographical Society of America, the Grolier Club, among others—have their annual meetings. Other groups plan interesting events, too, and many of these are open to the public.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/ is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

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