Curator Lecture Series to Feature Amy Heinrich Speaking on Illustrated Japanese Books
NEW YORK, November 6, 2008 As part of the “Curators at Home” Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Columbia Libraries, Dr. Amy V. Heinrich, director of Columbia University’s C. V. Starr East Asian Library will give a talk entitled “Illustrated Japanese Books in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library: Traditional Formats and Modern Interpretations.” The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, in Butler Library Room 523 and is free and open to the public.
Dr. Heinrich will discuss the long history of combining image and text in Japanese books, and how past practices have informed current interpretations. She will touch on ways different audiences in new eras have received evolving forms of illustrated books.
Amy V. Heinrich has been at the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University for twenty-one years, and its Director for eighteen. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 1980, and is the author of Fragments of Rainbows: The Life and Poetry of Saitō Mokichi, 1882-1953 (Columbia University Press, 1983) and editor of Currents in Japanese Culture: Translations and Transformations (Columbia University Press, 1997), and has published widely on library issues as well as in literature. She served as the founding Chair of the North American Coordinating Committee on Japanese Library Resources (NCC, 1991-94), Vice Chair of the Japan-US Friendship Commission (2001-2007), and on several other library and academic national and international committees.
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