The Yale Program in the History of the Book brings together scholars across disciplines to explore the materiality of the written word over time and across cultures.  A collaboration between Yale’s Department of English and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, it offers seminar meetings for the Yale community and a series of public lectures by speakers across the field of book history. We also host a symposium each fall.

The Program is organized by David Scott Kastan, Co-Chair (George M. Bodman Professor of English Literature, Yale Department of English); Kathryn James, Co-Chair (Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts & the Osborn Collection, Beinecke Library); and Aaron T. Pratt (Ph.D. candidate, Yale Department of English).

Information on the time and location of individual events can be found on the Program Schedule; events are usually located in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, at 121 Wall Street in New Haven, Connecticut.  Lectures take the form of a forty-five minute talk followed by brief Q&A, and each seminar meeting provides an opportunity for discussion centered on a pre-circulated paper. To be added to the Program list and receive seminar readings, please contact Aaron Pratt (aaron.pratt@yale.edu).

Questions?  Please contact Aaron T. Pratt (aaron.pratt@yale.edu) or Kathryn James (kathryn.james@yale.edu). You can also find us on Twitter, where we post updates and sometimes live tweet our events: @yalebookhistory.

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