Events Schedule

Upcoming Events

Check back soon for our 2017-2018 speaker schedule!

Past Events

Spring 2017

Harvard-Yale Graduate Conference in Book History
Friday, April 28, 2017
Harvard University
Download the full conference program: H-Y Conference 2017

Lecture Series

Zachary Lesser
“Ghosts, Holes, and Rips: The Pavier Quartos Re-examined”
Professor of English, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
January 18, 2017

Patricia Crain
“Reading Children: Literacy and the New Work of Nineteenth-century U.S. Childhood”
Associate Professor of English, Department of English, New York University
February 1, 2017

Tiffany Stern
“Playing Songs and Singing Plays: Ballads and Plays in the Time of Shakespeare”
Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London
March 29, 2017

Elizabeth McHenry
“Making Negro Literature: Literary Workspaces at the Margins of Print Culture”
Associate Professor of English, Department of English, New York University
April 19, 2017

Fall 2016

Inevitabilities of the Book
A Symposium of the Yale Program in the History of the Book
Friday-Saturday, September 9-10, 2016

Space is limited; please contact Andrew Brown ( to register. A detailed program and room locations will be provided in late August.

Keynote lecture
Inheritance, innovation, or inevitability?
The ancient table of contents at the dawn of print

Joseph Howley, Department of Classics, Columbia University
Friday, September 9, 2016, 5pm
Beinecke Library mezzanine

Symposium Panels
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9am – 5pm
Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St

Participants include: Rebekah Ahrendt (Department of Music, Yale University), Andrew Brown (Department of English, Yale University), Marijeta Bozovic (Slavic Languages & Literatures,  Yale University), Carol Chiodo (Digital Humanities Lab, Yale University), Gill Partington (Department of English and Humanities, Birbeck, University of London), David Scott Kastan (Department of English, Yale University), Meredith Neuman (Department of English, Clark University), Elika Ortega (Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, Northeastern University), Jessica Brantley (Department of English, Yale University), Jacqueline Wernimont (Department of English, Arizona State University)

Lecture & Seminar Series

Margreta de Grazia
Emerita Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg Professor of the Humanities, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
“Chronological Cruxes in the Shakespearean Canon”
Lecture, October 12, 2016; Seminar, October 13, 2016

Peter Blayney
Adjunct Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto
“Book-Piracy in the Reign of Mary Tudor”
Lecture, November 9, 2016; Seminar, November 10, 2016

Peter Stallybrass
Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
“What Is a Letter?”
Lecture, December 7, 2016; Seminar, December 8, 2016

Spring 2016

Harvard-Yale Book History Conference
Friday, April 29, 2016
Yale University, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, room 319
Download the full conference program: H-Y Conference 2016 Schedule
There is no conference fee, but registration is requested.

Lecture & Seminar Series

Lectures: Wednesdays, 5-6 PM, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, room 319
Seminars: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:45 PM, Beinecke Library temporary classroom at Sterling Memorial Library

Belinda Jack, Fellow and Tutor in French at Christ Church, University of Oxford
“What Can We Really Know? The History of the Book versus the History of Reading”
Lecture, April 6, 2015; Seminar, April 7, 2016

Jonathan Rose, Professor of History, Drew University
“Don’t Believe This Paper: A Doubtful History of Skeptical Reading”
Lecture, March 9, 2015; Seminar, March 10, 2016

Fall 2015

The Futures of Historicism
A Symposium of the Yale Program in the History of the Book
Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3, 2015

Lecture & Seminar Series

Joseph Dane, Professor of English, University of Southern California
“How Many Chaucerians Does It Take to Count to Ten? Horrors of the Obvious in Humanities Research”
Lecture, Oct. 28, 2015; Seminar, October 29, 2015

Stephanie Frampton, Assistant Professor of Classical Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Hitting up Herculaneum: Reading and Publishing Roman Graffiti in 2015”
Lecture, Dec. 9, 2015; Seminar, Dec. 10, 2015

Summer 2015

Harvard-Yale Book History Conference
Monday, May 4, 2015
Harvard University, Barker Center, room 133
Yale organizers: Andrew S. Brown (English) and Stephanie Ranks (English)
Yale presenters include: Melanie Chambliss (African-American Studies and American Studies), Kyle Dugdale (Architecture), Katherine Hindley (Medieval Studies), and Matthew David Larsen (Religious Studies)

Marginal Malone
Co-organized with the Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book
Friday, June 26, 2015
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford

Speakers include:  Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania), Arnold Hunt (King’s College, London), Clive Hurst (Bodleian Library), Ivan Lupić (Stanford), Bill Sherman (Victoria & Albert Museum), and Tiffany Stern (Oxford).

Organized by Stephen Bernard (University College, Oxford), Alexandra Franklin (Bodleian Library, Oxford), Kathryn James (Beinecke Library, Yale), and David Scott Kastan (Yale).

Attendance is free but registration is required.

Spring 2015

Lecture & Seminar Series

Lectures: Wednesdays at 4:30, Beinecke mezzanine
Seminars: Thursdays at 5:00, Beinecke room 38/39 (on lower level)

Mordechai Levy-Eichel
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Yale University
“‘Good and Useful Learning’: The Expansion of Mathematics in Early Modern English Printing”
Seminar, Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cathleen Baker, Conservation Library and Adjunct Lecturer, University of Michigan, & Caleb Smith, Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University
“The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict”
Lecture, Wednesday, February 4, 2015; Seminar, Thursday, February 5, 2015

Kathy Peiss, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania
“Information in Wartime: American ‘Bookmen’ and their Acquisitions in World War II”
Lecture, Wednesday, March 4, 2015; Seminar, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Alexandra Gillespie, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto
“Chaucer in Fragments: Collating The Canterbury Tales”
Lecture, Wednesday, April 15, 2015; Seminar, Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fall 2014

Symposium, Time and the Book
Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, 2014

Lecture & Seminar Series

Lectures: Wednesdays at 4:30, Beinecke mezzanine
Seminars: Thursdays at 5:00, Beinecke room 38/39 (on lower level)

Henry Woudhuysen, Rector, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
“Adulteration and Vampment: The ‘Improvement’ of Rare Books, 1750-1950”
Lecture, Wednesday, October 1, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, October 2, 2014
These events are co-sponsored by the Renaissance Colloquium, Department of English

Blair Hedges, Professor and Director, Center for Biodiversity, Temple University
“Wormholes and the Science of Prints”
Lecture, Wednesday, November 5, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, November 6, 2014

Garrett Stewart, James O. Freedman Professor of Letters, Department of English, University of Iowa
“Codex 2.0: Turning the Conceptual Page”
Lecture, Wednesday, December 3, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, December 4, 2014


Symposium, Structures of Meaning in the History of the Book
Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, 2013

Leslie Howsam, “Mediated Histories: How Victorian Periodicals Parsed the Past”
Lecture, Wednesday, October 2, 2013; Seminar, Thursday, October 3, 2013

Randall McLeod, “De motu cordis textus”
Lecture, Wednesday, November 6, 2013; Seminar, Thursday, November 7, 2013

Peter Kornicki, “Sins of Omission: What the Publishers’ Catalogues of Edo-period Japan Left Out”
Lecture, Wednesday, December 11, 2013; Seminar, Thursday, December 12, 2013

Elizabeth Frengel, “When Extra-Literary Becomes Literary: The Endpaper Maps of E.H. Shepard and Jules Feiffer”
Seminar, Thursday, January 23, 2014

Marc Michael Epstein, “Book Arts and the Expansion of the Methodological Toolbox for the Study of Medieval Judaism”
Lecture, Wednesday, February 12, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, February 13, 2014

Timothy Barrett, “Papermakers Who Made Parchment: Product Innovation in 14th- and 15th-Century European Papermaking”
Lecture, Wednesday, March 5, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, March 6, 2014

Jessie Ann Owens, “From Concept to Printed Book: The Genesis and Manufacture of Thomas Morley’s 1597 Music Treatise”
Lecture, Wednesday, April 9, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, April 10, 2014


Michael Warner, “Preachers and Publics”
Lecture, Wednesday, October 10, 2012; Seminar, Thursday, October 11, 2012

Robert Darnton, “Blogging, Now and Then (250 Years Ago)”
Lecture, Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012; Seminar, Thursday, October 25, 2012*
Seminar details: 9-10:30 am, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, room 319, 63 High Street

David Brewer, “The Ancien Régime of Authorial Names”
Seminar, Thursday, December 13, 2012
Cosponsored by the 18th- and 19th-Century Colloquium, Department of English

Aaron T. Pratt, “Buying Playbooks in Early Modern England”
Seminar, Thursday, January 17, 2013

Roger Chartier, “Author’s Hand and Printer’s Mind in Early Modern Europe”
Lecture, Wednesday, February 6, 2013; Seminar, Thursday, February 7, 2013

Elizabeth Eisenstein, Reactions to a New Medium in the Old Millenium
Lecture, Wednesday, March 6, 2013; Seminar, Thursday, March 7, 2013

Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Track Changes: The Literary History of Word-Processing”
Seminar, Thursday, April 25, 2013

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