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Italia Mia: How English and American Travelers Made Italy their Own
Werner Gundersheimer will present a lecture based on his collection of more than 600 published and manuscript travel narratives about Italy. Dr. Gundersheimer is director emeritus of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. Trained as an historian, his major field is Europe, 1300-1600, with special emphasis on Italian and French intellectual, social, and urban history. Smitten from his first visit to Italy in 1953, he started collecting the accounts of other travelers. In 2013 he donated this remarkable collection to the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
A selection of books and manuscripts from the collection are exhibited for the first time in "The Lure of Italy," Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library, Level 3 until December 20.
A reception will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
|Spinsters and Bachelors: Researching Singles in 20th Century America
Social historian Patricia A. Palmieri has spent years combing through diaries, letters, magazines, sex questionnaires and lonely hearts club records to uncover how society has viewed never-married singles and how they have interpreted their own lives. She also presents their contributions to American culture. Palmieri's research extends from the Gilded Age to present times.
Palmieri is the author of In Adamless Eden: The Communityof Women Faculty at Wellesley College, 1875-1930 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.) She holds a doctorate from the Harvard University, and has taught courses on U.S. women's and family history, American Studies, and Gender Studies at many colleges and universities.