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Book Studies Concentration
News & Events

Book Studies events, deadlines, and other happenings of note


The Acting Director of the Concentration is Nancy Bradbury. Questions about Book Studies may be directed to Barbara Blumenthal, administrative assistant for the Concentration, bblument@smith.edu.


Book Studies Concentration Gateway Course

BKX 140J: Perspectives on Book Studies

January 9-13, 2017, 9-noon

The gateway course (not just for Concentrators) presents the major foci of the concentration: the manufacture, publication, distribution, reception, and survival of the book. The course is directed in January 2017 by Nancy Bradbury and is taught by a rotating roster of members of the advisory committee, supplemented by faculy at the four other area colleges and by book studies and book arts practitioners in the Valley. This course requires the permission of the instructor.



Lecture by Sam Ellenport, bookbinder & historian

"Classics and the Information Revolution of the Late 15th Century"

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5 pm    

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge (3rd floor), AMHERST COLLEGE

Sponsored by the Amherst College Classics Department



Symposium at UMass Amherst

Canons & Contingence: Art Histories of the Book in England & America

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Free and open to the public, but registration is required




Celebrating Collaborations

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Seniors in the Book Studies Concentration will present their fall 2016 senior capstone projects during the campus-wide Collaborations day. More information forthcoming about time and place.


Annual Enid Mark Lecture on Contemporary Book Arts & Poetry

"Good Cop, Bad Cop: Matisse and His Publishers"

Illustrated talk by John Bidwell, Astor Curator of Printed Books & Bindings at the Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum, New York City

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 4 pm

Browsing Room, Neilson Library

Reception to follow

This annual lecture is in memory of book artist and publisher Enid Epstein Mark, Smith College class of 1954. The event is co-sponsored by Mortimer Rare Book Room.


McGrath Lecture in the Book Arts

Fall 2017

Date and speaker TBD

This annual lecture honors the memory of Harold P. McGrath, master printer and generous teacher for generations of book arts practitioners in the Valley.




For further information

For information on any of these events, or for help in applying to the concentration, contact Barbara Blumenthal, the adminstrative assistant, at x2906 or bblument@smith.edu.