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Book Studies Concentration
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Book Studies events, deadlines, and other happenings of note


On June 18, 2016, Martin Antonetti left his position as Curator of Rare Books and Director of the Book Studies Concentration at Smith College to become Director of Distinctive Collections at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. The Book Studies Concentration will be ably shepherded by members of the Faculty Advisory Committee. The Acting Director for fall 2016 is Nancy Bradbury. Questions about the Book Studies may be directed to Barbara Blumenthal, administrative assistant for the Concentration, bblument@smith.edu.

Fall 2016


The Lure of Italy: Travel books and manuscripts from the Gundersheimer collection

Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library (third floor)

August 20-December 20, 2016

A selection of books and manuscripts from an Italian travel collection of nearly 600 titles presented to the Mortimer Rare Book Room in 2014 by Werner L. Gundersheimer, director emeritus of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Includes accounts of travel to Italy by English and American men and women from the 18th throught the 20th century.


Lecture by Werner Gundersheimer

Italia Mia: How English and American Travelers Made Italy Their Own

October 6, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

Browsing Room, Neilson Library

Reception afterwards in the Books Arts Gallery

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Smith College Libraries and the Mortimer Rare Book Room.


Presentation of the Concentration

October 19, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Mortimer Rare Book Room

Meet members of the Advisory Committee and current Book Studies students.

All questions cheerfully answered!


Deadline for Application to the Concentration

October 28, 2016 at 5 p.m.


McGrath Lecture in the Book Arts

Surrendering to the Book by Robin Price

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Browsing Room, Neilson Library

Reception afterwards in the Book Arts Gallery


Northampton Book & Book Arts Fair

December 2 & 3, 2016

Campus Center

Keynote speech (Browsing Room, Neilson Library) on December 2

by Ruth Rogers, Curator of Special Collections, Wellesley College


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.