Presentation of the Book Studies Concentration, October 18, 2017

Learn about the concentration and meet the faculty, Wednesday, October 18, at 5 p.m. in the Special Collections classroom, Young Library 201.

The Book Studies Concentration connects students with the exceptional resources of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection (part of Special Collections) and the wealth of book artists and craftspeople of the Pioneer Valley. Through classroom study, field projects and independent research, they learn about the history, art and technology of the "book," broadly defined to extend from oral memory to papyrus scrolls to manuscripts, printed books and digital media.

Book studies concentrators design capstone projects in a wide variety of areas that include medieval manuscripts, early and fine printing, book illustration, children's picture books, the book trade, artists' books, censorship, the history of publishing, the secrets of today's bestsellers, the social history of books and literacy, the history of libraries and book collecting, and the effects of the current digital revolution on the material book.


Nancy Bradbury