Register Now | Mapping Austen’s World: Movement and Journeys in the 19th Century | January 19, 2018

Image of a couple in a horse drawn carriage. Mapping Austen's World: Movement and Journeys in the 19th Century. January 19, 2018

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the Nineteenth-Century Forum and the University of Michigan Library are excited to offer a one-day interdisciplinary conference on Friday, January 19, 2018, exploring movement, mapping, and margins within the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Attendance is free, but we ask that participants register by January 10, 2018, as space for some sessions is limited. A complimentary lunch will be served for those who register.

Spotlight on Conservation: The Novels of Jane Austen

Paint samples held up next two the yellow-brown spine leather, in order to match.

As Juli McLoone and Sigrid Cordell prepared for The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet (Nov. 20, 2017-March 30, 2018), a number of Jane Austen's novels were identified as being in need of conservation treatment. These included a two-volume, 1838 edition of The Novels of Jane Austen. These two volumes presented some condition concerns which Cathleen A. Baker Fellow Clara Huisman treated under the supervision of Conservation Librarian/Conservator Marieka Kaye.

New Exhibit: The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet | Opening Lecture Next Week

Illustration in shades of green and sepia showing a party of men and women in Regency dress walking along a path between hedgerows through a hilly countryside

Special Collections is pleased to announce the opening of The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet, a new exhibit in the Audubon Room. This exhibit commemorates the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death by exploring the historical context in which her characters lived. Join us for the opening celebration next week on Thursday, November 30th, 4:00-6:00pm in the Hatcher Gallery. Light refreshments will be served at 4:00pm and curators Juli McLoone and Sigrid Cordell will begin their lecture at 4:30pm.

Kip Thorne and Galileo Galilei

From left to right: Professors Keith Riles, Kip S. Thorne and Gregory Tarlé

Yesterday we were honored by the visit of Kip S. Thorne, the Feyman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at Caltech. Before delivering the twenty-sixth annual Ta-You Wu Lecture in Physics, Professor Thorne came to view one of the most remarkable artifacts held in the Special Collections Library: a single-leaf manuscript containing Galileo's own notes of his first observations of the moons of Jupiter in January 1610.

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