Posts on September 2017
from Beyond the Reading Room

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.

Call for Papers | Mapping Austen’s World: Movement and Journeys in the 19th Century

Title page of Pride and Prejudice

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the Nineteenth Century Forum and the Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan invite interdisciplinary papers that explore movement, mapping, or the margins within the late-eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words to austenmaps@gmail.com by October 1st 2017. Please also include a paper title, your name, and institutional/departmental affiliation.

New Exhibit: Reforming the Word | Opening Lecture Next Week

Illustration of a religious figure defaced by sixteenth century reader with redrawn facial expression

Highlighting manuscripts and early printed books from the Special Collections Library, our new exhibit Reforming the Word: Martin Luther in Context commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Join us for an opening lecture by guest curator Professor Helmut Puff on Friday, September 15 at 4:30 P.M. in the Library Gallery.