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Conference: History of the Book: The Next Generation

     Drew University Caspersen School of Graduate Studies presents a

                Graduate Student Conference


                Saturday, September 16, 2000
                                 Madison, New Jersey
        Sponsored by the graduate programs in Modern History and Literature and
Book History at Drew University.

                   Special Guest Speakers:

     Elizabeth Eisenstein, Professor Emerita, University of Michigan
      Paul Levinson, Professor of Media Studies, Fordham

        This one-day conference will showcase the work of new scholars in book
history.  The importance of information exchange in our society has
motivated book historians to explore the methods and channels through which
that exchange takes place. In this conference, a new generation of scholars
addresses the intellectual, cultural, economic, and political issues at
play in the authorship, production, and distribution of ideas in print.
Scholars will examine such topics as copyright, suppression of
controversial material, authorial power, reader response, the impact of
digital media and the internet on publishing and readership, religious
texts, the book arts and the impact of paratextual material, the
literary marketplace, and fine artists' hand made books.  They will draw on
material from the Early Modern era to the present.  Participating scholars
will come from a variety of disciplines, including Library Science, English
literature, Intellectual and Cultural history, Religious history,
Philosophy, the Fine Arts, and Communications.

Important information if you plan on attending:

        This one-day event will take place in Mead Hall and the Learning Center on
the Drew University campus. All conference events are accessible.
Individuals needing special assistance should contact the Housing,
Conferences, and Hospitality office at 973.408.3103 at least five working
days prior to the conference to ensure proper arrangements are made.

        Group rates have been arranged with the Headquarters Plaza Hotel,
Morristown at: 800.225.1941 (from within N. J.) or 800.225.1942 (from
outside N. J.) Be sure to say that you are part of the History of the Book
conference group. For more information, visit their website at

        For program information and registration forms, visit our web site:
http://www.depts.drew.edu/gsadmis/area/bkhis/conference.html, or contact

        For information about Drew University's graduate program in Book History,
contact gradm@drew.edu or call 973-408-3110.

        This conference is made possible through a generous grant from the Gladys
Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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