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[BKARTS] Anthony Grafton delivers the 2002 Dibner Library Lecture



Smithsonian Institution Libraries will hold the 2002 Dibner Library Lecture
on Tuesday, October 15th at 5:00 p.m. in the Carmichael Auditorium of the
National Museum of American History, Behring Center, located at 14th Street
& Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, DC.  This year's guest lecturer is
intellectual historian Dr. Anthony Grafton, renowned for his sparkling
accounts of the lives and scholarly pursuits of Renaissance era literati. At
the Smithsonian Libraries, Dr. Grafton will speak on 'Technica Curiosa:
Engineering and Magic in Early Modern Europe.'

About Smithsonian Libraries' Dibner Library Lecture Series~

Begun in 1992, the Dibner Library Lecture is held annually and features a
distinguished scholar, who has made significant contributions to his or her
field of study. Previous lecturers include, among other notables: Owen
Gingerich of the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Steven J.
Dick of the U.S. Naval Observatory, and Katherine Park of Harvard
University. The lecture is free and open to the public. Since 2000, the
Dibner Library Lecture has become available in published form. The fully
illustrated lectures are also posted online at:
http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/browse.htm


About the guest lecturer, Dr. Anthony Grafton ~

Dubbed 'the Alchemist of Erudition' by The Chronicle of Higher Education,
Anthony Grafton's essays and reviews appear regularly in The New York Review
of Books, The New Republic, and The American Scholar and have opened up the
world of classical scholarship to an expanded audience.

Author of over a dozen books and Professor of History at Princeton
University, Dr. Grafton focuses his scholarly attentions on the history of
the classical tradition, particularly during the Renaissance. He also
lectures on and writes about the history of science and the history of books
and readers. His most recent publication, entitled Bring Out Your Dead: The
Past as Revelation, released by Harvard University Press in January 2002,
looks at collaborative scholarly communities of the Renaissance era and the
ways in which their work with ancient texts contributed to a transformation
of the study of nature.

Further details about Dr. Grafton, including a list of publications and
several links to his essays, can be found on the Smithsonian Libraries' site
at:
http://www.sil.si.edu/Press/backgrounder-anthony-grafton.htm

For more information on the 2002 Dibner Library Lecture, please contact
Savannah Schroll at (202) 357-1522 or via email at schrolls@si.edu


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P.O.  Box 37012
NHB 24mz   MRC 154
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Tel: (202) 357-1522
Fax: (202) 786-2866
Email: schrolls@si.edu
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