Tricky Treatise: inaugural talk of the Occasional Series in Special Collections

Special Collections hosted Tricky Treatise: Malleus Maleficarum (the Hammer of Witches) and European Witch Hunting. This event was the first of many presentation of the Occasional Series in Special Collections. Held on Tuesday, October 28 more than twenty campus faculty, community members, students, and library members attended the presentation given by Beth Kilmarx and Richard Mackenney, Professor of History. Beth Kilmarx discussed the the historical backdrop of the treatise and its publishing history. Dr. Mackenny discussed the effect the book on Europe, and how the witch hunts were mostly concentrated in the Alpine regions of Germany. After the presentation, there were many questions which led to a lively discussion period. The next event, Good-bye to All That: the First World War and the End of an Era, will be held on Tuesday, November 11 at 11:01 -12:31 in Special Collections. Beth Kilmarx and Dr. Mackenney will present their papers which will be followed by a discussion.

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Department of English: 2014 Miriam Leranbaum Memorial Lecture

Bust of Jonathan Swift Memorial to Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) in St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. © Copyright Philip Halling

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Memorial to Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. © Copyright Philip Halling

Helen Deutsch, professor of English from the University of California, Los Angeles, will lecture on “Disability, Irony, Untimeliness: The Lateness of Jonathan Swift” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Room 2320, Special Collections Reading Room located on the second floor of the Bartle Library.

Interested students and faculty are also invited to attend a special lunchtime seminar with Deutsch at noon Friday, Oct.31. For more information, special accommodations or seating requests, contact John Havard via e-mail.

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Scary Good Rare Books: Tricky Treatise Event in Special Collections

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An Occasional Series in Special Collections

Tricky Treatise: Malleus Maleficarum
(The Hammer of Witches) and European Witch Hunting

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Huppe Reading Room
Special Collections
Bartle Library

Presentation and discussion led by
Beth Kilmarx, Curator of Rare Books and
Richard Mackenney, Professor of History

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Talk to explore early-American encounters with extreme weather

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Historian Sam White, assistant professor of history, Ohio State University, will speak about “Shewing the difference betweene their conjuration, and our invocation on the name of God for rayne: Weather, Prayer and Magic in Early American Encounters” from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in LN-1106, IASH Conference Room.

The talk will explore early-American encounters with extreme weather of the Little Ice Age and the struggle of Christians and their native hosts for supernatural influence over the weather. White will offer insights into the mental world of early settlers and Native Americans, and the challenges both faced from Little Ice Age extremes. White has published widely on the Little Ice Age and its influence on human history.

The event is hosted by the Department of History and is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Environmental Studies Program.

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VizCult talk to focus on art commemorating ties between France and Siam

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The Department of Art History invites the campus to another talk in the Harpur College Speaker Series in Visual Culture. Meredith Martin, associate professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, will speak at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in FA-218, on “Imperial Reflections: Art, Diplomacy and Exchange between France and Siam, 1680s through 1860s.” The talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian and Asian-American Studies and the University Art Museum. Go online for the abstract and for more information about VizCult.

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Harpur Cinema Visiting Artist Series features alumna

“Daredevils,” an 85-minute film by Stephanie Barber, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in LH-6. A portrait of risk and language, “Daredevils” presents the experimental narrative of a writer as she interviews a well-known artist and feels the reverberations of their discussion throughout her day. Visually spare, still and verbose, the video considers three formal handlings of language —a dialog, two monologues and a song.

Stephanie Barber, a Cinema Department alumna, is an American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Her films and videos have has been screened nationally and internationally in solo show and group shows at MOMA, N.Y.; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, Minn.; MOCA Los Angeles and The Wexner Center for Art, Ohio, among other galleries, museums and festivals.

Sponsored by the Cinema Department and the Harpur College Dean’s Speaker Series. The screening is free and open to the public.

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Huntington archivist finds historic piece of China’s largest book

Pages from section 10,270 of the Yongle Encyclopedia, 1562-1567, recently discovered among the stacks at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens).

Pages from section 10,270 of the Yongle Encyclopedia, 1562-1567, recently discovered among the stacks at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens).

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced Thursday that it has portions of a rare and important Chinese manuscript called the Yongle Encyclopedia — with 11,095 volumes, the largest book ever written in China.

The book was commissioned by the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty in 1403 in an attempt to gather in one place a broad range of Chinese knowledge, including astronomy, geography, medicine, religion, technology and art.

In 1562, years after the Yongle Emperor’s death, the Jiajing Emperor commissioned 109 scribes to transcribe the entire encyclopedia as a backup copy. It took them five years to complete the work.

“That was the only copy made,” Yang said. “Eventually the original copy disappeared, and there is lots of speculation about what happened.”

No conclusive evidence of its fate ever emerged.

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British Library brings all four Magna Carta manuscripts together for the first time in history

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There are only four original Magna Carta documents from 1215 which survive. Two are kept at the British Library, one at Lincoln Cathedral and one at Salisbury Cathedral. Now, for the first time in history these manuscripts will all be in the same place.

For one day only on 3rd February 2015, the British Library, Lincoln Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral are inviting 1,215 people to come and experience the four Magna Carta manuscripts side by side as part of a special event at the British Library.

Winners of the ballot will be given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view the four 800 year old manuscripts, and will also be given a special introduction to the history and legacy of the Magna Carta from historian and TV presenter Dan Jones.

The ballot to win tickets to attend is available at www.bl.uk/magna-carta. It is free to enter and will remain open until 31 Oct, after which the winners will be selected at random.

This unification event will kick-start a year of celebrations happening across the UK and the world to mark the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Magna Carta.

Following the event, the four Magna Carta manuscripts will be separated for display in their home institutions as part of major anniversary exhibitions in 2015: the British Library will host ‘Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy’ from 13 March-1 September, Salisbury Cathedral will open their new permanent exhibition ‘Magna Carta – The Power of Words’ from February, and Lincoln Cathedral’s Magna Carta will take pride of place in a new Magna Carta Vault at Lincoln Castle opening on 1 April.

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Call for Papers! Authority and Materiality in the Italian Song Book

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Send abstracts and brief CVs by December 1, 2014 to cemers@binghamton.edu. Inquiries may be directed to Professors Olivia Holmes (oholmes@binghamton.edu) or Paul Schleuse (schleuse@binghamton.edu).

Supported by grants from the Material and Visual Worlds Transdisiplinary Area of Excellence of Binghamton University and the SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines program for “Intercampus Scholarly Conferences.”

For more information see http://conferences.cemers.info

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Homecoming 2014: University Libraries Special Collections Tour at Bartle Library, Friday October 17

Treat yourself to medieval manuscripts…early editions of major authors…fascinating modern manuscripts… and gems from the University’s Archives. Hold in your hands the smallest book in our library and turn the pages of its oldest! Learn how accessible these amazing resources are and how they can elevate and inspire your Binghamton University experience. Join us Friday, October 17 from 2-3 pm or 3-4 pm as we explore what’s so “special” about Special Collections! You can find us on the 2nd floor of Bartle Library or look for the signs!

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