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The Utopian Impulse: Lecture & Gallery Tour

"The Utopian Impulse: Constructing the Ideal in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America"

Wednesday, July 22, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Free and open to the public

Please join us for a lecture given by the curator, Mia Reinoso Genoni, Mellon Special Collections Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow. A reception will follow in the Memorabilia Room.

The lecture complements The Utopian Impulse, an exhibition on view in the Sterling Memorial Library Memorabilia Room until August 21, 2009. The utopian impulse is the desire to imagine or create a perfect society. Focusing on examples from the 15th through 18th centuries, this exhibition examines the many ways that Early Modern Europeans at home and abroad expressed the utopian impulse, seeking to fashion and explore new or "discovered" ideal societies, paradises lost and found, and perfect, harmonious built environments. Objects on view include architectural treatises and plans, utopian tracts, travel narratives, and maps of real and imagined places.

The Utopian Impulse is a collaboration across the collections of the Yale University Libraries, featuring works from the Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Library, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Manuscripts and Archives, the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, the Sterling Memorial Library general collections, and the Yale Map Department. The exhibition was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.