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Upcoming E-Reader Events

In a world of e-books, e-readers, and changes in reader behaviors and expectations, Yale University Library is pleased to present two lectures and one workshop that will explore the changing landscape of digital reading and literature. All events are free and open to the public.

"A Scholar Gets a Kindle and Starts to Read"

James J. O'Donnell
Provost & Professor of Classics, Georgetown University
Thursday, April 1, 4:30 p.m. (not 4:15 p.m. as previously advertised)
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street

E-books promise a lot: what do they deliver for the serious scholarly reader? This talk will include no kvetching about funny keyboards, no technophobia, and no vague generalizations. Professor O'Donnell will explore the ways an e-book device can support scholarly reading, can challenge it to change for the better, and sometimes can thwart it outright. He thinks he's discovered something about Jeff Bezos.

James J. O’Donnell has been Provost of Georgetown University since 2002. He is a distinguished scholar of Classics, recognized innovator in the application of networked information technology in higher education, and the author of seven books.

Teaching w/Technology Tuesday: Kindles

Jessica Brantley & Jessica Pressman
Department of English, Yale University
Tuesday, April 6, 12:00 noon
Bass Library L01

A new Yale College seminar being taught this semester, “Medieval Manuscripts to New Media: Studies in the History of the Book,” invites undergraduate students to explore how contemporary digital literary culture intersects with medieval manuscript culture—and can challenge preconceptions about print culture both past and present. Co-taught by Professors Jessica Brantley and Jessica Pressman, the course calls on a variety of technologies to help students find new ways of reading and interpreting medieval and contemporary texts and to inform their own creative and critical processes.

Using manuscripts, Kindles, archives, and digital software, students are asked to conduct close readings and innovative analyses of medieval and digital texts. This session will focus on the use of Kindles to support this innovative course and how this new technology has affected student engagement and learning.

“Bookishness and Digital Literature”

Jessica Pressman
Assistant Professor of English, Yale University
Thursday, April 29, 4:00 p.m.
Beinecke Lectures in the History of the Book
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street

Jessica Pressman’s work pursues connections across literary experiments from the 20th and 21st centuries and across media forms. She is interested in how technologies affect our understanding of literature, both in terms of aesthetics and reading practices. Her first book project, Digital Modernism: Making it New in New Media, reads contemporary works of digital literature in relation to literary modernism. Her current research focuses on how 21st-century literature—both in print and online— responds to the threat of an increasingly paperless and multimodal society.