Programs & Exhibitions

Conferences, Seminars, and Symposia

The Lewis Walpole Library has sponsored or hosted several conferences, symposia, and seminars in New Haven and in Farmington focused on the eighteenth century.


Sacred Satire: Lampooning Religious Belief in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Friday, September 30, 2011
Misty Anderson, Associate Professor of English, University of Tennessee

Professor Anderson led a one-day seminar for Yale graduate students. The course explored satiric images of Dissenters, Methodists, and Roman Catholics, as well as established Anglican clergy. These irreverent, comic, and sometimes biting images of clergy and their congregations reveal the contested place of religion, both conforming and non-conforming, in eighteenth-century Britain. While satirical attacks on religion and the clergy reach back to antiquity, eighteenth-century graphic artists and their literary counterparts seized on anti-clerical themes with fresh vigor. This seminar examined a range of comic representations of corruption, hypocrisy, and greed that reflect the conflicts and tensions inherent in the challenge of incorporating old and new religious practices and beliefs into the British enlightenment.  

The course was offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Sacred Satire: Lampooning Religious Belief in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” curated by Professor Anderson with Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Lewis Walpole Library. The exhibition opened 22 September 2011.


Portrait Prints as History
Friday, 28 January 2011
Douglas Fordham, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, University of Virginia

A full-day seminar at the Lewis Walpole Library for Yale graduate students, held in conjunction with the exhibition “Illustrious Heads: Portrait Prints as History.

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Literary Techniques in popular scientific biography: A Writer's Experience
October 28, 2010
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven
Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder, led a seminar for Yale graduate students. The seminar included a presentation and discussion and was followed by a reception in the Beinecke Mezzanine.

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New Directions in Eighteenth-Century Studies
October 3, 2009
A small symposium was orgainzed by the Lewis Walpole Library to introduce non-Yale scholars in a variety of humanistic disciplines to the Library's collections and programs while discussing the ways in which the field of eighteenth-century studies has been evolving. Ann Bermingham, David Hancock, Paul Hunter, Joanna Innes, Jonathan Kramnick, Jayne Lewis, Deidre Lynch, Philippe Minard, Jennifer Pitts, Cynthia Wall, and Rachel Weil joined Steve Pincus, Margaret Powell, and Ruth Yeazell.

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Collections Collaborative: Print Metadata Seminar
January 25, 2008
A seminar held as part of the Library's involvement in the Collections Collaborative project to reach agreement upon common or compatible practices for descriptive and imaging metadata and to develop a metadata registry and a metadata application profile for Yale University.

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Parliaments, Peoples, and Power (1603-1800)
April 7–9, 2005
New Haven and Farmington
An International Conference exploring the realities and representations of parliaments and analogous institutions in the British Isles, Western Europe, Scandinavia, and North America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Cosponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Yale Center for British Art, the Lewis Walpole Library, and the Yale Center for Parliamentary History.

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Henry Fielding (1707-1754): An International Conference Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of His Death
October 8 and 9, 2004
on the Yale campus at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven.
Sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art and the Lewis Walpole Library

ACRL/RBMS pre-conference events
June 21, 2004
The Library hosted tours and a luncheon as part in the Pre-Conference program of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL in June.

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Country House Weekend
March 1-3, 2002
Held in Farmington to follow up the 2001 Yale Conference on Theatricality and Anti-Theatricality.

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Theatricality and Anti-Theatricality in the Eighteenth Century.
February 16-18, 2001
A conference sponsored by the Lewis Walpole Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art as part of Yale University's Tercentennial Celebration.

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Dryden (1631-1700) : a celebration
An international conference at Yale University
Friday, October 6, 2000

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Mme de Graffigny & French Epistolary Writers of the 18th Century
An International Symposium at Yale University, April 2-3, 1999. Sponsored by the Department of French, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Lewis Walpole Library

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Horace Walpole (1717-1797) Bicentenary Symposium
Held in conjunction with the exhibition, "The Bewigged Bard: Horace Walpole's Shakespeare"
October 17-19, 1997
New Haven and Farmington

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