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Library Lecture Series
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 89.  Wednesday, 17 February 1993.
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Feb 1993 12:53:01 -0500
Subject:        Library Lecture Series
 
1993 ROSENBACH AND GATES LECTURES
 
          In March, the University of Pennsylvania Library sponsors
two lecture series.  Both are free and open to the public.
 
 
                ROSENBACH LECTURES IN BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
          The first announcement repeats an announcement already
made.  JAMES N. GREEN, Curator of Printed Books at The Library
Company of Philadelphia, will present the 1993 ROSENBACH LECTURES IN
BIBLIOGRAPHY on Tuesday, March 16, Thursday, March 18, and Tuesday,
March 23.
 
          Speaking about "BOOK PUBLISHING IN EARLY AMERICA," Mr.
Green first discusses "Colonial Beginnings:  Benjamin Franklin and
Robert Bell."  His second lecture concerns "The Transformation of
the 1790s:  Mathew Carey and Mason Locke Weems."  His third, en-
titled "Charvat Reconsidered:  Literary Publishing to 1825," looks
anew at the views on this subject of an older Rosenbach Fellow.
Lectures will be held in the Lessing J. Rosenwald Gallery on the
sixth floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library (3420 Walnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106-6206; enter the Library from Locust Walk).
They will start at 5:30 P.M.  Receptions will follow.
 
          Mr. Green has published widely on the early American book
trade.  He is both a contributor and an advisor to the collaborat-
ive history of the book in America, in progress at the American
Antiquarian Society in Worcester, and to the history of the book in
Britain, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.  He has
served two terms as President of the American Printing History
Association and is a Member of the Council of the Bibliographical
Society of America.  He has also served the American Library Asso-
ciation and The New-York Historical Society.  A graduate of Oberlin
College, his advanced degrees come from Columbia and Yale Univer-
sities.  In addition to his duties at The Library Company, Mr.
Green teaches courses in the art and history of the book at the
University of the Arts.
 
 
                        GATES LECTURES
 
          At almost exactly the same time, ALAN SINFIELD, Professor
of Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex in Brighton, Eng-
land, will deliver the 1993 GATES LECTURES.
 
          Professor Sinfield's lectures, intended (like the Rosen-
bach Lectures) for eventual publication, are on the general topic
of "CULTURAL POLITICS."  He will speak on Monday, March 15
("Shakespeare and Subordinate Reading"), Wednesday, March 17 ("Art
as Cultural Production"), Friday, March 19 ("Un-American Activit-
ies:  Tennessee Williams and Manliness"), and Monday, March 22
("Lesbian and Gay Subcultures:  Reading the Truest Poetry").  His
lectures will also be presented at 5:30 P.M. in the Rosenwald Gal-
lery (6th floor) of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.
 
          A pioneer in the field of cultural studies, Mr. Sinfield
is a prominent literary scholar.  He works mainly on Shakespeare
and the modern institutions that help produce him; post-1945 Brit-
ish politics and culture; early modern culture, especially Protes-
tantism; lesbian and gay cultures; and Tennyson and poetic lan-
guage.  He has been involved in controversy around "cultural
materialism," a movement in English studies that stresses the
political implications of literary writing; and as convenor of an
M.A. program featuring lesbian and gay studies, "Sexual Dissidence
and Cultural Change."  His most recent book, *Faultlines* (pub-
lished last year in the United States by the University of Califor-
nia Press) deals with many of the themes, literary and political,
which have occupied his attention during his enormously productive
scholarly and public life.  It elicited a review in the *Sunday
Telegraph* by an Oxford don asking "Why should public money pay for
Professor Sinfield?"
 
          The Gates Lectures honor the memory of Thomas Sovereign
Gates, Jr.  Mr. Gates was Secretary of the Navy and later of
Defense during the administration of President Dwight Eisenhower.
He later served President Gerald Ford as Liaison (with the rank of
Ambassador) to the People's Republic of China.  His papers are held
by the Department of Special Collections.  Previous speakers in
this series have included President Ford and David Eisenhower.
 
          Like the Rosenbach Lectures, the Gates Lectures are
administered by the University of Pennsylvania Library.
 
 
 
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