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Spreading the Word: Books, Technology and Communication

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus East Gallery, Buell Hall



Jeffrey Freedman, Associate Professor of History, Yeshiva University

Carla Hesse, Dean of Social Sciences and Peder Sather Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

Richard John, Professor, Columbia Journalism School

Leah Price, Professor of English, Harvard University


In this conversation about book history and the media revolution, scholars consider how current transformations in the production, circulation and consumption of books map onto earlier historical periods.


In debates today, books are sometimes represented as organic objects under threat from new media technologies and the reading practices these foster. But to what extent do such contrasts between an idealized past and threatening present hold up to scrutiny?


Co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Franaise, Columbia University Libraries and the Department of English