Curator Talks Give Insider Look Into Library Special Collections

Early looks at campus through E.E. Barthell’s Lantern Slides

Join the Special Collections Library for fascinating talks this semester led by library librarians, archivists, and curators. Topics this fall will range from The History of the Tarot Card to Alchemy and Medicine. The talks take place weekly in the Central Library, Special Collections Reading Room on Wednesday mornings from 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 pm. The first Wednesday of each month will cover a topic directly related to a current exhibition.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information and a description of each talk, please click here.

 Date                  Topic

  • September 5          Vanderbilt Silver: Hallmarks, Regalia and a  Silver Spoon
  • September 12        History Under Glass: Vanderbilt History in the E.E. Barthell Collection
  • September 19        The Tarot: History and Symbolism
  • September 26        The Passion of William Morris: The Kelmscott Chaucer
  • October 3               The World Wars and their Impact on Vanderbilt
  • October 10             Brief History of Television Advertising
  • October 17             The South in 1960s Pulp Fiction Novels
  • October 24             Natural Magick, Alchemy, and Elixirs in Renaissance Medicine
  • October 31              Delineations of Devilry: Defining Demons and Witches 1500-1800
  • November 7            Fit to Print in Nashville: Nashville Journalists
  • November 14          Franz Rosenzweig and his ‘Star’
  • November 28          A Full House: Books about Cards and Gaming at Vanderbilt
  • December 5            Sold by: John Bell and British Bookselling in the 18th-19th centuries

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