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Anthony Grafton
Anthony Grafton

KNOXVILLE—What did it mean to read or write a book in the Middle Ages or the Renaissance? This question is at the heart of “Grounding the Book: Readers, Writers, and Places in the Pre-Modern World,” a symposium to be hosted on March 1 to 3 by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The symposium will be held in the Hodges Library auditorium.

The keynote address and all lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center parking garage.

Now in its tenth year, the symposium will feature a stellar line-up of specialists in the interdisciplinary field of book history who will explore the complex interaction between pre-modern writers and readers, their books, and the places—libraries, museums, monasteries, university classrooms, the courts of patrons—where they used them.

Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam Professor of History at Princeton University, will give the keynote address, “Reading Across Borders in Renaissance Europe,” at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 1. A reception will follow.

Hodges Library’s Special Collections will be open before and after the lecture for a public viewing of the exhibit “The Pre-Modern Book: Framing the word, framing the world.”

Sponsors of the symposium include the departments of History and Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Hodges Better English Fund, and Ready for the World, the university’s international and intercultural initiative.

For more information on the symposium, visit the Marco Institute website or call 865-974-1859.

C O N T A C T :

Charles Primm (865-974-5180,