Understanding the Medieval Book

The University of South Carolina will present a seminar on “Understanding the Medieval Book” in Columbia, SC on April 4 – 5, 2011 led by world-renowned scholar Dr. Christopher de Hamel. Dr. de Hamel will also give two public lectures during his stay in Columbia. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant in August 2010.

The seminar “Understanding the Medieval Book” will last from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5 and will accommodate 30 participants for a hands-on study of medieval manuscripts in the University of South Carolina’s collection. The seminar leader is Dr. Christopher de Hamel, a world authority on medieval manuscripts and currently the Donnelly Fellow Librarian at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and Lecturer in History at Cambridge University. The registration for this seminar is full.

Dr. de Hamel will also give two public lectures that will accommodate larger audiences. On Monday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m., Dr. de Hamel will speak on “The History of the Medieval Bible” at the University of South Carolina’s Hollings Library, and he will lecture on “The Illuminated Book of Hours and the Medieval Imagination” on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art.

For more information about these programs, please contact Dr. Scott Gwara at 803-777-2094.

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Image: USC, Hollings Library Early MS 115, “The Breslauer Bible,” ca. 1240 (opening of Hosea)