CNY Humanities Corridor Visiting Scholars Brownbag Presentation

Philip LockleyPhilip Lockley (University of Oxford)
“Millenialism, Communalism and the Origins of Socialism: Transatlantic Theologies of Transformation Before 1848”

Brownbag Presentation: January 10, 2014 / Noon / Tolley 304 / SU Humanities Center

Between the1790s and 1840s, convictions about an approaching millennium and a strengthening religious impulse to communalism shaped significant elements of European and American Christianity. These developments had a complex yet compelling relationship with the earliest arguments for socialism expounded soon after on both sides of the Atlantic. Generations of scholars have viewed early socialism as a “secularized” Christian millennium; religious groups such as the Shakers and Harmony Society have, in turn, been seen as “utopian” forebears to “real socialism.” Such readings notably rely on simplistic understandings of millennialism, radical Protestant asceticism, and the secularism of socialism. How then should we make sense of the interactions between communal societies and socialist communities, between millennial ideas and transatlantic movements for dramatic social reform? This talk will explore this field with the help of theology: by considering the resonance of religious ideas and practices, can we make more sense of socialist hopes as they were imagined and realized before the revolutionary year of 1848?

Philip Lockley is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford. He received his doctorate in Modern History from Oxford in 2010. He is the author of Visionary Religion and Radicalism in Early Industrial England: from Southcott to Socialism (Oxford University Press, 2013)—a study of the dynamic relationship between popular millennial religion and forms of social radicalism in early nineteenth-century England. His next book will explore the role of religious ideas such as pietism, millennialism, and revivalism in the emergence of socialism in Britain, Germany, and the United States.

Remembering Grove: A Panel Discussion with Former Grove Press Employees – At the Palitz Gallery in New York City

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Reception: December 12, 2013 / 6:00-7:00pm / Palitz Gallery at Lubin House / 11 East 61st Street, New York City

Panel Discussion: December 12, 2013 / 7:00-8:30pm / Palitz Gallery at Lubin House / 11 East 61st Street, New York City

RSVP by December 5, 2013 to sulubin@syr.edu or 212-710-5583

Loren Glass, author of Counter-Culture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde, will moderate a panel discussion with former employees of Grove Press, including, Judith Schmidt Douw, Fred Jordan, Claudia Menza, Kent Carroll, and Herman Graf at Syracuse University’s Palitz Gallery in New York City.

This panel discussion is in conjunction with the exhibition Strange Victories: Grove Press 1951-1985 on view at the Palitz Gallery from November 18, 2013 to February 6, 2014.

About the exhibition:

Grove Press began as a small independent publisher on Grove Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1949. Under the direction of Barney Rosset, it grew into a multimillion-dollar company and one of the great publishing houses of the twentieth century, and, yet, it often struggled to survive.

From its role in the national censorship trials over the publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover through its dissemination of politically engaged works such as The Wretched of the Earth to its avant-garde and sometimes scandalous Film Division, Grove altered the American literary and film landscape. At the same time, the press aggressively deployed savvy marketing strategies seemingly at odds with its counterculture ethos, became embroiled in union battles and internal conflicts, and floundered despite its successes. Strange Victories offers a glimpse into the complex story of Grove’s many literary and political achievements, which continue to exert a profound influence on American culture today.

The materials on view in this exhibition all come from the Grove Press Records held at the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University. In 1969, Barney Rosset donated the Grove Press Records to Syracuse University. Since then, other Grove employees have donated additional materials to this important collection, which consists of over five hundred linear feet of original manuscripts, letters, photographs, and other archival materials. The collection has been made publicly available for research through the Syracuse University Libraries with the support of a Hidden Collections Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

PALITZ GALLERY
11 East 61st Street
New York City

Exhibition runs November 18, 2013 – February 6, 2014

Palitz Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Critical Connections lecture on Archigram by Dennis Crompton

Dennis CromptonDennis Crompton will present the L.C. Dillenbeck lecture, Roots: It’s All the Same at the Syracuse University School of Architecture on November 7 at 5 p.m. in Slocum Hall Auditorium. His talk is the third in this year’s Critical Connections Lecture Series organized by the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries.

Dennis Crompton was a member of the architectural collaborative group Archigram, which was established in London in 1961 and worked together until 1975. The group operated as an experimental think tank, producing a magazine, projects, models, exhibitions, and proposals that represented a shift in how architectural practice was considered, prioritizing processes and structures for living over the notion of architecture as commodity. The word Archigram is a combination of the words “architecture” and “telegram” and it was intended to convey a sense of urgency. Crompton, who has kept the group’s records from their earliest days and established the Archigram Archive in 1975, will discuss the Archigram Opera, first made in 1972.

Crompton will also present a companion mini-seminar on November 8 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Special Collections Research Center on the sixth floor of Bird Library. The mini‐seminar is free and open to the public, however advance registration is required. To register, contact Barbara Brooker at bbbrooke@syr.edu or at 315‐443‐9763.

Reconstructing Diderot: Eighteenth-Century French Bookbinding, A lecture in the Brodsky Series

PeacheyJeffrey S. Peachey, a book conservator, independent scholar, and toolmaker, will present an illustrated lecture in the Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation series entitled Reconstructing Diderot: Eighteenth-Century French Bookbinding on October 3 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library. The lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

In this image-driven, fast-paced overview of eighteenth-century French bookbinding, Peachey will examine the larger questions associated with the history of craft and material culture, the transmission of textual information, and, of course, the history of bookbinding. Book structures of the late eighteenth century represent one of the most radical transformations since the invention of the multi-section codex: by the mid-nineteenth century, the machine-made cloth case binding begins to dominate book structures. Peachey will illustrate the historical context of how these books were made and discuss physical evidence found in documentation by Denis Diderot, René Martin Dudin, and other sources. Peachey will give particular attention to the tools and techniques used to produce these bindings.

On Friday, October 4, Mr. Peachey will lead a daylong workshop on bookbinding. Although the workshop is fully enrolled, you may contact Barbara Brooker at bbbrooke@syr.edu or at 315‐443‐9763 to be placed on the mailing list for next year.

For more than 20 years, Peachey has specialized in the conservation of books and paper artifacts for institutions and individuals in the New York City region and nationally, as the owner of a New York City-based studio for the conservation of books. He is Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation, has served as Chair of the Conservators in Private Practice, and was recently awarded the Sherman Fairchild Conservation Research Fellowship at The Morgan Library & Museum. He is the inventor of the Peachey Board Slotting Machine, which is used in conservation labs around the world.

 

The Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation combines a public lecture with a hands-on workshop. Supported by William J. (65, G68) and Joan (67, G68) Brodsky of Chicago, Illinois, the series offers programs that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region.

Belfer Audio Archive to celebrate 50th anniversary with series of lectures and concerts

Belfer Audio Archive at 50The Belfer Audio Archive at Syracuse University will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of lectures, concerts, and film screenings from October 31 to November 2, 2013. Developed by a team of faculty, librarians, and members of the University community, the events will highlight the Belfer’s rich heritage and illuminate the importance of recorded sound to music-making in the twentieth century, and the legacy of those practices on music today.

Since its founding in 1963, the Belfer Audio Archive rapidly became a leader in sound re-recording and preservation technologies. The Archive now houses one of the largest collections of sound recordings in North America, with particular strengths in cylinders and discs up to 1970. With new leadership and an administrative home in Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, the Belfer Archive is becoming more fully integrated into the academic and cultural life of the University and the broader communities that it serves.

The anniversary celebration will explore a number of common themes.  The opening lecture, “Sound, Memory, and the Psychoanalytic Century” presented by Paul Théberge, sets out a primary focal point: how sound recording became the vehicle for a diverse range of public, cultural and individual memories, and, at the same time, how sound technologies in cinema have played a vital role in representing the experience of aberrant psychological states of mind.  The lecture will be followed by a double-feature screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound and Rebecca.

A seminar on Friday will explore the history of the Belfer Audio Archive itself, from its founding by Prof. Walter Welch to current research and scholarship that is being conducted in the Archive’s collections. Other events on day two include a Syracuse Symposium 2013 panel discussion with distinguished film music scholars who will explore how composers and producers have used sound technologies to create new ways of expressing psychological states, particularly in film scores by composers Miklos Rósza and Franz Waxman, and an SU Symphony Orchestra concert featuring Rósza’s Spellbound Concerto and Waxman’s Rebecca Suite, as well as a new work, Goodnight Moon, by SU composer Andrew Waggoner.

The final day features the renowned Kronos Quartet. First violinist David Harrington will converse with Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker, taking as a starting point how archival sounds documented in audio recordings intersect with the ensemble’s cutting-edge music-making. The series will conclude with a concert by this uniquely creative string quartet.

For more information and a full schedule of events, see http://belferat50.syr.edu.