CNY Humanities Corridor Visiting Scholars Brownbag Presentation

Jeanelle HopeJanelle Hope (Syracuse University)
“Seeking Poetic Justice: Positioning Black Women and Queer Identifying Into the Black Power Historical Narrative”

Brownbag Presentation: February 7, 2014 / Noon / Tolley 304 / SU Humanities Center

The Black Power era historical narrative is especially male dominated, androcentric, and primarily comprised of biographies, autobiographies, and traditional archival materials.  Thus, there is little room for the voices of women, queer identifying, and other marginalized groups. Scholars have begun to recognize this gap and have started creating a space for the history, stories, and voices of those groups. However, the few contributions that have been made continue to heavily rely on traditional research methods and sources of authentic knowledge. Poetry and performance qualitative research present an alternative way in which we can insert the voices of Black women and queer identifying men and women from the era into the historical narrative, as poetry and other artistic avenues were often spaces in which their voices were safe, respected, maintained, and often better appreciated. Therefore, it is essential to analyze and include these pieces into the history in order to better understand the totality of the Black Power era. In doing so, those marginalized within this history now have a rightful place within the narrative and simultaneously the argument and claim for the legitimacy of poetry as knowledge and a research method is reasserted. Overall, this work seeks to help reframe the understanding of the Black Power era by examining poetry by Black women and Black queer identifying men and women.

Jeanelle Hope is a native of Oakland, California; she completed her undergraduate studies at California State University, Long Beach, earning a B.A. in History and Africana Studies. Currently, she is a graduate student and Teaching Assistant at Syracuse University working toward her M.A. in Pan African studies. Jeanelle’s ongoing thesis project is centered on interracial activism between African Americans and Asian Americans in the Bay Area during the Black Power era and the role of women within radical organizations of the period, specifically within the Black Panther Party and Chinese Red Guard. Much of her work takes a Black feminist approach and seeks to uncover the voices of women through oral history and archival research.



Critical Connections Public Lecture and Mini-Seminar

Zeynep Celik AlexanderZeynep Çelik Alexander (University of Toronto)
“A Minor History of Non-Reading”

Public Lecture: January 30, 2014 / 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Peter Graham Scholarly Commons / Bird Library

Mini-Seminar: January 31, 2014 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon / Special Collections Research Center / Bird Library

(Both events are co-sponsored by Syracuse University’s School of Architecture. They are free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required for the mini-seminar. To register, contact or call 315-443-2697)

Zeynep Çelik Alexander is an architectural historian whose work focuses on the history of modern architecture since the Enlightenment with an emphasis on German modernism. She is currently completing two projects: a book titled An Epistemological History of Aesthetic Modernism and a co-edited volume exploring the histories of technologies that have come to dominate contemporary design disciplines. Alexander’s writings have appeared in several edited volumes as well as in journals including Harvard Design Magazine, Grey Room, Journal of Design History, and Centropa. She is a member of Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative and an editor of the journal Grey Room.

“A Minor History of Non-Reading”

Countless contemporary observers have noted that in the age of digital media skimming, scanning, browsing, and watching may have rendered close reading obsolete. Yet such claims about the disappearance of reading —accompanied as often with uncritical enthusiasm as with unwarranted anxiety—are not new. This paper attempts to understand the epistemological implications of such claims by returning to early-twentieth-century Germany where a peculiar kind of reading, dubbed “non-reading,” emerged. Non-reading was neither illiteracy nor reading in-depth: it was a technique of engaging with a text without using the hermeneutic practices that had been a crucial part of German education since the early nineteenth century. The modernist picture book became a primary site for the practice of non-reading. In books by Paul Schultze-Naumburg, Max Dvorak and Heinrich Wölfflin (and later by Sigfried Giedion, Le Corbusier, and Colin Rowe) images with strikingly similar formal qualities were juxtaposed as example and counter-example so that the non-reader could switch her gaze back and forth between the two images until she could reach the correct judgment. Those who used the comparative method—in books as well as in other pedagogical settings at museums, design schools, and universities—shared an assumption about the kind of knowledge inherent in this analogical reasoning. If Wissen, knowledge associated with conscious thought and language, had been at the heart of nineteenth-century institutions of learning in Germany, the comparative method was put to use with faith in Kennen, corporeal knowledge assumed to be the result of inferences drawn unconsciously from aesthetic sensations. This paper traces the brief life of non-reading in turn-of-the-century books, slides, mass-produced prints and photographs with an eye on its long afterlife in twentieth-century modernism.

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


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 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.

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 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 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

Lecture and seminar related to Libraries’ Audubon exhibition

irmscher-sliderChristoph Irmscher, Professor of English at Indiana University at Bloomington, will present the lecture, Lives of the Birds: Audubon and the Problems of Scientific Biography. The lecture will be held on September 5 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library. It directly precedes the opening of the Libraries’ fall exhibition, John James Audubon and the American Landscape.

Audubon’s colorful life, which took him from Haiti to France to the United States, has attracted almost as much attention as his life-sized portraits of birds engaged in all sorts of spectacular activities. Drawing on Audubon’s own representations of the lives of birds, in his images and his writings, as well on his own recent attempts in the genre of life-writing, Christoph Irmscher shows how Audubon used ornithology as a form of covert autobiography.

Irmscher, a native of Germany, is widely recognized as the leading authority on Audubon. He is the editor of the Library of America edition of Audubon’s Writings and Drawings. He is the author of the recent biography, Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science (2013), and of several other books on subjects ranging from natural history writing (The Poetics of Natural History, 1999) to the life of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Longfellow Redux, 2008, and Public Poet, Private Man, 2009.) His work has been supported by the National Endowment of the Humanities, most recently for summer institutes on Audubon held at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, in 2009 and 2011.

Irmscher will also present a companion mini-seminar on September 6, 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Special Collections Research Center on the 6th 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 or at 315‐443‐9763.

Research Roundtable session with guest speaker, William Brooks

On Friday, February 8, Syracuse University Library’s Belfer Audio Archive will welcome William Brooks, Professor of Music at the University of York, England, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois, who will lead a roundtable discussion entitled They Were There: Quotation in Songs of World War I. The roundtable will be held in the classroom at Belfer from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Among the thousands of contemporary First World War-related publications are many hundreds issued by unknown musicians, many self-published. A surprisingly high number of these use musical quotation to make their points – this in contrast to Tin Pan Alley composers, who used quotation more sparingly. Notably, the emerging recording industry allied itself with Main Street USA: in a significant number of recorded songs, additional quotations are introduced, raising interesting questions about differences in audience, purpose, and aesthetics between the two industries.

This talk presents statistical and demographic information about these musicians’ use of quotation, based on an ongoing inventory of two important Midwestern collections of sheet music and an informal collection of about 250 recordings. The songs quoted, and the ways they are used, tell us something about the shared musical heritage of middle Americans. The evolution of this repertory over the eighteen months of American involvement parallels America’s changing moods, and its abrupt termination signals the country’s postwar shift of attention from international to domestic matters, from historical tradition to modernist innovations.

Brooks, a scholar of American music for many years, has published extensively on experimentalists like Charles Ives and John Cage and also on American popular culture of the early twentieth century.

For more information about the roundtable and Brooks’ research, visit

Due to limited seating, advanced registration is required. To register, contact Barbara Brooker at or at 315.443.9763.

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, the Research Roundtable series in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is designed to connect outside scholars who have used special collections with Syracuse University faculty and students having similar interests.

Grove Press lecture and panel discussion with U of Iowa’s Loren Glass

Loren Glass, Associate Professor of English at the University of Iowa, will present a lecture entitled Counter-Culture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library. He will be introduced by Sean Quimby, Senior Director of Special Collections at the Syracuse University Library.

Responsible for such landmark publications as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer, Naked Lunch, Waiting for Godot, The Wretched of the Earth, and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Grove Press was the most innovative publisher of the postwar era.  In this talk, Loren Glass will tell the story of how the press and its house journal, the Evergreen Review, revolutionized the publishing industry and radicalized the reading habits of the “paperback generation.” Grove Press was not only responsible for ending censorship of the printed word in the United States but also for bringing avant-garde literature, especially drama, into the cultural mainstream as part of the quality paperback revolution. Covering topics such as world literature and the Latin American Boom, experimental drama such as the theater of the absurd, pornography and obscenity, revolutionary handbooks, and underground film, Glass will reveal how Barney Rosset built Grove into a communications center of the counterculture.

On Thursday, January 17 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Glass will also moderate “Remembering Grove” a panel discussion with former employees of Grove Press, including, Judith Schmidt Douw (foreign rights), Fred Jordan (editorial), Claudia Menza (the Evergreen Review), Nat Sobel (sales), and Astrid Rosset.

Glass’s first book, Authors Inc.: Literary Celebrity in the Modern United States, was published by New York University Press in 2004. His history of Grove Press, Counter-Culture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde is forthcoming in the Post*45 Series with Stanford University Press in 2013.

The public lecture and panel discussion are free and open to the public.

Strange Victories: Grove Press, 1951-1985
is part of the 2012–13 Ray Smith Symposium “Positions of Dissent,” co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Center, School of Architecture, LGBT Studies, and the departments of English, History, African American Studies, and Art, Design, and Transmedia. For more information on the symposium visit