Hundredth Anniversary of Swann’s Way – Part Three: Marcel Goes on a Road Trip to Chi-town
RBML was recently invited to participate in two well-attended, Chicago-based celebrations of Proust’s masterpiece novel. These events took place on October 16 and 17 and were sponsored by the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the Alliance Française de Chicago
Events at Lake Forest College included “The All-Midwest Summarize Proust Competition”, a skit written and performed by Lake Forest College Theater students and inspired by the 1972 Monty Python original, a conversation and Q&A on Proust, and an introduction to the RBML Proust collection by Caroline Szylowicz. Other speakers included Lake Forest College Professor David Ellison, the author of A Reader’s Guide to Proust’s ‘In Search of Lost Time’, the Chicago-based novelis Aleksandar Hemon, and Davis Schneiderman, a novelist and professor at Lake Forest College.
The conversation at the Graham School of Continuing Education at the University of Chicago featured David Ellison and Irina Ruvinsky, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and encore presentations by Caroline and the All-Midwest Summarize Proust players.
Each event concluded with a tea-and-madeleines reception and viewing of original editions of Swann’s Way and letters of Marcel Proust from our RBML collection. The small, but tasteful selection of was much appreciated by the Chicago-area Proustophiles who had missed our summer exhibition.
Fall Semester 2013
The Harris Fletcher Award and
The T.W. Baldwin Prize
To foster the use of primary sources and rare materials, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign sponsors two prize competitions each Fall Semester for the best research paper based on original sources from RBML. The prizes, co-sponsored by the The No. 44 Society, include separate judging and prizes for undergraduate (Fletcher Award) and graduate (Baldwin Prize) student papers. Professors in any department may nominate a student’s work. All submissions must be made by faculty (not by the students themselves).
The award for each category is $500. Entries should be emailed to Dennis Sears (dsears (at) illinois (dot) edu), the Rare Book & Manuscript Library's Public Programs Manager, 346 Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL 61801, MC-522. Deadline for entry: 10 January 2014. Winners will be announced at the 12 February 2014 No. 44 Society meeting.
November's No. 44 Society Talk
13 November at 3:00 p.m. in RBML
"To Hell and Back: Illustrating Dante's Inferno"
Be sure to mark your calendar for the re-scheduled talk by Christian Dupont's about Dante and illustration!
Rare book librarian Christian Dupont has extensively studied cultural receptions of Dante and the collecting of his works. His numerous essays on these subjects have appeared in Dante Studies, Harvard Library Bulletin, and Studies in Bibliography among other publications.
The Remaining 2013—2014
Schedule of Meetings of
No. 44 Society,
a Convivial Confab for Book Collectors
December 11, 2013, 3:00 PM in RBM
Come join us for a Holiday Cheer Party and Book Brag. We will also celebrate John Milton's birthday.
February 12, 2014 AT 3:00 PM in RBML
Henry Hébert, the Rare Book Conservator at the University of Illinois Library will talk about conservation and care of rare materials. Winners of the 2013 Fall Semester Fletcher and Baldwin Essay contests will also be announced.
March 12, 2014, 3:00 PM in RBML
J. Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan will give a talk entitled; "Bibliophilia to Bibliomania."
April 9, 2014, 3:00 PM Field Trip!
Please join us for a field trip to the Fresh Press! Pull a piece of paper and find out more about what's happening in the book arts in our area.
May 14, 2014, 3:00 PM in RBML
Paul Gehl, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library in Chicago will talk about the University of Illinois Cavagna Collection.
Rare Book & Manuscript Library Invites Visiting Scholar Applications
The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library annually awards two stipends of up to $3,000 to scholars and researchers, unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who would like to spend a month or more conducting research with our materials.
Information about this program and how to apply is found on our Web site at: http://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/research_fellowships.html, or contact the Public Programs Manager Dennis Sears (dsears (at) illinois (dot) edu) with further questions. Deadline for application is:
*1 February 2014*
Wheels for Scholars
Daniel D. Shin and Lynn S. Cline Power Clean Rides for Visitors
RBML is very grateful to Daniel Shin and Lynn Cline for their donation of funds for the provision of a bicycle to be used by our month-long Velde Visiting Scholars. Many of our visiting scholars end up residing a ways out from campus and this gift will help future generations of visitors pedal higher efficiencies into their research—and lungs!