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Calendar of Events

2013-2014 Events

Princeton Bibliophiles and Collectors Group: Meets the 3rd Sunday of each month during the academic year. The second meeting will be on February 16, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in East Pyne 111

Brown Bag Lunches: Scholars who have received Library Research Grants talk about their work at "brown bag" lunches announced from time to time, to which all are welcome

Exhibition: "Egyptian Film Poster Designers and the Print Shops of Hassan Mazhar Gassour & Sayed ‘Ali Ibrahim al-Nasr"
Location: Main Gallery, Firestone Library
Date: 21 September 2013 - 2 February 2014
Gallery Tours: Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Historical studies of the “golden age” of the Egyptian film industry, from the 1940s to the mid-1960s, have paid little attention to the colorful posters that advertised those films and the people who designed them. This exhibition highlights the artistic style, variation, and evolution of the artwork created by what became, by 1960, the most prominent film poster printing houses in Cairo.
Opening Lecture: "The Painterly "Still" in Modern Egyptian, Iranian, and Turkish Visual Cultures"
Speaker:
Dr. Christiane Gruber '98, Associate Professor of Islamic Art, History of Art, University of Michigan
Date and Time:
29 September 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Location: 101 McCormick Hall
Click here for more information.

Exhibition:" "Building the House of Knowledge." The Graduate College Centennial"
Location: Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, 65 Olden Street, Princeton
Date:
30 September 2013 - 6 June 2014
This exhibition chronicles the events and decisions framing the development of America’s first graduate residential college.
Click here for more information.

Special Event: "A Question and Answer Session with Woody Allen"
Date and Time:
27 October 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets are required for this event

To join the Friends of the Princeton University Library, please go to https://makeagift.princeton.edu/fpul/MakeAGift.aspx.

Annual Dinner: With featured guest A Scott Berg '71
Date and Time:
Sunday, 26 January 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Chancellor Green, Priceton University
Reservations required. For FPUL members and their guests only.

FPUL Annual Small Talks Series
Dates and Times:
Sundays in February, March, and April at 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Maria DiBattista, Michael Wood, Simon Morrison, Achilleas Antoniade, Tracy K. Smith, W. Michael Blumenthal
For FPUL members only. Reservations are required and space is limited. You will be given the location when your reservation has been accepted.

Exhibition: "From a Thankful Nation: Latin American Orders and Medals from the Robert L. Ross Collection at Princeton University"
Location:
Main Gallery, Firestone Library
Date: February 25 - August 3, 2014
Curatorial Tours: February 28 at 3:00 p.m.; April 13, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.; May 29, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Opening Lecture: "Title TBD"
Speaker:
Miguel Centeno, Musgrave Professor of Sociology. Professor of Sociology and International Affairs. Chair, Department of Sociology.
Date & Time:
April 13, 2014, Time 3:00 p.m.
Location: McCormick 101

FPUL Meetings
Annual Meeting: Sunday, 13 April 2014, time & location TBD
Spring Council Meeting, date, time, & location TBD

 


2012-2013 Events

Exhibition: "Noah's Art: Designing Arks for Children "
Location: Cotsen Children's Library, Firestone Library
Date: 11 June 2012 - 30 September 2012
This small exhibition features two spectacular items from Cotsen’s extensive collection of materials illustrating the story of the great deluge: a late 19th-century French toy and the artist Lothar Meggendorfer’s dummy for a panorama published in 1903. For more information, please click here.

Exhibition: "The Election for Woodrow Wilson’s America "
Location:Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library
Date: 23 July 2012 - 28 December 2012
Gallery Tour: Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m.
Coinciding with the centennial of his election as President of the United States, this exhibition will feature materials that illustrate Wilson’s life, with a special focus on his campaign for high office. Drawing primarily from the Woodrow Wilson Collection, it will also include materials from related policy collections and sources from the University Archives and the Manuscripts Division.
Opening Lecture: "Woodrow Wilson’s Journey to the White House"
Speaker:
A. Scott Berg '71
Date and Time:
23 September 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: James M. Stewart '32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton

Exhibition: "First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps"
Location:
Main Gallery, Firestone Library
Date:
24 August 2012 - 10 February 2013
Gallery Tours: Sunday, September 9, and November 11, 2012 and January 13, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
This exhibition introduces viewers to the early history of thematic mapping—the topical layering (Z) of geographic space (X-Y)—through both quantitative and qualitative examples. On display will be early, if not the earliest, thematic maps in various disciplines, such as meteorology, geology, hydrography, natural history, medicine, and sociology/economics. In some cases the maps literally changed the world in the sense that new scientific avenues of investigation resulted. Also, a selection of more fanciful, “theme” maps, on literary subjects, love/marriage, and utopia, will be shown. For more information, please see the exhibition website.
Opening Lecture: “Innovation and Inertia in Thematic Mapping: Examples from Atmospheric and Census Cartography”
Speaker:
Dr. Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Date and Time:
Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m.
Location: 101 McCormick

Bus Tour: "Literary Landmarks of Princeton"
Date and Time:
9 September 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Cost:
$45.00 of which $20.00 is a tax-deductable gift. Call 609-258-3155 for reservations (required).
Alfred Bush, who researched and presented an exhibition and a catalogue forty years ago titled "Literary Landmarks of Princeton," will guide a limited group of Friends on an hour-long bus tour of central Princeton's places of literary significance: where F. Scott Fitzgerald worked on his first novel; where T. S. Eliot wrote The Cocktail Party; where the first copies of James Joyce's Ulysses were smuggled into the country; where Thornton Wilder conceived The  Bridge of San Luis Rey; where William Faulkner spent hours polishing his prose; and the residences of Thomas Mann, Philip Roth, Carlos Fuentes, Lillian Hellman, Dashiel Hammett, Jeffrey Eugenides, and others.

Exhibition: "Your True Friend and Enemy’: Princeton and the Civil War"
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, 65 Olden Street, Princeton
Date:
17 September 2012 - 31 July 2013
In concert with the nation’s Civil War Sesquicentennial events and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, “Your True Friend and Enemy”: Princeton and the Civil War, engages the history and legacy of the Civil War by emphasizing its impact on Princeton University and the town of Princeton. The exhibition provides a history of the Civil War as it was experienced by Princeton’s students and faculty, and its townspeople—including men and women and both its African American and white communities. The exhibit will open on September 17, 2012 to commemorate the Battle of Antietam, which occurred on this date in 1862; after the Union victory President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Exhibition:  "Into the Woods: A Bicentennial Celebration of the Brothers Grimm"
Date:
15 October 2012 – 28 February 2013
Location:
Cotsen Children's Library, Firestone Library
2012 is the bicentennial of the publication of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen of the Brothers Grimm and the Cotsen Children’s Library will mount an exhibition focusing on two famous fairy tales to commemorate this event. There will also be a monthly rotation of original artwork in the collection illustrating different tales.

Exhibition:  "George Frideric Handel’s three-act opera Berenice"
Date:
1 February - 4 March 2013
Location:
18th-Century Room, Main Exhibition Hall, Firestone Library
The Princeton University Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of an eighteenth-century scribal score (297 pages) of George Frideric Handel’s three-act opera Berenice, copied by a contemporary Handel copyist (“S2”) from the composer’s autograph manuscript.

FPUL Annual Small Talks Series
Dates and Times:
Sundays in February, March, and April at 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Yasmine El Rashidi, Diana Henriques, James P. Arthur, Jean Korelitz, Nancy W. Malkiel, Anne-Marie Slaughter
For FPUL members only. Reservations are required and space is limited. You will be given the location when your reservation has been accepted.

Exhibition:  "A Republic in the Wilderness: Treasures of American History from Jamestown to Apomattox "
Date:
22 February - 4 August 2013
Location:
Main Exhibition Hall, Firestone Library
This exhibition features nearly 100 of the library's finest holdings of American historical manuscripts, autograph letters, rare books, maps, photographs and other materials from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and Scheide Library.

Lecture: “The Civil War and the Transformation of America ”
Speaker:
Professor James M. McPherson, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Emeritus s
Date and Time:
Tuesday, 5 March 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
Location: 101 McCormick
This lecture is given in conjunction with the exhibtion "A Republic in the Wilderness: Treasures of American History from Jamestown to Apomattox." A reception will be held in Firestone Library following the lecture. Free and open to the public

Annual Dinner: With featured guest James A. Baker, III Speaking on "Global Issues"
Date and Time:
Sunday, 17 March 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Whitman College Dining Room
Cost: $125.00
Reservations required. For FPUL members and their guests only

Conversations with Curators and Conservators
Date and Time: Sunday, 21 April 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Firestone Library Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Cost: $25.00
Reservations required. For FPUL members and their guests only

Exhibition Opening Lecture: “The First United States: From the Revolution to the Civil War ”
Speaker:
Professor Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History
Date and Time:
Sunday, 5 May 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
Location: McCosh 10
This lecture is given in conjunction with the exhibtion "A Republic in the Wilderness: Treasures of American History from Jamestown to Apomattox." A reception will be held in Firestone Library following the lecture. Free and open to the public
The Annual Meeting of the FPUL will take place in McCosh 10 before the lecture at 1:30 p.m.

FPUL Meetings
Annual Meeting: Sunday, 5 May 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in McCosh 10
Spring Council Meeting, 20 June 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in Firestone Library. Acquisitions purchased with FPUL funds will be available for viewing at 4:00 p.m. in Firestone Library.

Princeton Bibliophiles and Collectors
Every third Sunday from September through May at 2:30 pm
Location: West Classroom, Firestone Library


Highlights of Past Years

The Friends of the Princeton University Library sponsor a variety of events and activities throughout the academic year, and many available exclusively for members. Friends receive event calendars twice a year, as well as invitations to exhibition openings, dinners, and other special events. A list of past Friends events is below.

Highlights of 2011-2012

SPECIAL EVENTS
Performance by artist Werner Pfeiffer, who built his book sculpture, Out of the Sky
Concert by The Practitioners of Musick: "Hogarth and his Musical Friends"
Book Adoption Party
Annual Dinner with Kati Marton

EXHIBITIONS
"George Segal: Sculptor as Photographer"
"Sin and the City: William Hogarth's London"
"She Flourishes": Chapters in the History of Princeton Women"
"Gwen John Watercolors Rediscovered"
"A Fine Addition: New and Notable Acquisitions in Princeton's Special Collections"
"Capping Liberty: the Invention of a Numismatic Iconography for the New American Republic"
"Alan Turing and Early Computing at Princeton"

LECTURES
"George Segal: Sculptor as Photographer"
"A Midnight Modern Conversation"
"Observational and Imaginary Anatomy"
"Transformations in Numismatic Iconography during the American Revolution"

SEMINAR
"Transforming Childhood Memories of War and Displacement into Art"

SMALL TALKS

This year's speakers included Barbara B. Oberg, Evan Thomas, and Joel Smith



Highlights of 2010-2011

SPECIAL EVENTS
Morven Tour of "The Kennedys | Portrait of a Family: Photographs by Richard Avedon"
Annual Winter Dinner with Colm Toibin
Conversations with Curators event

EXHIBITIONS
"Little Lord Fauntleroy Comes to Princeton"
"Money on Paper: An Exhibition of Bank Notes and Related Graphic Arts"
"Strait Through: Magellan to Cook & the Pacific"
"The Cracked Lookingglass: Highlights From The Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Prose Writers"

LECTURES
“What Happened to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Harry Potter?: The Rise and Fall of a Nineteenth-Century Children’s Classic” given by Professor U. C. Knoepflmacher *61
"The Art of Bank Note Engraving" given by Mark D. Tomasko
"Ferdinand Magellan: Then and Now" given by Laurence Bergreen
"The Library of Dust: On Antiquarianism and Other Lost Things" given by Stephen Enniss

SYMPOSIUM
"The Cracked Lookingglass" Lectures and readings featuring novelists and critics John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, R.F. Foster, Jennifer Johnston, Claire Keegan, Patrick McCabe, Colum McCann, Belinda McKeon, Colm Tóibín and Deborah Treisman and Princeton faculty Paul Muldoon and Michael Wood.

SMALL TALKS
This year's speakers included James Steward, Leonard Barkan, and Judith Weisenfeld

Highlights of 2009-2010

SPECIAL EVENTS
Annual Winter Dinner with Mark Dimunation
Book Adoption Event
Recital with The Practitioners of Musick

EXHIBITIONS
"Liberty & the American Revolution: Selections from the Collection of Sid Lapidus ’59"
“‘The Best Old Place of All’: Treasures From the Princeton University Archives”
"Imagerie populaire: French Illustrated Broadsides for Children in the Cotsen Children's Library"
“‘The Author’s Portrait: “O, could he but have drawne his Wit”
"From the Collection of Henry Wendt ’55: Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps 1472-1700"

LECTURES
“Popular Prints for Children…and Everyone Else” given by Patricia Mainardi
“The Ideal Pencil: Poetry, Portraiture, and Prejudice”given by Dr. Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
“Galileo: The Starry Messenger” given by Eileen Reeves

Highlights of 2008-2009

SPECIAL EVENTS
Tour of Morven’s exhibit “Picturing Princeton 1783: The Nation’s Capital”
Symposium – “Arts of the East-Byzantine Studies in Princeton”
Annual Winter Dinner with Tavis Smiley
Library Roadshow - more information can be found at http://www.fpul.org/lrs/

EXHIBITIONS
“Honoring Secretary of State John Foster Dulles: The Centennial of His Princeton Graduation”
“The Greek Book from Papyrus to Printing”
“Sketching Their Characters: 150 Years of Political Cartoons”
"Egypt Unveiled: The Mission of Napoleon's Savants"
"Beauty & Bravado in Japanese Woodblock Prints: Highlights from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection Given in Honor of Dale Roylance "
"Liberty & the American Revolution: Selections from the Collection of Sid Lapidus ’59"

LECTURES
“Greek Books and their Readers: From Antiquity to the Renaissance” given by Prof. Anthony Grafton
“Sketching Their Characters: 150 Years of Political Cartoons” given by David Greenberg
"The Truth is Our Weapon: The Rhetorical Diplomacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles" given by Chris Tudda
"All the Art that's Fit to Print (and some that wasn't): Inside the New York Times Op-Ed Page" given by Jerrelle Kraus
"Making Pictures for the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Artists and Publishers" given by Julie Davis

 

Highlights of 2007-2008

SPECIAL EVENTS
· Trip to Philadelphia and Delaware to visit the Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts Co., Winterthur, and the University of Delaware Library
·Book Adoption Party Fundraiser - Photographs and other information can be found at www.fpul.org/bae
·Annual Winter Dinner

EXHIBITIONS
·"El Taller de Gráfica Popular: The Workshop for Popular Graphic Art"
·"Capturing China, 1913 - 1929: Photographs, Films, and Letters of Diplomat John van Antwerp MacMurray"
·"Numismatics in the Renaissance"
·"Notre livre”: À toute épreuve: A Collaboration between Joan Miró and Paul Éluard"

LECTURES
·"Paul DuChaillu and the 'Discovery' of the Gorilla or The Science Behind 'King Kong'", given by Robert McCracken Peck
·"The Surrealist Artist's Book: Beyond the Page”, given by Elza Adamowiez

ACADEMIC CONFERENCES
· "Writers, Editors, and Literary Magazines, 1947-2007: A Conversation in Honor of "The Hudson Review"
· "The Rebirth of Antiquity: Numismatics, Archaeology, and Classical Studies in the Culture of the Renaissance"

SMALL TALKS
·This year's speakers included David H. Orr '95, James Axtell, A. Scott Berg '71, Julian Zelizer, Sophie Gee

 

Highlights of 2006-2007

SPECIAL EVENTS
· Trip to New York for behind-the-scenes tour of the Morgan Library and the private library of Sid Lapidus
·Annual Winter Dinner: A Tribute to Lynne and Bob Fagles
·Cotsen Pajama Party

SYMPOSIUMS
·"Players and Painted Stage: the Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Theater"
·"Sharpening the Subtle Knife: Cutting New Paths Through Children's Literature"

EXHIBITIONS
·"Players and Painted Stage: the Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Theater"
·"Boris Godunov"
·"To The Mountains of the Moon: Mapping African Exploration, 1541-1880"

SMALL TALKS
·This year's speakers were D. Graham Burnett, Prof. John Fleming, and Phyllis Billington

Highlights of 2005-2006

SPECIAL EVENTS
· Trips to Philadelphia and Washington, DC for behind-the-scenes tours, and tours of private libraries
·A Book in the Works: The Arts in Book Production Lecture and Workshop Series
· Treasures of the Princeton University Library: On Display by the Curators Who Collect and Care for Them
·Annual Winter Dinner with Paul Muldoon and C.K. Williams
· Monthly Book Collectors meetings

EXHIBITIONS
· "The Lure of the Library: The Friends at 75"
·"Lessons in Roman Epigraphy: Princeton's Lateran Epitaphs"
·"O, What a Place for a Lake: The Centenial of the Construction of Loch Carnegie"
·"Framing the Frontier: Photographers and the American West, 1850-1920"
· "Wonderful Stories for Pictures: H.C. Andersen and His Illustrators"

CONFERENCES
· Hidden but not Forgotten: The Legacy of Hans Christian Andersen in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries"
·"Framing the Frontier: A Day of Lectures in Honor of Alfred L. Bush"

SMALL TALKS
·This year's speakers were Sean Wilentz, John Sacret Young '69, Robert P. George, Daniel T. Rogers, Emily Mann, Anthony T. Grafton, Steven Mackey, Donald C. Skemer.

Highlights of 2004-2005

Lecture: Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison opened the Friends’ 75 th Anniversary celebration on April 3d with a lecture entitled "Overdue: A Writer's Debt; a Reader's Interest," followed by a dinner at Prospect House.

Exhibition and gallery talk : "Derso & Kelen: cartoons & caricatures"

Film: "The Lost Generation," introduced by Professor Maria DiBattista (Fast-Talking Dames)

A lecture by Professor Simon Morrison about his team's recreation of Serge Prokofiev's 1925 ballet, Le Pas D’Acier, staged at the Roger S. Berlind Theater at Princeton University.

Exhibition and gallery talk: “Portraits Of The Lost Generation"

Small talks:

  • Susan Naquin, "In Search of Old Peking."
  • David Maraniss, “Reflections On Vietnam And Its Lessons For Iraq."
  • Landon Y. Jones, Jr., "William Clark And The Shaping Of The West."

Highlights of 2003-2004

SPECIAL EVENTS
· Trips to Philadelphia and Baltimore for behind-the-scenes tours, and tours of private libraries
· Tour of literary landmarks of Princeton
· Private Tour of the Scheide Library conducted by William H. Scheide '36 and his librarian, Paul Needham
· One day Scheide Bible Exhibition
· Annual Winter Dinner Robert Caro on Lyndon Johnson (2002) and Harold Shapiro on libraries and collecting (2003), and Frank Deford on the sports industry (2004)
· Monthly Book Collectors meetings

WORKSHOPS
· "Preserving Works on Paper"
·"Collecting" and "Preserving Family Heirlooms" (with the Historical Society of Princeton)

SPECIAL LECTURES
· Anthony T. Grafton, Edward H. Tenner, and James Axtell on Woodrow Wilson
· Barbara Baden on 20th Century Children's Books
· Colin Powell and John Lewis Gaddis on George Kennan
· Nell Irvin Painter, Jean and Robert Hollander, Samuel Hynes
· Illustrated lecture on aviation with past president of the Tuskegee Airmen’s Assn.

COTSEN CHILDREN'S LIBRARY EVENTS
· Middle Earth Theater at Communiversity
· Chinese Bookbinding Workshop
· Visiting authors and storytellers
· Young Curators program and Cotsen Players theater productions
· Conference: “Under Fire: Childhood in the Shadow of War”

EXHIBITION OPENINGS AND TOURS
·“Brave New World: 20th Century Children's Books from the Cotsen Children's Library.”
·“Woodrow Wilson at Princeton: The Path to the Presidency.”
·“The Life and Times of George F. Kennan: A Centennial Exhibition.”
·“Jonathan Edwards: The Life of a Master Preacher.”
·“The Romance of Flight”
·“Of Maps and Men: In Pursuit of a Northwest Passage”
·“The Bible in English: Before and After the Hampton Court Conference, 1604”


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