The Paul and June Schlueter Lecture on the Art & History of the Book will take place at 7 p.m. on March 24 in Skillman Library’s Gendebien Room. The lecture will feature Prof. Matthew G. Kirschenbaum of the University of Maryland, author of several acclaimed books on the history of the book and media in the digital age. Kirschenbaum will be speaking about his new book, Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage (University of Pennsylvania Press), which looks at opportunities and obligations for book history, textual criticism, and bibliography when literary texts are distributed across digital platforms, devices, formats, and networks.

Kirschenbaum’ previous books include Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, published by Harvard University Press in 2016, and Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (MIT Press, 2008). The latter won multiple prizes, including the 16th annual Prize for a First Book from the Modern Language Association. His public-facing writing has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate, LA Review of Books, Paris Review Daily, War on the Rocks, The Conversation, and Public Books. His research has been covered by the The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Guardian, National Public Radio, Boing Boing, and WIRED, among many other outlets.

Masks are required for this in-person event.

The Schlueter Lecture series is funded by a generous gift from Paul and June Schlueter. This year’s lecture is co-sponsored by the the Department of English.

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