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Material Texts: Workshop in the History of Material Texts: “The Needham Calculator”
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 5:15pm to 7:15pm

 Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center on the 6th Floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Please join us Monday, January 30th, for this semester’s next meeting of the Workshop in the History of Material Texts<https://www.english.upenn.edu/graduate/working-groups/materialtexts>.

We will convene at our usual time and place: 5:15pm in the Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center on the 6th Floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. We will be welcoming our own Will Noel (Penn) for a talk entitled: “The Needham Calculator”

Will writes:

At Which will be Revealed for the FIRST TIME a Marvelous COMPUTER for the Swift and Easy Diagnosis of The SIXTY FOUR Fifteenth century PAPER CATEGORIES and the FORMATS in which they mIght be Found, in SINGLE SHEETS - both in portrait and landscape - and in BOOKS, which will be of the Utmost UTILITY to the Historian of The Book (whether in Print or Manuscript), and to scholars of Art and also of the Archive, be they EXPERTS or BEGINNERS. Users will find EASE of USE the primary characteristic of this INDISPENSABLE AID. FULL REFUND available. QUALITY GUARANTEED. With an accompanying EXPOSITION using REAL examples from the UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA.

Dr. William Noel is Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscript, and Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at The University of Pennsylvania, positions he took up in September 2012. Before that he was Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. He has published books on the Utrecht Psalter Tradition, The Archimedes Palimpsest, and the thirteenth-century English Illuminator William de Brailes. He is interested in the application of digital technologies to the medieval book, and in 2013 he was honored as a White House Open Science Champion of Change by President Obama.