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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Kislak Center, 6th Floor of Van Pelt Library

The Kislak Center at Penn Libraries is pleased to announce an upcoming conference next Thursday and Friday, which is free and open to the public on January 17th and 18th:

Digital and Archival Approaches to Theater History

As the capstone conference for the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Philadelphia Playbills Project hosted by Penn Libraries, this conference will address the challenge of reconstructing performances of the past.  There are a broad range of materials from playbills to props, scrapbooks to photographs of actors, that survive as documents of past performances. How do we take these disparate materials and form a picture of what a night at the theater may have been like for someone of a past era? This conference looks at how scholars, librarian, archivists and digital humanists use and organize these materials, and how new digital tools and approaches are transforming the way we can understand the history of the theater.

Please visit the conference website for more information and registration:

Schedule: January 17th

5:30 - 6:45pm:
Sarah Werner, Keynote Speaker, Digital Ephemera of Theater History
Kislak Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion

6:45 - 8:00pm:
Conference reception
Kislak Center