The series, titled "A Traveling Homeland: The Babylonian Talmud as Diaspora," consists of three talks: "Dispersing Diaspora: The Talmud as Diasporist Manifesto" (Monday, February 18 at 5:00 p.m.), "The Philology of Diaspora: The Talmud Enacts Diaspora" Tuesday, February 19 at 5:00 p.m.), and "Searching for the Routes: The Talmud Makes Diasporas" (Thursday, February 21, 5:00 p.m.).
All three lectures will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Terrace Room of Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
You may not need a map to see that scholarly publishers like Penn Press contribute to the world's knowledge and understanding, but it does provide an interesting perspective.
As part of the Univeristy Press Week celebration, Penn Press has created a special Google map to show the reach of our authors and publications. In the Fall 2012 season alone, we touched every continent except Antarctica. (Oh, well. Maybe next season.)
Penn Press is pleased to announce the Inaugural Mellon Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Press. The series runs from March 26 to March 30 at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, located at 3355 Woodland Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.
This year Peter C. Mancall, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at the University of Southern California and coeditor of Collecting Across Cultures: Material Exchanges in the Early Modern Atlantic World, will give three lectures on Nature and Culture in the Early Modern World. This lecture series will explore aspects of the relationship between people and nature in the early modern Atlantic. Each of the lectures will begin with paintings: a series of images in a fourteenth-century cloister in the south of France; a hand-painted atlas created in 1547; and a 1585 water color of a Carolina Algonquian town by the English artist John White.
Lecture One: “Fréjus: The Borders of Nature” Monday, March 26, 5:00 PM McNeil Center for Early American Studies University of Pennsylvania 3355 Woodland Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
Lecture Two: “Vallard: The New Ecology of the Atlantic Basin” Wednesday, March 28, 5:00 PM McNeil Center for Early American Studies University of Pennsylvania 3355 Woodland Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
Lecture Three: “Secota: The Landscape at the End of History” Friday, March 30, 3:00 PM (Please note the change in time for the last lecture) McNeil Center for Early American Studies University of Pennsylvania 3355 Woodland Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
This weekend, two new exhibits feature artwork connected to new and forthcoming Penn Press books.
A Singular View—The Art and Words of John Paton Davies, Jr. opens Saturday, March 3 at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD. Davies, author of China Hand: An Autobiography, was a designer as well as a diplomat. This exhibit of his art coincides with the posthumous release of his book. The exhibit runs though April 14, 2012. Visit www.strathmore.org for details.
This spring Penn Press will release"Beowulf" and Other Old English Poems, edited and translated by Craig Williamson with a foreword by noted medieval scholar and J. R. R. Tolkien expert Tom Shippey. "Craig Williamson's Beowulf is superior, both in truth to the original and in readability, to any other version of the poem now available," says Shippey.
Since so many of us at Penn Press staff have Beowulf on our minds, we couldn't help noticing the buzz in crafting and literature circles about a sock knitting pattern inspired by the famous Anglo-Saxon poem. "Hwaet!," which is available from the online knitting store the Sanguine Gryphon, is a challenging design that inspires knitters and medieval culture lovers alike.
To celebrate Craig Williamson's brilliant and meticulous translation of Beowulf, Penn Press is offering translations of the "Hwaet!" knitting pattern as a raffle prize. People who subscribe to our email list at this year's Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America and at the International Congress on Medieval Studies will have a chance to win a pair of custom handknit socks or a scarf decorated with the opening lines of Beowulf.
As part of the homecoming weekend celebration, the Penn Bookstore will host reknown scholar Stanley Fish for a special discussion of The Fugitive, the classic TV show in which Dr. Richard Kimble, an innocent man convicted of murder, is on the run from the law. The award-winning show, The Fugitive, which aired from 1963 to 1967 and later inspired a blockbuster movie, still has many devoted fans, but none more passionate than intellectual provocateur Stanley Fish.
The event is part of the regular Monday afternoon workshop in the History of Material Texts, run in conjunction with the Penn Press Material Texts series and organized this semester by Senior Humanities Editor Jerome Singerman. Here's a list of the remaining fall workshops.
October 4: Daniel Hobbins, History, OSU. "Publishing before Print: How Jean Gerson Reached a Massive Market of Readers Before Gutenberg."
October 18: Martin Brueckner, English, Delaware. "Map Wars: Objects, Pictures, and the Aesthetic of Cartifacts in the Antebellum U.S."
October 25: Joan Dejean, French, Penn. "Playing Cards and the Everyday Life of Print in 17th-Century Paris."
November 1: John Pollack and Brooke Palmieri, English, Penn. "The Shortcomings of Print and the Shortcuts of Students: Scribal Publication and Circulation at Penn."
November 8, 5:30: Rebecca Bushnell, English, Penn. "The Temporality of the Tragic: Text, Stage, and Screen."
November 15: Robert Juette, History, Bosch Stiftung / Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. "Anthropodermic Bibliopegy: a Gruesome Kind of Material Text."
November 29: John Tresch, History and Sociology of Science, Penn. "Life, Science and Death: The American Experiments of Edgar Allan Poe."
December 6: Sara Lipton, History, Stony Brook. "On the Foreheads of Kings: Jewish Hats and Christian Worship"
Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath continues to dig for the truth behind the killing fields in his writings and on screen. He coauthored Behind the Killing Fields: A Khmer Rouge Leader and One of His Victims with Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon.Thet also collaborated on the documentary film Enemies of the People which will be screened at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York beginning June 18.
New York Times film critic Stephen Holden praised the reporter for his work on the documentary:
Enemies of the People. . . is an inspiring film. To hear people recall committing unspeakable acts while under duress is liberating for them and for us. And the story of Mr. Thet Sambath, who spent years researching and interviewing, is a testament to one man’s persistent search for the truth. The faces and voices of these ordinary people forced to kill raises the age-old question: Who, in the same situation, would have acted differently?
In the film, as in the book Behind the Killing Fields, Thet attempts to dissect the heart of political violence by confronting Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea, a. k. a. Brother Number 2, Pol Pot's top lieutenant during the 1970s. As a survivor of this bloody regime, Thet offers a critical perspective to one of the darkest episodes in world history.