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The Research Library in the Information Age

Stated Meeting, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Introduction: Bernard Bailyn (12 min.) whose historical work centers on early American history, the American Revolution, and the Atlantic World in the pre-industrial era, is Adams University Professor, emeritus, at Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard since 1953, becoming Professor in 1961 and Winthrop Professor of History in 1966, a position he held until 1981, when he became the first Adams University Professor. His numerous books have won several awards, including the Bancroft, Pulitzer (twice), and National Book Prizes. His most recent book is Atlantic History: Concept and Contours (2005). A Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he is a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Academia Europaea, and the Mexican Academy of History and Geography. Appointed the Jefferson Lecturer by the NEH in 1998, he delivered the first Millennium Lecture at the White House. He served as President of the American Historical Association in 1981 and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1963.

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Robert Darnton (52 min.) is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard University Library. An alumnus of Harvard College and Harvard’s Society of Fellows, a former Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Fellow, and Chevalier of France’s Légion d’Honneur, Darnton is an internationally recognized scholar on the history of the book and the literary world of Enlightenment France. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France (1968), The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie (1979), The Literary Underground of the Old Regime (1982), The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (1984), The Kiss of Lamourette: Reflections in Cultural History (1989), Revolution in Print: the Press in France 1775–1800 (1989, Daniel Roche co-editor), Edition et sédition (1991), which won the French Prix Médicis, Berlin Journal, 1989–1990 (1991), The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Prerevolutionary France (1995), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and George Washington’s False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century (2003). He is currently completing a book on the art and politics of slander in the 18th century. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1980.

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