SHARP update, ii

I haven’t been a very good conference blogger, have I? Now I’m faced with writing some notes on all the panels I’ve been to and the people I’ve met. Yikes! Well, I’ll give it a shot. Here’s a start:

So far this is just reporting the papers I heard without much analysis, but hopefully I’ll write more when I’m not pressed for time.

Thursday, July 10

9:00-10:30, Session 9: Visual and Typographic Meanings of Print

Megan Benton (Pacific Lutheran University)
ìëDump the Classics in the Hell-Boxí: The Cultural Politics of Modernist American Typography, 1920-1950î

Elline Lipkin (University of Houston)
ìHer ëPlayful Poeticsí: May Swensonís Word-Imagesî

11:00-12:30, Session 10: Visual Researches and Session 11: Women Reading in the U.S.

I wanted to hear Karen E. Reilly (San Diego County Public Law Library), ìThe San Diego Public Library, Andrew Carnegie, and the Architecture of Public Readingî and then leave for the end of another panel, but they switched the order of papers in session 10, so I heard Marija Dalbello (Rutgers), ìThe City as Spectacle: French Photography in Printed Works, 1886-1917î before going to session 11 and hearing my UMKC colleague Jane Greer on ìReading and Writing by Moonlight: Cora Wilson Stewart and the Education of Rural, Working-Class Women, 1911-1930.î

Then lunch and, uh, a nap (I plead jet lag!) before going to the plenary lecture at 3:30: Kevin Starr (State Librarian of California) “California as a Publishing Center: Some Considerations.”.

More campus courtyard conversations over wine, fruit, cheese and crackers, then into the “village” with Jane and Melissa Homestead to a pub called “The Press” (and yes, it used to be a printing press) for beer and an eggplant burger.

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