Gifts to the Collaborative Program in Book History & Print Culture, and to the Toronto Centre for the Book (our public lecture series), are an invaluable means of maintaining and extending our many activities. The ongoing generosity of our friends and supporters, including alumni and current / emeritus faculty, enables us to enrich the student experience in ways that would not be possible otherwise. Thanks to the contributions of recent donors as well as affiliated units, we were able in 2015-2016 to bring in three distinguished visiting speakers (Johanna Drucker, UCLA; Jennifer Graber, UT Austin; Will Slauter, Paris-Diderot) and to support our PhD students taking their core course “Mediascapes: Texts, Stories, Land” to visit Prof. Rick Monture (McMaster) at the Six Nations of the Grand River.
Book History & Print Culture was also able to support 2015-2016 Printing Fellow Julia King (Information)’s involvement in the Bodleian Library’s Sonnets 2016 project. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, letterpress printers from all over the world submitted their versions of each of Shakespeare’s sonnets. The Massey College Bibliography Room created their version of Sonnet 41, pictured below. We were pleased to pay for the materials and postage of the sonnet, which will be displayed in a special exhibit at Oxford University.
Above all, we want to enable our students to present work undertaken as part of their book-historical studies at U of T at major international conferences. This year we were pleased to support two students in their work. Kacper Niburski (IHPST) attended the premier medical humanities conference Creating Space VI, held in Montreal, April 2016, presenting “Imprinting Care: An Analysis of the Production of Patient Charts and the Standardization of Medicine”. Elisa Tersigni (English) presented “The Textual Lives of Anne Askew” at the Society for Textual Scholarship’s annual conference in Ottawa, Ontario. We are proud to be able to support their participation at these prestigious events.
Donations to Book History & Print Culture can be made online via the University of Toronto Boundless Campaign, where a tax receipt will be issued. Donations to the BHPC Director’s Opportunities Fund will support student participation at external conferences, a visiting fellowship program, special lectures and seminars, international student exchanges, and other teaching and research activities. Donations to the Toronto Centre for the Book Lecture Series Fund will support the lecture series, which stresses interdisciplinarity and public outreach, as well as the J. R. de J. Jackson Memorial Lecture. On behalf of everyone in the program, a very warm thank you for your support!