Distinguished MacArthur Fellow Ann Blair
Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Lippitt Hall, 402 5 Lippitt Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
Public Lecture: "In the workshop of the mind: Scholars and Their Assistants"
Ann Blair is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Harvard University and a MacArthur Fellow. A world-renowned scholar of the history of science, reading, and thought in Europe from the late middle ages through the Enlightenment, Professor Blair has contributed substantially to our understanding of how knowledge and information are created, transmitted, and managed. In this talk she will discuss the working methods of humanist scholars in the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as the limitations of our sources. By studying past methods of reading, note-taking, writing, indexing, and working with others, she offers a new vantage point from which to consider our own practices and how they are changing under the impact of digital technologies. Professor Blair’s most recent book is Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age (Yale University Press, 2010).