What did ordinary people such as farmers and janitors have in common with extraordinary ones like Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, and Susan B. Anthony? This talk explores how nineteenth-century Americans created scrapbooks to document, share, critique, and participate in a rapidly changing world of information overload. Like us, they felt overwhelmed by the written material in their lives; their ways of coping with it offer new ways to understand the history of LexisNexis, bookmarks, Google, and other ways we now manage information.
Wednesday Oct. 31, noon-1 pm. Dodson Room, Level 3, Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC
About the speaker: Ellen Gruber Garvey is the author of Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance, and The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture (both Oxford University Press). She is Professor of English at New Jersey City University, where she co-edits the journal Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy. She is the winner of numerous fellowships and awards.
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