More than 8,000 visitors from the campus, the community and beyond came to the University of Dayton to see the Imprints and Impressions exhibit in the six weeks it was open. Around the University, the exhibition inspired many thoughtful, timely, creative and scholarly endeavors that encouraged students to cross disciplinary boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge — a hallmark of the University’s Common Academic Program.
This collection presents some of the works, events and learning opportunities that accompanied the exhibit.
Paul H. Benson, Sandra A. Yocum, Mark Masthay, and Donald J. Polzella
Exhibition catalogue for Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress — Highlights from the Rose Rare Book Collection. Includes an introduction by Kathleen M. Webb, dean of University Libraries; essays about the impact of the exhibition's books on modern inquiry, the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences; and photographs of the works in the exhibit.
Kathleen M. Webb
In preparing for Imprints and Impressions, we ran across many interesting words that have fallen out of the general lexicon. With this booklet, we have brought one back: handlist. Dean Kathleen Webb ran across it in a 1944 booklet from the J. Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. Though the word no longer appears in most new dictionaries, it’s still in the Oxford English Dictionary:
A list of a particular type or category of things, presented in a readily consultable form; esp. a list of the books or manuscripts in a particular place, on a particular subject, etc.; a catalogue.
It’s a good word … and that’s a terrible thing to waste.
Miriamne Ara Krummel and Bobbi Sutherland
Part of the College of Arts and Sciences' Rites. Rights. Writes. series and the Imprints and Impressions events, this lecture discusses the texts of Thomas Aquinas, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Anne Frank and others. Presenters are Miriamne Ara Krummel, Associate Professor of English, and Bobbi Sutherland, Assistant Professor of History. (Event was held Nov. 4, 2014, in the Kennedy Union Torch Lounge.)
Patrick Thomas, Brittany Cook, and Jaime Malloy
This online exhibit provided an opportunity for people to view the works and commentaries in Imprints and Impressions around the world. Patrick Thomas, a faculty member in the University of Dayton's Department of English, coordinated the site's content, recruited contributors, and oversaw production of the site by students Brittany Cook and Jaime Malloy.
University of Dayton Media Production Group
Video features interviews with author Nicholas Basbanes, University Libraries Dean Kathleen Webb, and collector Stuart Rose about the Imprints and Impressions exhibition.
Producer/director: Michael Kurtz
Post-production: Brian Mills
Production assistant: Quinlin Kelly
Robert Brecha, Una M. Cadegan, John A. Inglis, and Paul J. Morman
A faculty panel discussion in two sessions:
The Index: Una Cadegan (history) looks at the current scholarship on the Index of Forbidden Books.
Galileo: Robert Brecha (physics) highlights the banning of Galileo and observational science.
Thomas Aquinas: John Inglis (philosophy) speaks on the banning of Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica, the most important book in Catholic intellectual tradition.
Descartes and the Index of Forbidden Books: Paul Morman (history, Distinguished Service Professor) highlights the book by Descartes that he was not allowed to study while a student at UD in the 1960s.
Acclaimed bibliophile Nicholas Basbanes, whose most recent book made the short list for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, opens the exhibition Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress with a keynote address. Co-sponsored by the University of Dayton Speaker Series.
John V. Clarke
John V Clarke, associate professor of visual arts and lead designer of the exhibition catalogue, addresses letterform styles and typefaces in “Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress — Highlights from the Rose Rare Book Collection.” Clarke explores the historical development of varying letter styles and typography’s role in these milestones of human progress.
Video feature — Why Stuart Rose’s Collection of Rare Books Matters in the Age of the Digital Surrogates
Daniel De Simone
A keynote address by Daniel De Simone, the Eric Weinmann Librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. A 1974 graduate of the University of Dayton with a master's in history, De Simone came to the Folger Library in 2014 from the Library of Congress, where he organized exhibitions and symposia and wrote on diverse subjects including the Giant Bible of Mainz, Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, William Blake and early calligraphy books. Before that, he operated his own rare-book business in New York City.