2017 Mark Samuels Lasner Collection Exhibition and Symposium

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Exhibition

“Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection”

Curator: Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities

February 14 – June 3, 2017
Special Collections Gallery, Morris Library

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In celebration of the collection and the gift, the University of Delaware Library will host an exhibition, titled “Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection” and curated by Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities — on view in Morris Library’s Special Collections Gallery from Feb. 14 through June 3, 2017.

Mark Samuels Lasner and his collection in the Morris Library. Privately owned but housed in the Library and associated and its Special Collections, the collection is comprised of over 9,000 works of British literature and art from 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and on the writers and illustrators of the 1890s. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)

Mark Samuels Lasner and his collection in the Morris Library.
(Evan Krape / University of Delaware)

Symposium

“Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art”

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English at Princeton University

March 17 – 18, 2017
Reading Room, Morris Library

On March 17 and 18, 2017, the University of Delaware will host a two-day symposium, “Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art.” In addition to Elaine Showalter, the speakers will include Mark Dimunation (Library of Congress), Barbara Heritage (Rare Book School, University of Virginia), Edward Maggs (Maggs Bros. Ltd., London), Joseph Bristow (UCLA), Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian University), Margaretta S. Frederick (Delaware Art Museum), William S. Peterson (Emeritus, University of Maryland), David Taylor (UK historian and author), and Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware).

The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Registration

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Lunch will be provided for registrants on Saturday, March 18.

Hotels

Arrangements have been made at:

Homewood Suites
302-453-9700
640 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19713

Anyone booking rooms should reference “Mark Samuels Lasner Symposium” for the room block and discount rate.

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Symposium Schedule

All events take place in the Reading Room on the first floor of the Morris Library, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, March 17, 2017

3:00 – 4:30 pm Exhibition Talk

  • Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities, University of Delaware, and curator of exhibition “Victorian Passions: Stories From the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection”
4:30 – 6:00 pm Keynote Lecture

  • Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English, Princeton University
6:00 – 7:00 pm Reception

  • Special Collections Atrium

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

9:30 – 10:00 am Registration
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session

  • Mark Dimunation, Chief, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
  • Barbara Heritage, Associate Director & Curator of Collections, Rare Book School, University of Virginia
  • Edward Maggs, Maggs Brothers, Ltd., London, UK
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch (provided for registrants – location TBD)

  • Viewing of “Victorian Passions” Exhibition
1:30 – 3:30 pm Afternoon Session

  • Joseph Bristow, Distinguished Professor of English, UCLA
  • Linda K. Hughes, Adele Levy Professor of Literature, Texas Christian University
3:30 – 3:45 pm Break
3:45 – 4:30 pm Panel focused on the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

  • Margaretta S. Frederick, Chief Curator, and Annette Woolard-Provine Curator of the Bancroft Collection, Delaware Art Museum
  • William S. Peterson, Professor of English Emeritus, University of Maryland
  • David Taylor, Ph.D., FSA, UK historian and author
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