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Wordsworthian Carnage, a Lecture by Duncan Wu


On March 22, Professor Duncan Wu of Georgetown University will speak about William Wordsworth’s “Thanksgiving Ode,” composed to commemorate Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. The lecture honors Professor Emeritus Mark Reed and his gifts to the Rare Book Collection and celebrates the opening of Lyric Impressions: Wordsworth in the Long Nineteenth Century.

Monday, February 22
5:30pm: Reception and viewing of exhibition, Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
6pm: Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
Free and open to the public

Tiny Paintings: Handmade Artist Cards from the Charles Alston Collection


Greeting cards can be much more than a holiday photo or quick hello; for visual artists, they are small portable ways of sharing their art. On display are several pieces of greeting card artwork from mid-century American artists, including prominent African American artist Charles Alston, whose papers reside in the Southern Historical Collection. These intimately crafted, often limited-edition pieces demonstrate how artists kept in touch with their peer networks and refined their technical skills through the medium of greeting cards.

Through March 15, 2016
4th Floor Exhibit Space
Free and open to the public

Lyric Impressions: William Wordsworth in the Long Nineteenth Century


This display of over eighty books, prints, and maps explores the evolution of Wordsworth during the tumultuous period from the French Revolution through World War I. Inspired by the Rare Book Collection’s William Wordsworth Collection and Professor Mark Reed’s gift to it, the exhibit highlights the social and cultural conditions that precipitated Romantic literature and have ensured it enduring popularity.

Through April 15, 2016
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
Free and open to the public

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