Library and Archives Canada presents:
Robert Darnton, Carl H. Prforzheimer Professor and University Librarian Emeritus, Harvard University
“Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future”
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
395 Wellington Street,
Seating is limited. Registration is required.
Please register by email at: BAC.RSVPseminaire-SeminarRSVP.LAC@bac-lac.gc.ca
The presentation will be delivered in English with simultaneous French translation, followed by a question period.
If you cannot attend in person, you can follow the proceedings on Twitter using the hashtag #RWSS.
The Wallot-Sylvestre Seminars are a lecture series focused on informing and disseminating strategic thinking in the domains of information science, archival science, and history among others. Lecturers are invited by Library and Archives Canada from the academic, public and private sectors, and include scholars and practitioners.
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Biography of Robert Darnton
Robert Darnton was educated at Harvard University (A.B., 1960) and at Oxford University (B. Phil., 1962; D. Phil., 1964) where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He worked briefly as a reporter for The New York Times before he became a junior fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard. He taught at Princeton from 1968 to 2007, at which time he became the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard until his retirement earlier this year. He has been a visiting professor or fellow at many universities and institutes for advanced study. His outside activities include service as a trustee of the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press (USA) and terms as president of the American Historical Association and the International Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. Among his honours are a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award, election to the French Legion of Honour, the National Humanities Medal conferred by President Obama in February 2012 and the Del Duca World Prize in the Humanities awarded by the Institut de France in 2013. He has written and edited many books, including The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie, 1775–1800 (1979), an early attempt to develop the history of books as a field of study; The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History(1984), probably his most popular work, which has been translated into 18 languages; Berlin Journal, 1989–1990 (1991), an account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of East Germany; and The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France (1995), a study of the underground book trade. His latest books are The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future (2009), The Devil in the Holy Water, or The Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon (2009), Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris (2010), and Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature (2014).