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Not A SWON Event - $30 and up - A full day symposium in celebration of the Codex, highlighting the history and art of bookbinding with panel discussions, concurrent talks, and hands-on learning.

When: Friday, August 4, 2017
8:30 AM
Where: 625 N High St
Columbus, Ohio  43235
United States
Contact: Not A SWON Event

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Symposium: The Codex: History, Art, and Practice


The Ohio Preservation Council and the State Library of Ohio are pleased to offer a full day symposium in celebration of the book.  This symposium will highlight the history and art of the book with panel discussions, concurrent talks, and hands-on learning.

Keynote speaker, Julia Miller, will discuss various topics including the urgency of historical book description and why conservation and preservation is everyone's responsibility. A panel discussion and a curated set of breakout sessions will further the registrant's knowledge and appreciation of the codex in a number of creative and historic applications.

Symposium schedule:

8:30AM Registration and continental breakfast

9:00AM Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker

9:15AM Keynote Presentation: Julia Miller

10:15AM Break

10:30AM Post Codex Panel

Panelists James Reid-Cunningham, Bonnie Mak, and Macy Chadwick will discuss the idea of a post-codex period in our current era.  Their thinking, art, and study speaks to the post-codex period as the practice of reading is evolving.  Moderated by Ed Vermue.

12:00PM Break 

12:15PM Buffet lunch.  Please indicate any dietary restrictions on your registration form.

1:45PM Concurrent Sessions I

Option A: A Conversation with Julia Miller

Option B: Presentation by Kyle Holland, workshop and paper sales coordinator from the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation

2:45PM Break

3:00PM Concurrent Sessions II

Option A: Conservation of Scrapbooks

Conservators Jayme Jamison and Ashleigh Ferguson Schieszer will present two Ohio Public Library conservation treatments.  Differing preservation solutions will be discussed based on unique considerations, use, and condition of the materials. 

Option B: A History Dramatic and Useful: the 1748 Ephrata Martyrs Mirror

Carrie Phillips, archives and special collections librarian for Bluffton University, will share the story of one of the most significant codices to be produced in pre-revolutionary America.  Originally compiled by Dutch Mennonite Thieleman Janz van Braght, the collection of Anabaptist martyr stories known as the Martyrs Mirror documented religious persecution through the mid 17th century.  The work was eventually translated into German for use by Mennonite settlers in the new world, and the story of its evolution as the largest printing effort prior to the American Revolution is full of suspense, intrigue, technology, art, drama, irony, and war. 

4:00PM Concluding Remarks

Symposium location:

The Jessing Center at the Pontifical College Josephinum (near the US 23 and I-270 north interchange)

625 N High St, Columbus, OH 43235

Hotel accommodations:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Place Columbus/Worthington at the rate of $104/night. To secure this rate, please make your reservation with Hyatt Place by July 10 with code G-OHPC at (800)-993-4751.  

There are additional hotel options nearby, as well as a number of restaurants.

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