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Messiah College Humanities Symposium explores the past and future of the book

January 30th, 2012

GRANTHAM, Pa. (Jan. 30, 2012) — The book is among the most significant and transformative inventions of human civilization; its past and future is the topic of this year’s humanities symposium at Messiah College. The symposium is a six-day exploration of how the book has been transforming our social, cultural, economic, religious and political lives and civilizations for many centuries. Anthony Grafton, president of the American Historical Association, Henry Putnam University Professor of History and chairperson of of the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University is delivering the symposium’s keynote lecture Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium in the Eisenhower Campus Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

About Anthony Grafton
Anthony Grafton is a world renowned scholar in cultural and intellectual history with a special focus on books and readers. Grafton is the author of 10 books and the co-author, editor, coeditor or translator of nine others. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement, among others. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1989) and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (1993).

Grafton joined the Princeton history department in 1975 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

About the Humanities Symposium
In addition to Grafton’s keynote lecture, Owen Gingerich, professor emeritus of astronomy and the history of science at Harvard University, will lecture Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Boyer Hall 131 about “The Book That Nobody Reads: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus.” This lecture is cosponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science.

Messiah College faculty, students and alumni are also discussing the influence of the book in lectures and colloquiums both on Messiah College’s Grantham campus and, for the first time, at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore (1302 N. Third Street, Harrisburg) on Feb. 25. All events are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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