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BSA Programs for Spring 2020 – UPDATED (In-Person Only)

March 12, 2020, 6pm – Postponed until further notice.
The Segal Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue, New York City
Hernando Colón’s Library Catalogues: Lecture by Dr. Seth Kimmel. Co-sponsored by the Renaissance Society of America and the CUNY Program in Global Early Modern Studies.
Free and open to the public.

March 13-14, 2020 – Cancelled until further notice. For details, visit the RGME website.
Princeton University
The BSA is a co-sponsor of the Research Group for Manuscript Evidence Spring Symposium “From Cover to Cover.” Registration is required.

March 26, 2020, 2-6:30pm – Postponed until further notice.
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Ends of the Earth: Polar Exploration, Print Culture, and Climate Change
Symposium features talks by Dr. Hester Blum and Dr. Gillen Wood and a display of items from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s polar collections. A full schedule is available online.
Please register in advance online. A video of the talks will be made available on the BSA’s YouTube channel for those who cannot attend in person.

March 31, 2020
Please share your intention to join the Margaret B. Stillwell Legacy Society as a Founding member by this date. Click here for more information.


April 2-4, 2020 – Cancelled. Read a message from RSA President Dr. Clare Carroll, here.
Philadelphia, PA
The BSA will sponsor three sessions at the Renaissance Society of America’s 2020 Conference. These panels are:

Click here for the full conference program.
Registration required.

April 15, 2020
Proposals for events due to the Program Committee. For more information and a link to the application, click here.

April 23-25, 2020 – Now moved online! Click here to register for remote participation.
In-person events postponed until November 12-14, 2020. For details, visit the American Contact website.
Princeton University
American Contact: Intercultural Encounter and the History of the Book
Most sessions are free and open to the public. Closing Roundtable, “The Future of Americanist Book History and Intercultural Encounter” sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America.

June 10, 2020
Chapel Hill, NC
Touch to See: Disability and Bibliography Workshop at the Wilson Library, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, led by Dr. Amanda Stuckey, of the Department of English at Kutztown University.
Registration required, opens in April.

June 24, 2020, 3:30-5:30pm Postponed until further notice.
Senate House Library in London, England
Feminist Bibliography Masterclass led by BSA member Sarah Werner, co-sponsored by SHARP, the Institute for English Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Maggs Bros. Ltd.
Registration required, details forthcoming.

June 24, 2020 – Cancelled
Rare Book and Manuscript Conference (RBMS), Indiana University at Bloomington
The BSA will sponsor the Rare Book and Manuscripts (RBMS) Conference session, “Active Learning for Paleography Instruction in Special Collections.” This session will feature a brief presentation on the history and importance of paleography instruction in enabling researchers across disciplines to access and use unpublished sources. Participants will also receive demonstrations of instructional modules, from the traditional to the complex, with an emphasis on active-learning approaches that encourage students to become invested partners in skills development. The workshop will be moderated by Sarah Powell; speakers are BSA member Heather Wolfe (Folger Shakespeare Library), Julie Fisher (American Philosophical Society), and Matthew Carter (University of North Carolina, Greensboro). Registration required. For more information, and to register, visit

July 16-18, 2020
Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas at Austin
The Long Lives of Early Printed Books: A Seminar” led by BSA member Dr. Aaron T. Pratt, Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center.
By application only, applications now closed. Applicants will be notified in March.