Special Collections After Hours: Winter 2022

Poster describing the After Hours events for the Winter Semester of 2022

We are excited to continue our online After Hours open houses this semester! Join the Special Collections Research Center on the second Tuesday of each month 4-5 pm for a virtual encounter with our collections. While all the events are online, we have offered an in-person option for the first session in the series. All are welcome to beam in and join us.

January 11, 2022| Spanish Treasures at the University of Michigan Library (Hybrid Event)

February 8, 2022 | Book Launch: In Contempt: Defending Free Speech, Defeating HUAC 

March 8, 2022 | From the Archive to the Page: The Later Films and Legacy of Robert Altman

April 12, 2022 | Kelmscott at the Special Collections Research Center

Full-page painting on parchment depicting Christian iconography and members of the Mansilla family in pious attitude. Executoria de hidalguia de sangre en propiedad a pedimiento de Don Juan de Mansilla. Valladolid, 1636
Full-page painting on parchment depicting Christian iconography and members of the Mansilla family in pious attitude. Executoria de hidalguia de sangre en propiedad a pedimiento de Don Juan de Mansilla. Valladolid, 1636 

Our first After Hours open house will take place on January 11, 4-5:30 pm: Spanish Treasures at the University of Michigan Library. The Special Collections Research Center holds an extraordinary collection of early printed books published in Spain from the fifteenth century onward. Particularly significant are the holdings illustrating the Golden Age of Spanish literature in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, that is, the so-called “Siglo de Oro," which includes world-renowned writers like Garcilaso de la Vega, Miguel de Cervantes, and Francisco de Quevedo.

Join us at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom or in person! Curator Pablo Alvarez will give an opening presentation from 4:00-4:30 p.m. via Zoom for both online and in person attendees — a tour of artifacts as witnesses of how literary masterpieces such as El Lazarillo de Tormes or Don Quixote were published and read centuries ago, as well as additional documents illustrating some of the political and religious anxieties of Spanish society at that time, including books produced by the formidable Holy Inquisition.

For the rest of the allotted time, while in-person attendees browse the material on display in Room 660D in the Special Collections Research Center (on the 6th floor of the Hatcher Library), Alvarez will answer questions from everyone, online and in person. 

Please register here. If you plan to attend virtually, you'll receive a Zoom link via email. If you plan to attend in person, registration is appreciated but not necessary.