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NEH Seminar

Guest Speakers

Three groundbreaking scholars have accepted invitations to participate in our seminar to contribute additional viewpoints and expertise: Earle Havens, Susan Tucker, and Katherine Ott. The visiting faculty will provide a range of historical perspectives on the development and use of commonplace books and scrapbooks, particularly in the exploration of medicine, gender, and race.

Earle Havens Profile

Earle Havens, Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries

Earle Havens is the William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He will introduce the history of the commonplace book in early America.

Katherine Ott Profile

Katherine Ott, Smithsonian, National Museum of American History

Katherine Ott is the Curator of Science and Medicine at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. She will guide us through the role scrapbooks played in folk medicine and that of 19th century medical practitioners. Her research areas include the history of the body, ethnic and folk medicine, gender and sexuality, as well as visual and material culture, particularly ephemera.

Local archivists and librarians will introduce us to their collections. They include: Head of Special Collections and Archivist Gene Hyde and Archives Specialist Colin Reeve at D. H. Ramsey Library, UNCA Asheville; Archivist Heather South, Western Regional Archives; Zoe Rhine, Archivist, Pack Library NC Room; and Dr. Karen Paar, Director and Archivist, Ramsey Center, Mars Hill University.

Susan Tucker Profile

Susan Tucker, Tulane University, Newcomb Archives

Susan Tucker is the Curator of Books and Records, Newcomb Archives and Special Collections at Tulane University, New Orleans. She will help place the scrapbook as a material object into historical context and discuss how the form can be an expression of gender and racial identities.

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