Bibliographer among the Humanities: A Symposium to Honor Michael Winship’s Career

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Sponsored by:
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Library Company of Philadelphia
University of Texas at Austin

MICHAEL B. WINSHIP is one of the world’s most important bibliographers. From his work for the Bibliography of American Literature and A History of the Book in America to his mentoring of generations of scholars of the book through Rare Book School, he has shaped humanities fields at every level and by every means. We celebrate the occasion of his retirement from the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin—and his move to Philadelphia—with “A Bibliographer among the Humanities: A Symposium to Honor Michael Winship’s Career.” Former students, colleagues, and friends will gather at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Kislak Center for Special Collections at the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library to reflect upon Winship’s accomplishments, influence, and legacy.

Full Schedule Below:

Friday, May 1, 2020

Venue: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

4:00PM Convene and Preview Women Get Things Done: Women’s Activism from 1860 to 1880 with Curator Cornelia King
5:00PM Welcome from Michael Barsanti, Director of Library Company of Philadelphia


Matt Cohen, U of Nebraska-Lincoln

Roger Stoddard [in absentia], Houghton Library [retired]

Molly Hardy

James Green, Library Company of Philadelphia

6:00PM to


Reception and Toast

Ellen S. Dunlap, American Antiquarian Society

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Venue: The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

10:00AM Welcome from David McKnight, Director of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, U of Pennsylvania
Winship as Historian of Printing and Publishing

Scott Casper [in absentia], U of Maryland, Baltimore County

Jeff Groves [in absentia], Harvey Mudd College

Hester Blum, Pennsylvania State U

Michaël Roy, U Paris Nanterre

Lindsay DiCuirci, U of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Chair: Lynne Farrington, Kislak Center

12:00 Winship as Teacher

Kristen Hogan, Barnard College Library

Alisha Knight, Washington College

Greg Barnhisel, Duquesne U

Jean Lee Cole, Loyola U Maryland

Eric Lupfer, Humanities Texas

Catherine Turner, U of Pennsylvania

    Chair: John Pollack, Kislak Center

2:30PM Winship as Bibliographer

Nicole Gray, U of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ken Carpenter, Harvard U Library [retired]

Meredith McGill, Rutgers U New Brunswick

John Bidwell, Morgan Library

    Chair: Sam Streit, John Hay Library, Brown U. [retired]

4:30PM Winship and Beyond

Jordan Alexander Stein, Fordham U

Elizabeth McHenry, New York U

Nora Benedict, U of Georgia

Matthew Brown, U of Iowa

Lisa Gitelman, New York U

Joanna Brooks, San Diego State U

    Chair: Daniel Traister, U of Pennsylvania Libraries [retired]

6:00PM to


Reception and Toast

Terry Belanger, Rare Book School [retired]