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April 15, 2003

Fourth Annual Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lecture on the Hebraic Book To Be Held

Topic Is "The Hebrew Book As Artifact"

Brad Sabin Hill, dean of the library and senior research librarian at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Library in New York, will deliver the fourth annual Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lecture on the Hebraic Book at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the Whittall Pavilion, on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are not required.

Hill contends that the Hebrew book has commonly been treated as a "thing of the spirit" rather than a "material object." In his lecture on "The Hebrew Book As Artifact," he will address some of the external, physical, aesthetic, graphic, and visual dimensions of printed Hebraica, among them the materials of print (vellum, paper, ink), ornamentation, illustration, title-page design, and the conjunction of manuscript and print, from the earliest days of Hebrew printing in Italy until the end of the European period.

The Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lecture features scholarly presentations on Hebrew manuscripts and printed books, as well as on documentary and textual materials in other Hebraic languages, such as Yiddish and Ladino. The scope of the lectures reflects the wide-ranging and eclectic interests of Myron Weinstein (1927-1998), who served his entire 29-year career at the Library of Congress in the Hebraic Section. He served as chief of the section from 1980 until his retirement in 1984. In 1991, following his retirement, he edited the commentary volume of the facsimile edition of "The Washington Haggadah," a 15th-century illuminated Hebrew manuscript housed in the Library's Hebraic Section. The lecture series is made possible by a grant from the Weinstein family.

The Hebraic Section, now part of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress, began operation in 1914; it concentrates on Jewish culture, Israel, the Hebrew language, biblical studies, and the ancient Near East. A guide to the Library's Hebraic and Judaic collections was published in 2001 as one of a three-volume set of softcover, highly illustrated descriptive guides to the collections of the African and Middle Eastern Division. The set is available from the Library's Sales Shop for $37. Call (888) 682-3557 for credit card orders.

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PR 03-066
04/15/03
ISSN 0731-3527

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