Radcliffe Institute Conference Explores the Past and Future of Note-taking

Features Notes and Materials in Harvard University Libraries and Museums
November 2, 2012

Karla Strobel

Cambridge, Mass.—November 2, 2012—Today, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study's "Take Note" conference brings together more than 300 participants and scholars from literature, history, media studies, information science, and computer science to explore the past and future of note-taking.

"There is a complex story behind what is written in the margins and between the lines, whether on the page or on the screen. Take Note helps unlock these stories," said Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University. "This event is an example of our commitment to bring together an array of disciplines, as well as Harvard's museums and libraries—including our own Schlesinger Library—to learn from one another and to share knowledge with the public."

The Radcliffe Institute's "Take Note" conference kicks off with the launch of a new virtual exhibition showcasing the range of notes and note-taking materials in libraries and museums across Harvard University. The exhibit features collections that include an ancient Egyptian papyrus listing articles of clothing, transcriptions of oral lessons on 14th century Japanese falconry, notations from a 1927 experiment testing the iron lung, and publisher's edits to the cookbook Italian Food, and a composer's drafts as he worked out his ideas for a piano concerto in the 1980s.

Today's "Take Note" speakers examine the history of note-taking in different disciplines and the potential of emerging digital annotation tools on panels throughout the day including, "Virtual Exhibition of Notes in Harvard Libraries and Museums," "The Past and Future of Note-Taking," "From Theater to Laboratory," and "Digital Annotation Tools."

WHEN: Friday, November 2, 9 AM–4:30 PM

WHERE: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA


From the convenience of your newsroom or home, you can watch the "Take Note" live webcast. Join the conversation at #radtakenote.

About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public. The Schlesinger Library documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute's commitment to women, gender, and society. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu

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