Why Books? | Welcome Remarks and Opening Conversation

Friday, October 29, 2010

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Organized by Leah Price ’91, RI ’07, Professor of English, Harvard College Professor, and Senior Advisor in the Humanities at the Radcliffe Institute, and Ann Blair ’84, BI ’99, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Harvard College Professor, “Why Books?” probes the form and function of the book in a rapidly changing media ecology. Speakers from a variety of disciplines—literature and history to sociology and computer science—discuss the public-policy implications of new media forms and explore some of the major functions that we identify with books today: production and diffusion; storage and retrieval; and reception and use.