“The Role of Libraries in a Culture of Reading and Writing”

Sven Birkerts

Alumni House, UNCG
Thursday, October 17, 2002
7:30 p.m.

Sven BirkertsSven Birkerts

Birkerts & HulbertBirkerts with University Librarian Doris Hulbert

Birkerts & Stuart DischellBirkerts with Professor of English Stuart Dischell

A videotape of the presentation will be deposited in the University Archives

Sven Birkerts teaches at Mount Holyoke and Bennington College. In addition to his well-known book The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age, he is the author of many other books, essays, and articles. A 1974 graduate of the University of Michigan, Birkerts has received several prestigious national awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation Award, a Danforth Certificate for Distinction in Teaching, the P.E.N. Speilvogel/Diamondstein Citation for Best Book of Essays, and a National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.

His most recent book is My Sky Blue Trades: Growing Up Counter in a Contrary Time.

Mr. Birkerts' visit was supported in part by a LIVE! @ your library grant. LIVE! @ your library is an initiative of the American Library Association, with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation