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  • Please join us for the Houghton Undergraduate Fellows Showcase. Presentations from all six 2017 fellows on their projects which touch on physics, poetry, open access, truth, authorship, 18th century fiction, psychedelics, book arts, interactive fiction, and more will be followed by a celebratory reception. Friday, Sept. 29th from 3-5 p.m. in Houghton Library’s Edison and Newman Room. Free and open to the public.
  • Houghton Library: Who Cares? A 75th Anniversary Symposium
    October 5-6, 2017
    This year Houghton Library, Harvard University’s primary rare books and manuscripts library, marks its 75th anniversary. We’ve acknowledged the occasion in many ways, but with this symposium we seek to resist the themes of comfortable reflection, appreciation, and celebration that attend anniversaries. Instead, we intend to examine our legacy, mission, and our path forward through the lens of the question: who cares? Free to register
  • 107th George Parker Winship Lecture now available to view online. Watch Harvard professor Ann Blair speak about The Objects of Houghton Library: Past, Present and Future
  • We’re having a party and you’re invited! In 2017 Houghton Library turns 75. Join us for a year-long series of events, including exhibitions, film screenings, and open houses, in celebration of the library’s 75th anniversary. For further information on how you can celebrate with us, see houghton75.org
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