Meetings and Speakers Schedule




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Video Recordings have been made of speaker presentations at many Caxton Club events. Methods for sharing them are being explored.

May Dinner

Dinner and Annual Meeting, May 20, Union League Club, Crystal Ball Room

Christopher de Hamel

on the Coella Lindsay Ricketts collection at the Lilly Library

Christopher de Hamel is a renowned medieval manuscript expert and Donnelley Fellow Librarian of the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Dr. de Hamel holds four doctorates, two earned at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and two honorary degrees. He has written numerous books which have been translated into at least seven languages. A popular and well-known speaker, he has lectured on every continent except the Antarctic. His presentation to the Caxton Club will feature Coella Lindsay Ricketts (1859-1941), a member of the Caxton Club, professional scribe and illustrator, who established The Scriptorium on South Dearborn in Chicago. A Newberry Library exhibition in 1888 changed Ricketts’ life, firing a passion to collect medieval manuscripts in voluminous amounts. This program will examine his collections now residing at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington. Copies of Gilding the Lilly authored by Dr. de Hamel and featuring portions of the Ricketts collection will be available for sale and signing.

Also, please note that this will be the Annual Meeting of the Caxton Club. We will elect a new executive committee as well as our Class of 2018 for the Council. Please plan to attend.

May dinner: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. This program will follow our new format: spirits at 5, program at 6 with dinner to follow. Drinks are $5 - $9, Dinner is $48. Reservations are essential to attend either the program only or the program and dinner combination. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Please reserve no later than May 15 at 5 pm.

June Luncheon

On June 12 you’ll be taken on a lavishly illustrated journey to the inner sanctum of the special collections at the Chicago Public Library. Caxtonian Glenn Humphreys, who serves as head of rare books and manuscripts at special collections, will reveal the origins, holdings; and unexpected treasures that lie within.

June Dinner

On June 17 at the Union League Club, Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University, will use the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to examine the visual expression of this classic story. In a lavishly illustrated program, “Alice at 150: Artistic Visions as Visual Translation,” he will present artists’ and illustrators’ many efforts to portray Alice’s story beyond John Tenniel’s iconic imagery. This dinner will follow our new format: social hour at 5, presentation at 6, and dinner to follow. Plan to join us for the program closing our 2014-2015 Caxton year.