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No Luncheon in April!
Attend the Symposium on April 18 instead.
Better yet, add the tour on April 17.

Our annual Symposium returns to the Newberry this year, as it does in all odd-numbered years. This time, the topic is “The Ethics of Book and Paper Conservation,” and the speakers include Jeanne Drewes of the Library of Congress, Marcia Reed of the Getty Research Institute, and Michele Cloonan of Simmons College. A concluding panel includes Bruce McKittrick, Paul Ruxin, Scott Kellar, and Russ Maki. Saturday (April 18) is without charge and open to the public, no reservations required, though if you wish a box lunch (instead of going out to lunch) you will need to reserve.

For those who can spare time on Friday, there are two additional opportunities: an all-day bus tour will take you to see conservation in action at the Art Institute, the University of Chicago Library, and Graphic Conservation Company. The day will cost $68 and requires reservations. Then on Friday evening, there will be a social hour and dinner at the Newberry Library (including a tour of the Newberry’s conservation facilities) for $60. Reservations are required by Monday, April 13.

April Dinner

Wednesday, April 15, Union League Club

Nick Wilding

“The Forgery of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius

Nick Wilding, of Georgia State University, will discuss his discovery of the forgery of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius. This forgery, perhaps the biggest book scandal in the last 150 years, was covered by The New York Times and became a featured article in The New Yorker. Wilding will explain how his detective work uncovered the forgery that fooled the experts, and he will explore the scope of the fraud and its impact on the world of book collecting. This story continues to reveal itself as the details concerning those involved are exposed. Following the presentation, copies of Professor Wilding’s latest book, Galileo’s Idol, will be available for sale and signing.

April dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. This will be a reverse program. Timing: 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 by April 10 at 5 pm.