Books Aren’t What They Used to Be

Code: SL12501

Dates: November 8-22, 2021

Meets: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Sessions: 3

Location: ONLINE

Course Fee: $66.00

There are still openings remaining at this time.

Join Jim O'Donnell and spend one session on what it was like to read an ancient Greek book on a papyrus scroll (the Odyssey), one session on what it was like to read a medieval Latin book in a parchment codex (the Bible), and one session on what the heck it is like to read a new book today on some device or other (title to be revealed later). If the medium is the message, how do all the changes in the medium change how we read – and what we read?
Fee: $66.00

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Jim O'Donnell

Jim O’Donnell is the first person in human history ever to decide that rocket science is boring because it was what he grew up watching middle-aged men in blue suits doing from 9 to 5. He set out to find something edgy, dangerous, and thrilling, and so naturally took to the study of Greek and Latin. He has taught at Bryn Mawr, Penn, Georgetown, and Arizona State University, serving as Provost at Georgetown and now University Librarian at ASU. He has been a pioneer in digital scholarship, teaching, and publishing, and his 1998 book *Avatars of the Word: From Papyrus to Cyberspace* explores the long history of reading and media.



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