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Upcoming Events

BSA programs take place both in-person and online. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Society has canceled in-person events and is exclusively hosting virtual events for the time being. This page will be updated with details about resuming in-person events when it is safe to do so. Registration is required for all of the virtual events scheduled for 2020 and into 2021.

In all BSA events, the material text – that is, the handwritten, printed, or other textual artifact, broadly conceived – as historical evidence, and/or the theory and practice of descriptive, historical, and/or critical bibliography, should be a central concern to participants and organizers.

All of the events listed below will be live captioned in English by a professional from ACS Captions, with accompanying machine-generated translations of live-generated captions into Spanish.

Upcoming Virtual Events: Summer 2021

All of these sessions will be recorded for later viewing on our YouTube channel. All of BSA virtual events are free and open to the public, though registration is required. Visit registration pages via the links below for full descriptions and presenter bios.

June 22, 2021 (2pm EDT) – BSA New Scholars Program, Q&A Session

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The Bibliographical Society of America is pleased to invite prospective applicants to its New Scholars Program to join us for an information session on the program itself and the application process. We also invite academic faculty, librarians, booksellers and others interested in encouraging their students or mentees to apply to the program to attend.

Prospective applicants are invited to attend to ask New Scholars Selection Committee Chair Barbara Heritage and Vice Chair Cynthia Gibson questions about the program.

For more details on the New Scholars program including eligibility and application information, please visit the New Scholars page on our website and watch the 2020 information session recording on YouTube.


June 26, 2021: International Kelmscott Press Day

Organized by the William Morris Society, the 125th anniversary of the publication of the Kelmscott edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Four years in the making, with illustrations by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, and designed by Morris in every detail, the Kelmscott Chaucer, as it is commonly known, is universally considered one of the most beautiful books ever printed. Kelmscott Press Day’s focus, however, will extend beyond it to encompass the whole of William Morris’s “typographical adventure,” which exerted great influence on the private press movement and the modern book. Details on the various events held by partner institutions on the Morris Society website.

July 1-August 12: 500 Years of Mexican Books / 500 Años de Libros Mexicanos

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On the occasion of the anniversary of the so-called “conquest” of Mexico, this series of presentations addresses the relationship between bibliography, the history of the New Hispanic book, and the production of Indigenous-language books in Mexico. The series includes two roundtable discussions and five lectures by Marina Garone Gravier on the print production of New World languages, publishing criteria of Indigenous languages in New Spain, the uses of books in the teaching of Indigenous languages at the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico, the collaboration of Indigenous calligraphers, typographers in the elaboration of books in New Spain, and the participation of printers as agents of the colonial edition in native languages.

Recorded presentations (in Spanish) will be released all summer on the UNAM Chicago YouTube Channel with captions in English. Registration is required for the opening (July 1) and closing (August 12) roundtables.

  • July 1 (Zoom with registration), Bibliography and the History of the Book in Indigenous Languages: Reflections on the Fifth Centenary
  • July 8 (YouTube), Books for the Languages of the New World
  • July 15 (YouTube), New Spanish Editions in Indigenous Langues of Mexico
  • July 22 (YouTube), Books and Indigenous Languages at the Royal University of Mexico: The Otomí and Nahuatl Chairs
  • July 29 (YouTube), Designers of the Native Language: Calligraphers and Indigenous Typographers in New Spain
  • August 5 (YouTube), Agents of the Colonial Edition in Indigenous Languages
  • August 12 (Zoom with registration), 500 years of Mexican Books in Indigenous Languages: Current Studies and Future Perspectives

Organized by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Chicago Campus, in collaboration with the Bibliographical Society of America.

Co-hosted and co-sponsored by the Center for Renaissance Studies and the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library.


Recorded Webinars Available on YouTube

Click here to peruse the playlist of recorded webinars on the BSA’s YouTube Channel.

The Society is working to be sure that accurate captions in English and Spanish are uploaded for YouTube videos within 2 to 3 weeks of posting online. Thank you for your patience as we work through the kinks in implementing this new program!