Classic books are wonderful to view in a museum, but weren’t books meant to be touched? That’s the philosophy of The Remnant Trust, an educational foundation that loans out an extensive collection of rare books to universities around the country. Visitors can currently see, and feel, part of this collection at Trine University.
Works on display include a Gutenberg Bible leaf from 1455; a Koran from 1734; a 16th-century text of the Torah; an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation; and books by Copernicus, Galileo, and Darwin. The exhibit is open and free to the public. Groups of up to 20 can be accommodated with advanced notice. See below for a full schedule of dates and times the exhibit is open in September.
In addition, several Trine faculty and community members will be doing presentations on the various books this semester as part of the Humanities Symposia. See information below.
September Visitors Schedule:
|Monday||11 a.m. - noon, 3-4 p.m.|
|Tuesday||10 -11 a.m. and after Humanities Symposia|
|Wednesday||11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 7-8 p.m.|
|Sunday||11 a.m. - 1 p.m|
More information about the Remnant Trust at Trine University News.
Professor Sarah Young, Director of the Humanities Symposia, has released the schedule for the fall 2013 series of speakers. This fall is special since Trine University is currently hosting the Remnant Trust, a collection of rare books and manuscripts. Several of the talks will tie into works on display as part of the Trust in Wells Gallery. Audience members will have the opportunity to listen to presentations and then afterwards actually physically handle the original texts being discussed. The schedule for this fall follows:
- Things Fall Apart: Sparta at the Close of the Peloponnesian War (September 24)
- Isn’t Wendy Wasserstein Romantic? An Actor’s Story (October 1)
- Mechanically Speaking: From Galileo to Your Lunch (October 8)
- When an Irresistible Force Collides with an Immovable Object: Galileo’s Ego vs. the Church (October 22)
- In the Beginning Was the Word: The Biblical Texts of the Remnant Trust (October 29)
- Fatalities, Nighties, & Tom Hanks: Crossing the Uncanny Valley in Modern Media (November 5)
- Beyond The Origin: Charles Darwin’s “Other” Science (November 12)
- The Speech that Redefined America: Remembering the Gettysburg Address (November 19)