The Early Books Lecture Series XVIII was established at the University of Arizona by Dr. Albrecht Classen, University Distinguished Professor of German Studies. For nearly 20 years, University of Arizona scholars have invited the community to explore rare books held by Special Collections, a department of the University Libraries that provides primary resource materials for research and is open to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
The lectures are free and open to the public. This year's series is available in person and via Zoom.
Classen will address the question: What do we really know about the Middle Ages and its technological accomplishments?
Hollengreen will highlight the history of the Morgan Old Testament Picture Book, its lavish biblical picture cycles, and original lack of text.
Wu will investigate the history of the Ōbaku Canon in China and Japan and evaluates its role in reinventing the Buddhist textual tradition in the modern era.