Lunch with the Libraries: Women of the Book Exhibition with Curator Kelsey Champagne (A&S '15)

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Sponsored by the Sheridan Libraries & University Museums, the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries, and the Office of Alumni Relations Lifelong Learning, Arts and Entertainment Industry Networks.

Join Curatorial Postdoctoral Fellow Kelsey Champagne (A&S '15) for a virtual introduction to the exhibition Women of the Book: The Spiritual Lives of Early Modern Women, 1450–1800 on view in the George Peabody Library Exhibit Gallery through January 31st. Though the voices of women were largely absent from traditional historical sources, the Women of the Book Collection turns that problem on its head through its focus on extremely rare or unique sources of evidence of the institution of female monasticism—the world of nuns and convents dedicated to enlivening, sharing, and preserving the spiritual, intellectual, and interior lives of women for the wider world, in manuscript and in print. This exhibition of treasures from the collection paints the world of these holy women in living color—from psycho-spiritual autobiographers, bilocating nuns, rockstar status saints, ecstatic mystics, and female healers, to the hidden careers of women printers and engravers and miracle makers.

Tour the exhibition with Curators Kelsey Champagne and Earle Havens on Wednesday, December 7th at 10AM at the Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Space is limited. Email to reserve your spot for the in-person tour - include how many in your party.  

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Disclaimer: The perspectives and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) during this program are those of the speaker(s) and not, necessarily, those of Johns Hopkins University and the scheduling of any speaker at an alumni event or program does not constitute the University’s endorsement of the speaker’s perspectives and opinions.

A zoom link will be sent to all registrants ahead of the webinar.

ABOUT Kelsey Champagne, Ph.D. (A&S '15)
Curatorial Postdoctoral Fellow, Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance, Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Kelsey Champagne earned a Ph.D. in History and Renaissance Studies from Yale University in 2021, where she wrote a dissertation on the resilience of Catholic communities in Scotland, Maryland, and the West Indies in the face of severe persecution at the hands of British imperial power. She is now the Stern Center’s inaugural Curatorial Postdoctoral Fellow, where she has been involved in all academic and public programming for the Center, including organizing lectures, conferences, and international master classes, teaching undergraduates, and mentoring Ph.D. candidates interested in the field of curatorship. Dr. Champagne also worked as Co-Curator of the Women of the Book exhibition, highlighting the intersection of spirituality and the written word across media in the lives of early modern Catholic women. She is currently studying the material culture, ritual practices, and economic history of a Florentine convent in the mid-18th century from a diary and inventory meticulously recorded by the convent’s keeper of the Christmas presepio in the Women of the Book collection.

 Event Date
Monday, December 5, 2022
Start Time: 12:00pm EST
End Time: 1:00pm EST


Virtual (Zoom)
Baltimore, MD 21218

Office of Alumni Relations
Erin Jakowski
Sr. Associate Director of Lifelong Learning

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