Lunch with the Libraries: Spanish Sueltas and the History of Publishing in Spain

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Sponsored by the Sheridan Libraries & University Museums, the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries, and the Arts, Entertainment, Media, and Entrepreneurship Affinity

Join Dr. Mack Zalin and learn about the Sheridan Libraries' recently acquired collection of comedias sueltas, a remarkable assortment of more than a thousand ephemeral editions of Spanish plays from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. In addition to discussing the context of their original production, Dr. Zalin will also talk about how the JHU sueltas are being used for teaching and research in special collections at Johns Hopkins and beyond. This program will be presented on Zoom. A link will be shared in advance of the program.

We encourage attendees to read this short overview of comedias sueltas in advance of the talk.

Don't miss our other programs in our Lunch with the Libraries Series:
December 10th - A Virtual Tour of Tin Pan Alley

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ABOUT Dr. Mackenzie (Mack) Zalin

Dr. Mackenzie (Mack) Zalin is Librarian for Classics, Comparative Thought and Literature, Jewish Studies, and Modern Languages and Literatures in the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. He earned a PhD in Classical Studies from Duke University and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Zalin oversees collection development, reference, and instruction in the Sheridan Libraries for French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, and Yiddish languages and literatures.

In addition to his regular duties at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Zalin serves as the chair of the Advisory Board of the American Office of L’Année philologique to the Society for Classical Studies. He is also an ex officio member of the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique. His recent contributions to the Comedias Sueltas USA project are discussed in a forthcoming article co-authored with Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum in the Bulletin of the Comediantes.

 Event Date
Friday, November 19, 2021
Start Time: 12:00pm EST
End Time: 1:00pm EST

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