On Thursday, March 26, 4 p.m., in 1014 Tisch Hall, Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak will present the lecture, "Printed Matter Before the Printing Press." The talk follows the Institute's 2013-15 theme, "Materials of History." This event is free and open to the public.

From the lecture abstract: With a focus on seals and on documentary sealing in Western Europe between the 8th and 13th centuries, this presentation will argue that it was the process of their manufacture, the act of their imprinting, that imbued seals with the particular potency they had during the Middle Ages. 

Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak is Professor of History at New York University (NYU) and affiliate Professor at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. She is currently at work on a monograph devoted to printed matter in the Middle Ages, and on a special issue of issue of the journal, The Medieval Globe, devoted to "Seals: Imprinting Matter, Exchanging Impressions."

This lecture is part of the Thursday Series of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.