Friendships, clubs, teams and service trump cliques and isolation — but students find that real bonding takes more than just hanging out. “It’s only when we forget” what an open, engaged community requires of its members, one says, “that it becomes closed.”
Anchored by, but hardly limited to, three major collections — the Beinecke Collection on the Lesser Antilles; the works and papers of poet Ezra Pound, Class of 1905; and imprints by and about American communal societies — the holdings in Hamilton’s Special Collections and Archives are Burke Library’s gems.
Students in Professor of English Margaret Thickstun’s class “The Experience of Reading: Books as Stories, Books as Objects” visited the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown this winter to try their hands at the meticulous process of setting type and operating an early printing press. The class focuses not only on the content in books, but also the cultural and physical experience of reading and how it has changed over time.