Thanks all for a riveting “City of Print 2020.” I learned so much from the many discussions, exchanges, and presentations we had on Zoom and during the exuberant virtual social hours.
Have a healthy and productive rest of the summer.
I leave you with a NYTimes editorial referencing “Rip van Winkle” , a tale that was on my mind throughout the Institute.
Here is a link for an upcoming Virtual Program at Bowne & Co.
James Hill’s “DeathWish” ends with a moving description of Jiggs on the shoulders of paraders singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” written by Johnson and set to music by his brother. Here is a youtube video on the history of the song. JWJ is interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
“Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Thanks for the great email exchanges this weekend. Here’s a pic I took Saturday during the rally at City Hall Park with Horace Greeley of the NY Tribune in the background.
Deborah Beirne’s hawking of her beloved Corona typewriter at an 8th Avenue Typewriter Store (in “An Ambitious Bum”) prompted me to search for this piece on NYC’s last typewriter store, not only still in operation, but apparently, going strong…
So much has happened since my team and I first began considering a second iteration of “City of Print” in 2019. We were thinking about how much the field of periodical studies had evolved since the first City of Print convened in 2015, and we were excited by the prospect of all the lively discussions we anticipated having in June of 2020.
In January, we were excited to receive a large number of applicants to the Institute. This pool of exceptional candidates illustrated the continued and growing interest in magazines, newspapers, and print history. Reading through the applications, we could not help but be excited at the prospect of convening a second City of Print. We were so looking forward to meeting all of you in person and to meeting together as a lively group of scholars in the city we love and study.
And then, in February, the pandemic came upon us. According to the NEH, our options were to cancel the program, postpone it, or develop an on-line version of the Institute. Although the City of Print would be different from our 2015 experience, we decided that an on-line program could still be robust and highly worthwhile, and might even have some strengths that are unavailable in a face-to-face setting. We committed ourselves to building another lively Institute.
But our historical moment appears to be relentless. In recent weeks, we learned with horror about the murders of unarmed African Americans at the hands of the police. The 2020 City of Print will therefore convene under the overlapping clouds of two pandemics—Covid-19 and systemic antiblack racism. This sober backdrop will undoubtedly be a part of City of Print as we meet (virtually) and discuss various topics related to print culture, spatial practices, the city, and the nation. We anticipate engaging with our objects of study, our disciplinary fields, and our moment in time.
On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to the City of Print 2020, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and sharing time with you.
I’m hoping to pool our resources together to purchase a Hearst residence for our Institute.
LINK TO ARTICLE: HearstApartment
At the end of book 5, chapter 4 of “A Hazard of New Fortunes,” Conrad Dryfoos, son of the millionaire backer “Every Other Week” goes by Brentano’s bookstore, right before he is shot and killed by a police officer during the start of the rail workers’ strike. As this NY Times article relates, Brentano’s at the time was located at the South Corner of 15th Street and Union Square, in a building owned by Tiffany and Company, designed by John Kellum (who also designed the New York Herald Building at Broadway and Ann Street).
LINK TO ARTICLE: TiffanyandCompany
John Kellum’s Herald Building at Broadway and Ann