Symposium and opening of Virtual St. Pauls at Hunt Library, November 5.

Symposium and opening of Virtual St. Pauls at Hunt Library, November 5.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

NC State University Symposium Nov 5:  “Preaching, Performance, and Public Space in Medieval and Early Modern England”

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Design, and the NC State Libraries will sponsor a symposium, entitled “Preaching, Performance, and Public Space in Medieval and Early Modern England,”  on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Teaching + Visualization Lab of the James B. Hunt Library, on NC State’s Centennial Campus. 

Featured will be an address by John Schofield, archaeologist for St Paul’s Cathedral in London, author of St. Paul’s Cathedral Before Wren (2011), and former Curator of Architecture at the Museum of London.  The title of Dr Schofield’s address will be Reconstructing Medieval St Paul's Cathedral.”

 The symposium will also feature a panel of speakers on topics related to the subject of Dr Schofield’s address.  They include the following:

 Carol Symes (History, Theatre, and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois) --         "Sightlines, Soundscapes, and the Shaping of a Medieval Public Sphere"            

Tom Barrie (Architecture, NC State University) -- “The Medieval Cathedral: Multiplicity of Use and Interpretation”

Anne MacNeil (History of Music, UNC-Chapel Hill) -- “The Way-Back Machine: Digital Tools for Study of the Distant Past”

Heather Hyde Minor (History of Architecture, University of Illinois) -- "The St. Paul's that Wasn't"

 This symposium is being held in conjunction with the official opening of an installation of the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project, a digital humanities project recreating John Donne’s sermon for Gunpowder Day, November 5, 1622.

 The opening ceremonies will also take place in the Teaching and Visualization Lab of the Hunt Library at 10:00 am on the morning of the 5th, the 391st anniversary – to the day, day of the week, and hour of the day – of Donne’s sermon.

The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been directed by John N. Wall, a professor of English literature, and David Hill, a professor of architecture, at NC State.

The installation will be in the technology-rich Teaching and Visualization Lab of NC State’s new Hunt Library. It will feature an immersive digital recreation of Paul’s Churchyard, outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London, in November of 1622, and a performance of Donne’s sermon delivered in original pronunciation in an acoustic model of the space for which it was written.

Demonstrations of the installation will be provided at the symposium.

Parking for visitors and NC State permit holders is available in the parking decks on Partner’s Way on Centennial Campus.


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