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Dordt English professor receives national recognition

April 17, 2012

Dordt College professor Dr. Robert De Smith has been selected from a national applicant pool to participate in “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603,” a 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar.

Directed by John N. King of Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University, the summer seminar is a five-week-long examination of “the manufacture and dissemination of printed books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603).” De Smith will share his interest in how the Protestant Reformation affected English readers as well as his fascination for early books as artifacts.

Along with other seminar residents, De Smith will visit Antwerp, Belgium, and Oxford, United Kingdom (“Twin poles of our study of hand-press book production, the history of the book, and the history of reading,” said the program website), as well as London’s Senate House Library and the British Library.

De Smith will view and study rare books and manuscripts at the Bodleian Library and the Duke Humpfrey’s Library at Oxford University, as well as explore the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp – the world’s “only surviving Renaissance printing and publishing house.”

As current chair of Dordt College’s English department, De Smith has taught English literature at Dordt for 25 years.

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