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April 12, 2011

Two Nights with Distinguished Historian Robert Darnton Complement Paris: Life & Luxury



Blogging, Now and Then (250 Years Ago)
Thursday April 28, 2011 at 7 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

Long before the Internet, Europeans exchanged information in ways that anticipated blogging. The key element of their information system was the anecdote, a term that meant nearly the opposite then from what it means today. Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library at Harvard University, explains how anecdotes became a staple in the daily diet of news consumed by readers in 18th-century France and England.


Street Songs and Sedition in 18th-Century Paris: A Cabaret-Lecture
Saturday April 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

In 18th-century Paris, most information traveled through oral systems of communication, and the most powerful means of transmission was song. Parisians composed new verses to old tunes nearly every day. The songs provided a running commentary on current events. In this presentation, Parisian cabaret artist Hélène Delavault sings historical songs and, with Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library, Harvard University, explains their complex meanings.


Admission to both events is Free. Reservations recommended. Call (310) 4407300.


About Robert Darnton

Robert Darnton is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, and Director of the Harvard University Library, at Harvard University. From 1968 to 2007 he taught at Princeton University. Darnton has written and edited two dozen books and received numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and honorary doctorates from the University of Paris IV Sorbonne, the University of Versailles, and the University of Bordeaux, among others.

Related Exhibition

Paris: Life & Luxury
April 26—August 7, 2011

Evoking the elegant, prosperous world of Rococo Paris, this major, international loan exhibition brings to life activities that took place inside a Parisian town house over the course of a typical day—from dressing and letter writing to dining, music, and other evening entertainments. Paris: Life and Luxury unites prime examples of the extraordinary creative virtuosity of the period’s great artists and craftsmen, including furniture, fashion, silver, paintings, sculpture, musical instruments, clocks, and books. Rarely shown together, these objects literally and figuratively open up, allowing their functions and the parts they played in the fine art of eighteenth-century Parisian living to be understood by contemporary visitors.

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