Taped lectures

Presentation with Leah Whittington at the Harvard Art Museum, 13 Nov 2020 (closed captioning available at the link):

“The Objects of Houghton Library: past present and future,” George Parker Winship Lecture, Houghton Library, April 20, 2017.

“Paratexts and Print in Renaissance Humanism,”  Panizzi Lectures, British Library, December 9, 10, and 12, 2019. Podcasts:




“The Place of the Mechanical in Liberal Studies,” Mahindra Humanities Center Lecture, Harvard, October 25, 2016

Podcast on the Paratexts of Conrad Gessner in conversation with Dennis Duncan, April 2016.

"Hidden Hands: amanuenses and authorship in early modern Europe," The 2014 A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography, University of Pennsylvania, March 17-20, 2014. Three lectures entitled: "Hidden Helpers," "Hands and Minds at Work," "Amanuenses and Authorship."

Conferences organized

Presentation with Leah Whittington on Texts in Transition at the Harvard Art Museums, Nov 13, 2020


Co-organized with Kaspar von Greyerz a 3-day symposium on "Physico-theology in England and on the European Continent (1650-c.1750)" at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, June 14-17, 2017

Co-organized with James Hankins a one-day conference on "God and the Philosophers in the Seventeenth Century," for the Harvard Colloquium in Intellectual History, Center for European Studies, Harvard, April 8, 2016

Co-taught with David Hall a one-week intensive course at Houghton Library for the Rare Book School, entitled "Book Production and Social Practice in Early Modern Europe and America," December 6-11, 2015; and again January 9-13, 2017

Co-organizing with Nicholas Popper, Daniela Bleichmar, and Liza McCahill, a symposium in honor of the 65th birthday of Anthony Grafton at Princeton University, May 8-9, 2015

Co-organized with Leah Price a workshop on "New Tools and Methods for Note-taking" (Nov 7, 2011) and a conference "Take Note" (Nov 1-2, 2012). Co-curated with Gregory Afinogenov and Leah Price a virtual exhibit featuring examples of note-taking in the Harvard collections.
Virtual exhibit:

Co-organized with Leah Price two workshops on “Paper and paperwork” (October 16, 2009) and “Early paper: transmission and techniques” (February 12, 2010), and a conference “Why Books?” (October 28-29, 2010) at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. For early paper see; for Why Books?:
Annual graduate student conference in book history, first held May 6, 2010 at Harvard:
Annual Harvard-Princeton graduate student conferences in early modern European history,"From studiolo to street." Co-organized with Anthony Grafton. Held in Cambridge Jan 17-18, 2008; in Princeton Jan 15-16, 2009; in Cambridge Jan 14-15, 2010. Next conference in Princeton Jan 13-14, 2011. Websites:;
Co-organized with Virginia Reinburg, Moshe Sluhovsky and Barbara Diefendorf. A symposium to celebrate the 80th birthday of Natalie Zemon Davis, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, with funding from different entities at Harvard, Nov 7-8, 2008
On-line at

Co-organizer with Jennifer Milligan of a Radcliffe Exploratory Seminar entitled "Opening up the Archives," featuring 12 invited speakers on the history of archives in early modern and modern Europe, China, and colonial Peru and India. April 21-22, 2006.
Website resulting from the workshop, featuring resources for the social history of archives.

Co-organizer with Anthony Grafton of a conference at the Folger Library, entitled "Revisiting the early modern book: a continental view," featuring more than 20 scholars in five sessions on the printing, publishing, circulation, ownership and readership of early modern books in continental Europe. March 9-11, 2006.