UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Tia Blassingame, Ben Blount, and Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty — members of the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective — will be the distinguished speakers at the 2022 Penn State University Libraries Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts on Thursday, March 31 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. via Zoom.

During the virtual event, titled “Book Arts Advocacy: a Conversation with Members of the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective,” Blassingame, Blount, and Tamar will discuss their work, the collective, and the role of book arts in expression and amplify calls for racial justice and social change. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required.

Founded in 2019 by Blassingame, a book artist and printmaker, the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective brings scholars of book history and print culture into conversation and collaboration with artists from around the world. Black, Indigenous and Colored (BIPOC) Book and Paper Makers. , curators, letterpress printers and engravers to create community and support systems.

“Bringing together three speakers from the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective for a conversation, this year’s Mann Lecture is unlike any other,” said Jennifer Meehan, Library Manager of the Eberly Family Special Collections. “This event provides a platform to organize a vital and timely conversation about the role of the book arts in defending and promoting social and racial justice, and the role of libraries and special collections in supporting these efforts. through collections, services and partnerships.”

About the speakers

Tia Blassingame is a book artist and printmaker exploring the intersection of race, history and perception. Using printmaking and book art techniques, she renders racially charged images, stories for nuanced discussion of issues of race and racism. In 2019, she founded the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective, which has over forty members. Blassingame is an assistant professor of art at Scripps College, where she teaches book arts and serves as director of Scripps College Press.

Ben Blount is a Detroit-born artist, designer, and typographer who enjoys books, typing, and ink on paper. He shares his passion for print and design by teaching and speaking to students and educators across the country. His artist’s books and prints are in many collections, including the Newberry Library, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Blount prints and designs at MAKE, her studio located just north of Chicago in Evanston, Illinois.

Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty is the director of Libraries and Archives at the Smithsonian. She is a faculty member at UCLA California Rare Book School. In addition to her extensive work with rare and distinctive collections, Evangelestia-Dougherty is a published author and public speaker who has presented nationally on topics of inclusivity and equity in bibliography, administration and literacy. primary source. She currently serves on the boards of Digital Scriptorium and the American Printing History Association.

About the Charles W. Mann Lecture

The Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture on Book Arts is named for the first Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair for Special Collections in University Libraries. This annual event, featuring scholars with areas of scholarly research related to materials held in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, is made possible by the Mary Louise Krumrine Endowment and the generous support she provides, and is sponsored by Penn State University Libraries. If you would like to learn more about this endowment, special University Libraries programming, or would like to help support events like this, please contact Bob Darrah, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at [email protected] ed.

Sign up here for “Advocating for Book Arts: A Conversation with Members of the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective.” For more information about this event or the Mann Book Arts Lecture, please contact the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at [email protected] or 814-865-1793.