Fisher Video Lectures

PJ Carefoote, the head of the University of Toronto's Rare Books and Special Collections, traces the process by which one generous donor planted the seeds for the University’s medieval collections with a bequest of two manuscripts in 1901. That modest donation has blossomed into almost a hundred bound volumes and several hundred leaves which are in constant use in our reading and seminar rooms to the delight of visitors, students, and professors alike.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

During one of his 'Table Talks' Martin Luther said that 'printing is God’s ultimate and greatest gift. Indeed through printing God wants the whole world, to the ends of the earth, to know the roots of true religion and wants to transmit it in every language. Printing is the last flicker of the flame that glows before the end of this world.' In this lecture, PJ Carefoote, the head of the University of Toronto's Rare Books and Special Collections department, builds upon the exhibition he curated for the Fisher in 2017 that focused on how Luther was prescient, and understood how printed text would become one of the most important instruments lighting the way into the modern era.

Monday, April 27, 2020

PJ Carefoote, the head of the University of Toronto's Rare Books and Special Collections department, provides an overview of the history of book censorship, with a particular emphasis on materials held at the UofT's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Toronto artist, painter, and printmaker Charles Pachter delivered the 2019 Johanna and Leon Katz Memorial Lecture where he talked about his work in the book arts, including his many collaborations with Margaret Atwood. The lecture was delivered on Thursday May 9, 2019.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Daniel Wakelin, Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography, University of Oxford, delivered the 2019 George Kiddell Lecture on the History of the Book. Titled ‘The ABC of Medieval English Writing,' the lecture was delivered on March 27, 2019.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

James Spyker speaks about his friend Greta Golick, and her importance to the Toronto bookbinding community. Greta's research and notes form the core of the exhibition Uncovering the Book, which runs at the Fisher Library to August 16, 2019.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Canadian artist and wood engraver Wesley Bates delivered the 2018 Alexander C. Pathy Lecture in the Book Arts, the second lecture of the 2018/19 Friends of Fisher lecture series. Bates spoke about his career as an artist and the art of the wood engraver. The lecture was held at the Fisher Library on Wednesday October 10, 2018.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Nick Wilding, Professor of History at Georgia State University, delivered this year's John Seltzer and Mark Seltzer Memorial Lecture on his work detecting Galileo forgeries. Held on Wednesday September 19, 2018, it was the first Friends of Fisher lecture of the 2018/19 season.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On April 23, 2018, the Fisher Library announced that it had acquired the 1481 publication of Cicero's De Amicitia (treatise on friendship) and De Senectute (treatise on old age), printed by William Caxton. This book is now the oldest English-language book held in Canada. Listen to the Fisher's PJ Carefoote discuss both Caxton and the importance of this book being added to the Fisher's collections.

Monday, April 23, 2018

This year's George Kiddell Lecture on the History of the Book was delivered on March 21, 2018, by Dr. Peter Blayney, University of Toronto Department of English, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers, and authority on the early London Book Trade.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018