Berry College’s Liberty Tree Week@Berry continues on Wednesday, April 29, with “The First Information Revolution: The Lost Gutenbergs,” a presentation on how a limited series of historically accurate, precise Gutenberg Bible reproductions were made.
Tim Yancey, master bookbinder, will present the 50-pound Bibles in various stages of production and explain how the project came about.
Providing historical context for the first information revolution will be Kathy McKee, professor of communication and former associate provost at Berry College.
After Yancey’s presentation, Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center in both Washington D.C., and in Nashville, will lead a short discussion about religious expression and freedom of information in America today.
The event begins at 6 p.m. in Berry College’s Science Auditorium. Admission is free, and cultural events credit is being offered.
The presentation is one of several events scheduled as part of the Liberty Tree Initiative program.
Yancey is a partner in Bookbinders Workshop, which launched in February 2007 to build the Lost Gutenbergs. He acquired a single set of the reproduction Gutenberg Bible pages by winning it at auction.
Along with partner Michael L. Chrisman, a world-renowned bookbinder and expert in book restoration and conservation, Yancey began the daunting task of researching and procuring the materials needed to restore the biblical texts and make them available to the public. Yancey and Chrisman then set out to investigate the possibility of purchasing and restoring the rest of the “lost” Gutenberg sets – 120 in all – missing since 1961.
In addition to directing the First Amendment Center, Policinski is a veteran journalist whose career has included work in newspapers, radio, television and online operations. He oversees operations and programs of the Center and is co-author of the weekly syndicated newspaper column, “Inside the First Amendment,” and executive producer and host of the national touring multimedia stage production, “Freedom Sings.”
McKee, who has been at Berry College since 1986, was recently appointed editor of Journalism & Communication Monographs by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. McKee also serves on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Mass Communication & Society and has reviewed for the Journal of Advertising and Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. She is also co-author of two books, Media Ethics: Cases & Moral Reasoning (Allyn Bacon Longman, 2008) and Applied Public Relations: Cases in Stakeholder Relations (Erlbaum, 2005).
The Liberty Tree Initiative is an informal coalition of educators, journalists, librarians, artists and authors with a shared interest in building awareness of the First Amendment through education and information. It was founded in partnership with the American Society of Newspaper Editors, with help and support from the Knight Foundation, the McCormick Foundation and the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.
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