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Irish Art Class Experiences Manuscripts

Students in Dr. Marice Rose’s Medieval Irish Art seminar recently had the unique opportunity to see and handle books related to their studies in Fairfield’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library, and then apply what they learned to authentic medieval manuscripts during a trip to an exhibition at New York City’s  Jewish Museum.

Students examine Fairfield's own facsimile of the Book of Kells.

Archivist Elise Bochinski demonstrates Fairfield's copy of the St. John's Bible (http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/)

Kaitlyn Butler, Class of 2015: “Being able to physically turn the pages of the books and to admire the dedication of these monks gave me a greater appreciation for these works. These events truly enhanced our learning experience in a way that may not have been encountered within a classroom.”

Seminar students at the Jewish Museum, before visiting the exhibition of ancient books "Crossing Borders: Manuscripts From the Bodleian Libraries"

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/15/books/crossing-borders-opens-at-the-jewish-museum.html?smid=pl-share

Kelsey McGettigan, Class of 2014: “I feel so lucky that we were able to see manuscripts that are never going to be that easily accessible again.”

 

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