Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Rare Books "Petting Zoo"

Class

Article

College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Mentor

Susan Cogan

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Dr. Susan Cogan's History of Reformation Britain class (HIST 4250) is researching six different rare books in preparation for a "Rare Books Petting Zoo" at the Spring Student Research Symposium. A “Petting-Zoo” experience allows students to develop mastery of specific objects and to take those rare materials out into public spaces of the university to encourage interaction with the objects. This encourages students as both learners and teachers: they learn to develop the mastery required to teach the public about their objects on the day of the Petting Zoo. One of the most fun aspects of this event is that people who have never seen or touched a centuries-old book have the opportunity to examine it, touch it, and develop a sense of wonder about it. This project is conducted in collaboration with Jennifer Duncan, who is the Rare Books Curator and Department Head of Special Collections and Archives at USU. Ms. Duncan and Dr. Cogan will be present throughout all Petting Zoo activities to help ensure the proper handling and security of the rare books on display.

Location

The South Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 1:15 PM

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Rare Books "Petting Zoo"

The South Atrium

Dr. Susan Cogan's History of Reformation Britain class (HIST 4250) is researching six different rare books in preparation for a "Rare Books Petting Zoo" at the Spring Student Research Symposium. A “Petting-Zoo” experience allows students to develop mastery of specific objects and to take those rare materials out into public spaces of the university to encourage interaction with the objects. This encourages students as both learners and teachers: they learn to develop the mastery required to teach the public about their objects on the day of the Petting Zoo. One of the most fun aspects of this event is that people who have never seen or touched a centuries-old book have the opportunity to examine it, touch it, and develop a sense of wonder about it. This project is conducted in collaboration with Jennifer Duncan, who is the Rare Books Curator and Department Head of Special Collections and Archives at USU. Ms. Duncan and Dr. Cogan will be present throughout all Petting Zoo activities to help ensure the proper handling and security of the rare books on display.