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Second Saturday Conversation – Too Much to Read: Victorian Periodicals, Bibliographical Utopianism, and the “Bad Indexer”

September 10, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This event is presented in partnership with the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of English and College of Arts and Sciences.

About Second Saturdays

Second Saturday Conversations feature interesting sci-tech and engineering speakers and topics in an informal setting. The programs are held in the Linda Hall Library Main Reading Room from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

The exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Free admission and parking. Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.

The speaker

Dr. James Mussell is Associate Professor of Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Science, Time, and Space in the Late Victorian Periodical Press (2007) and The Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age (2012).  He is one of the editors of the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008) and two publications on W.T. Stead: W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary (2012) and a special issue of the journal 19.  From 2008-2015, Dr. Mussell was editor of the Digital Forum in the Journal of Victorian Culture and, from 2013-2015, led the AHRC Research Network “Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Culture of Science, 1875-1940.”  At Leeds, Professor Mussell serves as the Director of the Centre for the Comparative History of Print, an interdisciplinary research center that considers forms of print culture, from the hand-press era to digital printing, in different places and periods.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Door open at 6:00 p.m.


Eric Ward
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Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.

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