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Launch of Red Thread

Celebrate the launch of the Red Thread digital project and traveling scriptorium with an open reception:

Thursday, March 7, 2019
4:00–5:30 p.m.
Knight Library DREAM Lab

medieval painting

March 7, Knight Library DREAM Lab

About the Exhibition

Red Thread is a digital exhibition that explores the history of red pigments and the varied use of the color in material culture throughout civilizations. Featured objects in this exhibition come from the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum, and Knight Library’s Special Collections and University Archives. The exhibition is co-curated by Vera Keller, historian of science with the UO Department of History, with contributions of student research from Keller’s course Global History of Color, 1400-1900.

Accompanying the digital exhibition is a traveling scriptorium of rare books and manuscripts from Special Collections.

This project is supported by the UO Libraries Digital Scholarship Center Faculty Grants Program; Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; and the Department of History.

portrait of Vera Keller

About Vera Keller

Vera Keller is an associate professor of history, specializing in the history of science in early modern Europe. Her first book, Knowledge and the Public Interest, 1575-1725 (Cambridge, 2015), explored the once novel idea, now a truism, that knowledge should “serve the public interest.” She has also authored or co-authored numerous articles, most recently, “Deprogramming Baconianism: The meaning of desiderata in the eighteenth century” for Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science.