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Hitting the Books at Alumni College 2007

"My husband and I did the '77 canoe trip to Gilman Island," says Leslie Finertie '77, "and the moment we got back, we hustled to Rauner Library to catch 'The Rise of the Book,'" a seminar taught by Special Collections Librarian Jay Satterfield, as part of Alumni College at Reunion 2007, June 8 through 17. Using 15th-century manuscripts and books from the Rauner collections, Satterfield explored the subject of moveable type. He shared with the class a leaf from an Italian religious missal. "How often can you touch a 500-year-old manuscript?" asks Finertie.

For the hundreds of alumni who included Alumni College among their Reunion week activities, the classes were a sheer delight. The most extensive Alumni College at Reunion ever offered, this year's schedule included 65 classes, taught by 48 Dartmouth faculty members and administrators.

Finertie was deeply impressed by the experience. "I would've come to Reunion anyway, but when I found out about all the Alumni College classes being offered, I made sure I got there early."

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Last Updated: 5/30/08