Exhibitions/Mar 23, 2015

Shedding Light on Antiquity: Forensic Imaging & Study of Ancient, Medieval & Modern Manuscripts

Shedding Light on Antiquity: The Forensic Imaging and Study of Ancient, Medieval and Modern Manuscripts, Annual Jay I. Kislak Lecture, Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, Washington, D.C., April 9 at 6:30pm

A lecture by Michael Toth, President, R.B. Toth Associates, followed by a roundtable discussion.

The conversation will focus on how new techniques help reveal hidden and previously unavailable information in ancient, medieval and modern manuscripts, and how these technologies advance the way scholars in the humanities and sciences interact with each other across disciplines. The conversation also will consider how broader global analysis, research and collaboration occur through the posting of images freely online.

John Hessler, curator of the Library of Congress Kislak Collection, will moderate the conversation, which will include Toth; William Noel, University of Pennsylvania; Chet Van Duzer, John Carter Brown Research Fellow; and Fenella France, chief of the Preservation, Research & Testing Division at the Library of Congress.

Michael B. Toth, president of R.B. Toth Associates, leads and manages projects utilizing advanced technologies for cultural-heritage studies around the globe. With more than 25 years of experience with technical integration, program management and strategic planning, he has led teams of scientists, scholars and technical experts as they help museums, libraries and other institutions make more data widely available for all. Toth was the program manager for the Archimedes Palimpsest Project at the Walters Art Museum and the Waldseemüller Map Project at the Library of Congress.