This year’s Barrs Lecture Series, “The Open Book: Medieval Data in the 21st Century” presented by William Noel, will be held October 16 at 4:00 pm in 346 Curry Student Center.

William Noel is the DIrector of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and Founding Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Noel’s expertise is medieval illuminated manuscripts and he is a vocal advocate for open, accessible humanities data. He is best known for overseeing the Archimedes Palimpsest project, which used multispectral imaging to reveal unique texts from the ancient world that were erased in the 13th century. Dr. Noel also teaches classes on medieval manuscript books and digitization at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School.