Ben Katchor’s talk, "Reading in Public," on the illustrated history of public reading rooms and libraries in New York City, was not recorded; however, the Q & A session after the lecture can be seen here. The talk, as part of the 10th Anniversary Seminar Series at the Bard Graduate Center, examined the conflicts that develop between readers and their books in public spaces.
Katchor is an Associate Professor in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons, the New School for Design. He is also an illustrator, designer, and author of five books, including The Jew of New York (1998), and most recently, The Cardboard Valise (2011). Katchor currently publishes a monthly strip in Metropolis magazine.
For more information on the 10th Anniversary Seminar Season at the Bard Graduate Center, visit bgc.bard.edu/