Friends of the Library Events 2014-2015

14th Frederic Alden Warren Lecture - The Creation of a Christian Book Culture - John S. Kloppenborg

Location: George Ignatieff Theatre
Time: 8:00 pm
Contact: The Friends of the Library
RSVP by March 27, 2015 to or 416-978-2653.

The earliest followers of Jesus were drawn from sub-elite sectors of the Greek and Roman worlds, where illiteracy and semi-literacy were the overwhelming norm. In spite of this, second-century Christ groups quickly took steps toward the creation of a book culture. Both literary and material evidence suggests that literacy and literate culture were valorized: the principal agents of the Jesus movement came to be represented as skilled literate communicators; the book, perhaps even a codex, became a special symbol of a Christian confession; what might be called “textual communities” formed around the reading, study and preservation of books; and allusions to books and book culture were recursively embedded in Christian documents, so as to historicize those groups by grounding their beliefs and practices in other more ancient writings.

Corresponding to the valorization of literate media, we can also see in the construction of early Christian papyri the effort to produce texts that might be accessible to sub-élite readers. While the élite bookroll continued to reign in élite forms of sociability, epitomizing the social world of élite reading communities, these Christian scribes and lectors also created sub-élite textual communities, in which their books could be recited and discussed.

Trinity FelloJohn Kloppenborgw John S. Kloppenborg is a specialist in Christian origins and second Temple Judaism. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he has taught at the University of St. Michael’s College and the University of Windsor, been visiting Professor of Religion at the Claremont Graduate University, and is a fellow of Clare Hall (University of Cambridge).
His recent publications include Q, The Earliest Gospel: An Introduction to the Original Sayings and Stories of Jesus (2008), The Tenants in the Vineyard: Ideology, Economics, and Agrarian Confl ict in Jewish Palestine (2006), and Excavating Q: The History and Setting of the Sayings Gospel (2000). He is currently writing on the parables of Jesus, the letter of James, and cultic, professional, and ethnic associations in the Graeco-Roman world.

Thursday, October 22nd - Monday, October 27th : The 40th Annual Book Sale
Seeley Hall, Trinity College

Previous events 2014-2015

Tuesday, September 23rd: Friends of the Library AGM and Meet Mayo Moran: A Panel Interview & Reception with Trinity’s 15th Provost
AGM: Combination Room, Trinity College, 7:15 pm
Panel Interview: George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, 8 pm Trinity College

To RSVP: contact Julia Paris at (416) 978-2707 or

Thursday, October 23rd - Monday, October 27th : The 39th Annual Book Sale
Seeley Hall, Trinity College

Tuesday, December 2nd: Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Celebration: A Celtic Christmas
Seeley Hall, Trinity College, 7:30 for 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 29th: The 16th Archibald Lampman Poetry Reading with Dionne Brand
Combination room, Trinity College, 5:30 pm

Thursday, February 26th:  From Generation to Generation: the Gift of the Archives with Trinity College Archivist, Sylvia Lassam.
Combination room, Trinity College, 7:30 for 8:00 pm

¬úPrevious events 2013-2014:

1 April 2014 (Tuesday): The 13th Frederic Alden Warren Lecture
Medieval Outlaws, Exiles, and Stolen Stories, Andy Orchard. George Ignatieff Theatre, 8 p.m. Trinity College

12 February 2014 (Thursday): Framed Memory: The Centenary of WWI, John Plumpton, Combination Room, Trinity College, 7:30 pm.

21 January 2014 (Tuesday): The 15th Archibald Lampman Poetry Reading, James Arthur. Combination Room, 5:30 p.m.

5 December 2013 (Thursday): Annual Christmas Celebration. A Jazz Christmas: The Rev'd Tim Elliott with the Brian Barlow Trio & Judy Maddren Reading, Seeley Hall, 7:30 for 8 p.m.

24-28 October 2013 (Thursday): The 38th Annual Book Sale, Seeley Hall

19 September 2013 (Thursday): Friends of Library Annual Meeting
Guest speaker: Brian Gable: Editorial Cartooning: Cornerstone of Western Civilization7:30 for 8 pm in the Combination room, Trinity College

Previous events 2012-13

11 April 2013 (Thursday): The 12th Frederic Alden Warren Lecture: “You should have been there”: The competition between print and performance, J. Edward Chamberlin
George Ignatieff Theatre, 8 pm

28 February 2013 (Thursday): 14th Archibald Lampman Poetry Reading, Richard Greene
Location: Combination Room
Time: 5:30 pm

22 January 2013 (Tuesday): The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca, Carol Bishop-Gwyn, Combination Room, 7:30 for 8 pm

4 December 2012 (Tuesday): Annual Christmas Celebration, In Praise of Queen Anne (1533-1536) and Queen Elizabeth (1952 -  ), John Fraser, joined by the Trinity College Choral Scholars, directed by John Tuttle, Seeley Hall, 7:30 for 8:00 pm

20 September 2012 (Thursday): Annual General Meeting, Colonial Toronto on a Dangerous Frontier, 1793-1841 Carl Benn, Combination Room, 7:30 for 8:00 pm

18-22 October 2012 (Thursday through Monday):  37th Annual Book Sale, Seeley Hall