UPCOMING DARK ARCHIVES BOOK PROMOTION ONLINE EVENTS 

(Subject to change, all times listed in Pacific Time. Each event includes unique elements.)

October 5 4pm PT: Author reading and Q&A, Swann Galleries, New York. {Details here}…in which the author answers questions from collectors about human skin books.

October 15 12pm PT: Roundtable, The Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley. {Details here} …in which the author discusses testing an alleged human book at Berkeley, and unpacking the French Revolution as the origins for anthropodermic book rumors.

October 16 1pm PT: Rare Books LA featured speaker, “California Tanned Skin: The Human Skin-Bound Books of the Golden State” {Details here} …in which the author focuses on the stories behind the real and fake human skin books that have been held in California’s public and private libraries.

October 20 3pm PT: Publication Day! Author lecture/reading in conversation with Mütter Museum director and author Anna Dhody, The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia. {Details here} …in which we dive into the largest collection of proven human skin books in the world, complete with show and tell.

October 21 3pm PT: “The Bibliomaniacal Doctor: The Physicians Who Created Books Bound in Human Skin and the Patients They Were Made From.” Grolier Club, New York. {Details here} …in which the author explores how 19th century physician book collectors were the creators and market for human skin-bound books, while highlighting the Grolier’s own proven human skin book with its rare erotic content.

October 22 2pm PT: Author lecture/reading hosted by Corinne Elicone, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Boston. {Details here} …in which the author highlights the real and fake human skin books in the Boston area, and how the scientific testing of these books were developed in the region.

October 25 12pm PT: Author reading in conversation with medical historian, author, and TV host Lindsey Fitzharris. International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago. {Details here} …in which two author friends discuss medical history, explore the English alleged human skin books, and reveal their adventures that were cut out of Dark Archives.

October 26 3pm PT: Author lecture/reading, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. {Details here} …in which the author highlights the medical origins of human skin books and the specimens that reside in America’s Midwest.

October 29 7:30pm PT: Author reading in conversation with mortician,  author, and death positive activist Caitlin Doughty. Skylight Books, Los Angeles. {Details here} …in which two death positive friends discuss what human skin books tell us about how corpses were used and commodified in the past and how this history effects our present and future.

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SELECTED PAST EVENTS

Rosenbloom MC. “Death Positivity Now for the Future!” Dying Tomorrow. Invited Lecture and Panel. Swissnex San Francisco. November 9, 2019. Dying Tomorrow Video.

Rosenbloom MC. Books Bound in Human Skin and the Birth of Clinical Medicine. Guest Lecture presented at: University of California Riverside School of Medicine. March 18, 2019.

Death Salon Boston. Mount Auburn Cemetery. September 28-30, 2018.

Rosenbloom MC. Bloomsday Reading. Rosenbach Museum. Philadelphia, PA. June 16, 2018.

Rosenbloom MC. Willard L. Marmelzat History of Dermatology Lecture. Books Bound in Human Skin and the Birth of Clinical Medicine. UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomed Library. May 23, 2018.

Doughty C, Enguiados S, Rosenbloom MC, Sloane D. Panel discussion. How We Die: Approaches to Mourning, Burial, and Death. LA Times Festival of Books. April 21, 2018.

Rosenbloom MC, Doughty C, Fitzharris L. Doctors’ Orders for a Good Death. Panel discussion. USC Visions & Voices event. April 6, 2017.

Rosenbloom MC. Invited presentation. Morbid Anatomy Pop-Up. La Luz de Jesus Gallery. October 29-30, 2016.

Rosenbloom MC, Koudounaris P. Invited presentation. Strange Science: An Evening of Oddities. The Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens. October 28, 2016.

Rosenbloom MC. The Personal & Professional: Your Interests Unexpectedly Informing Your Library Service & Vice Versa. Invited Keynote Address. Australian Library and Information Association. ALIA West Symposium 2016. July 15, 2016.

Rosenbloom MC. A Book by its Cover: Identifying and Scientifically Testing the World’s Books Bound in Human Skin. Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences. Minneapolis, MN. 2016 Apr 28.

Rosenbloom MC. Roundtable on careers in the health humanities and arts. Panel Discussion. Medicine and the Image: The Visible Human. USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics. 2014 Nov 5.

Rosenbloom MC, Dhody A., Hark R., Kirby D. Skin Deeper: Identifying & Analyzing the World’s Books Bound in Human Skin. Panel Discussion. Death Salon: Mutter Museum. 2015 Oct 5.

Rosenbloom MC, Lockhard E. Death from the Doctor/Daughter Perspective. Panel Discussion. Death Salon: Mutter Museum. 2015 Oct 6.

Rosenbloom, MC. Swetsing Bullets: Managing Library Collections in the Face of Subscription Agent Bankruptcy. Paper presentation. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. Austin, TX. 2015 May 15-20.

Rosenbloom MC. A Will For the Woods film screening. Panel Discussion. USC Gerontology Department. 2015 Feb 18; Los Angeles, CA.

Rosenbloom MC. Books of the dead: death imagery from the library vaults. Public Lecture. Death Salon: San Francisco. 2014 Oct 11.

Rosenbloom MC. Books of the dead: death imagery from the library vaults. Invited Keynote Speaker. The Zamorano Club. 2014 Oct 1.

Rosenbloom, MC. “Branching out of the rare book room: expanding the role and reach of the health sciences special collections librarian.” Paper presentation. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. May 16-21 2014.

Wu, J., Chatfield, A., Hughes, A., Kysh, L., Rosenbloom, MC. “Mobile device usage at an academic health sciences library: what do they really want?” Paper presentation. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. May 16-21 2014.

Rosenbloom, MC. “A Thesaurus of Horrors: A History of the Fear of Premature Burial.” Public lecture. Los Angeles, London, New York, & Philadelphia, 2014.

Rosenbloom, MC. “Bringing Some Flash to Your Library’s Exhibits.” Lightning Talk Paper Presentation. Joint Meeting of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group. La Jolla, CA. July 24-26 2013.

Wu, J., Rosenbloom, MC. “Navigating the Waters of Cross-Institutional Collaboration.” Paper Presentation. Joint Meeting of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group. La Jolla, CA. July 24-26 2013.

Rosenbloom, M., Prottsman, MF. “Bringing back the librarian as collection curator in data driven acquisitions: a year-long experiment in next-generation e-book DDA in an academic health sciences library.” Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. May 3-8 2013.

Curran, MC. “Ill-Gotten Brains: The Grisly History of Sourcing Bodies for Anatomical Learning.”  The Bone Room. Berkeley, CA. October 20 2011.

Curran, MC. “The method behind the madness: explaining the philosophy behind RDA to technical services staff and non-technical librarians.” Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. May 13-18 2011.

Curran, MC. “Ill-Gotten Brains: The Grisly History of Sourcing Bodies for Anatomical Learning.” Observatory. Brooklyn, NY. April 22 2011.

Curran, MC. “Ill-Gotten Brains: The Grisly History of Sourcing Bodies for Anatomical Learning.” Machine Project. Los Angeles, CA. April 15 2011.

Curran, MC. “To Beta or Not to Beta: Considerations for Medical Libraries.” [Powerpoint]. Joint Meeting of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group. San Francisco, CA. February 23-25 2011.

Wu, J., Brennan, E., Chatfield, A., Curran, MC. “Emerging Technologies Committees: Exploring Potential, Improving Services.” [Powerpoint] Joint Meeting of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group. San Francisco, CA. February 23-25 2011.

Curran, MC. “Reconnecting patrons to medicine’s past: breathing new life into an underused medical rare book collection.” [Powerpoint] Joint Meeting of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group. Glendale, AZ. January 27-30 2010.

POSTERS

Wu, J., Brown, J., Rosenbloom, MC, Prottsman, MF. “Web-Scale Discovery: Is It a Building Block for Your Future?” Poster Presentation.  Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. May 16-21 2014.

Rosenbloom, M. “QR You? – Using QR Codes to Provide Access to the Medical Library’s Electronic Resources.” Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. May 3-8 2013.

Curran, MC. “Avoiding Obsolescence: A Professional Development Plan for Print Serials Staffers.” North American Serials Interest Group Annual Meeting. Palm Springs, CA. June 3-6 2010.