By Paul Gunther
April 9, 2013
A message from our President, Paul Gunther
I am pleased to announce the advent both online and in situ of the Institute’s Library. It is the collective result of generous foresight on the part of so many ICAA stalwarts over these first 20 years sharing a commitment to the printed book alongside the sort of Wen catalog that brings the collection to bear in contemporary discourse. It is located in the Henry Hope Reed Classroom just as Mr. Reed heralds his 98th year. There are so many contributors but Seth Weine, Taylor Harbison, and Henry himself merit particular praise.
I attach here the permanent link created by our cherished colleague, Nora Reilly, who has served as our founding librarian and catalog architect as she completes her Master in Library Science at Queens College CUNY. Her work leads the way to scope and access. A further introduction to the library and its services, which will find a permanent home on the ICAA website in the next week, can be found here. Please take advantage and spread the word. Appointments for use can be arranged with due facility; we do so while also sustaining a central role in safeguarding accumulated knowledge as originally conceived in line with our mission’s founding principles.
I also commend John Flower of Flower Construction and Zepsa Industries for contributing so abundantly to the library’s beautiful build-out designed by Richard Cameron and Andy Taylor in accordance with the underlying blueprint conceived now eight years ago by Gary Brewer and his fellow volunteer architects at Robert A. M. Stern. Tom Jayne’s contributing paint palate sealed it.
With our limited resources and with the generous support of donors like you at all levels, we endeavor constantly to advance our public service to the classical tradition.
Please know that with the budding advent of The Classicist No. 11, Steven Semes, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Notre Dame, has accepted the consulting post of its Editor following as he does in the esteemed footsteps of Dr. Richard John, who is now completing issue No. 10 for publication later this year. We hope you agree that a multiplicity of viewpoints is what is called for in the Institute’s varied educational efforts.
We welcome to the national staff Kathleen Maloney as Development & Membership Associate, who will be working with David Ludwig in sustaining and expanding the national network that has proved so essential to our overall impact and well being. Make sure to introduce yourself when next coming by.
Finally I call last-minute attention to the imminent celebration the 32nd annual Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition on May 6 at New York’s landmark University Club. To learn more, including the proud roster of laureates, visit classicist.org.
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