The History of Paper

Facilitator: Sylvia Panella, 631-3608, Dates: Tuesday afternoons, September 10 – October 29, 2019 Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Text: Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky Presentations: Required

The history of paper is one of transmission. Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. It has formed the foundations of civilizations, has caused wars and revolutions. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in evermore efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literary media, religion, education, commerce and art. This course will enable us to follow the paper trail and explore its origins and evolution, from papyrus to the new technologies, the pressure on environmental issues, the concept of “saving a tree,” electronic billing, etc. and ponder upon the fact whether paper will always exist or disappear.