CLIS Student Chapter of the American Library Association

Speaking of Books Event: Wednesday, Nov. 7th September 19, 2007

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Robert Friedel, professor of history at the University of Maryland,
will discuss his new book, “A Culture of Improvement: Technology and
the Western Millennium,” on Wednesday, November 7, beginning at
4:00 p.m. in McKeldin 6137.

Among the questions Professor Friedel poses in his book are:
Why does technology change over time, how does it change, and
what difference does it make? Surveying a thousand years of
Western history, he argues that technological change comes largely
through the pursuit of improvement--the deep-rooted belief that
things could be done in a better way.

Professor Friedel’s talk is a part of the series
“Speaking of Books … Conversations with Campus Authors,”
organized by the University of Maryland Libraries' Humanities Team.
Copies of “A Culture of Improvement” will be available for purchase,
and Professor Friedel will sign books following his talk. 

Refreshments will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.   

For further information about the talk, contact Eric Lindquist
at 301-314-7266 or; or Tim Hackman at 301-314-8521 or
For further information about the “Speaking of Books” series,
consult the “Speaking of Books” website (

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