The publications that will be on display in the Villa Museum represent a century of academic endeavour, printing styles and layouts, cover designs, publishing trends and fluctuations in tertiary education.
The University’s Publications Collection consists of publications by and about every person and everybody connected with the University. It also includes publications dealing with the University itself.
Born as recently as 1979 thanks to a decision by the Senate, the collection is growing not only forwards but also backwards in time. Continuous search is being conducted for stray publications from the decades before 1980. As they’re found the strays will be added to the collection.
To complement the TUKSbooks exhibition, a series of informal talks by UP staff members who are experts in their fields will take place daily around lunch time in the Villa Museum. Topics include Leonardo's da Vinci and the telescope, identifying plants, on death and dying and children's rights. The programme of this UniverCity series is available at http://www.bookjol.up.ac.za/TUKS.htm.
Among the authors expected to meet visitors at the Villa Museum for such talks is Judith Bishop – a top National Research Foundation (NRF) rated woman computer scientist in South Africa.
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