Type@Cooper - Trajan’s Column: The Typographic Legacy, AD113–AD2013

Trajan’s Column: The Typographic Legacy, AD113–AD2013


with Tiziana D’Angelo and T. Corey Brennan Paul Shaw




Mon., Dec. 02 – Mon., Dec. 02, 2013
6:30PM – 8:30PM
location: Rose Auditorium

For 1900 years Trajan’s Column has endured as a monument to the Roman Emperor Trajan (AD98–AD117). The capital letters inscribed on its base have also served as a models for the evolving Latin alphabet. Our speakers will examine the column from a variety of cultural, historical and typographic perspectives.

This event is co-sponsored with the New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association (APHA).
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Lecturer: Tiziana D’Angelo

Trajan’s Column: The Typographic Legacy, AD113–AD2013
Tiziana D’Angelo received her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Harvard University in 2013. She is currently a Jane and Morgan Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds a B.A. in Classics from the Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy, and an M.Phil. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford. Her research and curatorial interests include Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art and archaeology. D’Angelo has participated in archaeological excavations in Italy and Turkey, and held research fellowships in Cambridge (St. John's College), Oxford (St. Hugh's College), Rome (Phi Beta Kappa Society), Los Angeles (Getty Research Institute), and Berlin (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut).

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Lecturer: T. Corey Brennan

Trajan’s Column: The Typographic Legacy, AD113–AD2013
T. Corey Brennan is associate professor of Classics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick; he also taught at Bryn Mawr College. Brennan was appointed Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the American Academy in Rome, 2009-2012. His books are The Praetorship in the Roman Republic (2 vols., Oxford 2000) and (with Harriet I. Flower) co-editor of East and West: Papers in Ancient History Presented to Glen W. Bowersock (Harvard 2009), and has written many contributions on Roman history and culture.

Lecturer: Paul Shaw

Trajan’s Column: The Typographic Legacy, AD113–AD2013
Paul Shaw is a letter designer and graphic design historian. He is the sole proprietor of Paul Shaw / Letter Design, a studio specializing for thirty years in calligraphy, lettering and typography. Among his clients have been Clairol, Origins, Lord & Taylor, Campbell’s Soup, Cinzano, Vignelli Associates, and Pentagram. Paul was formerly a partner in LetterPerfect, a digital type foundry based in Seattle. Since 1980 he has taught calligraphy, lettering, typography and graphic design history at a variety of New York area design schools. Currently he is at both Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts. He writes on letter-related subjects for Print, Eye, Baseline, Letter Arts Review, and AIGA's Voice. His book Helvetica and the New York City Subway sold out in two months, with a trade edition planned to be published by MIT Press. In 2002 Paul was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Finally, Paul is the reigning authority on W.A. Dwiggins, having spent 30 years researching his life and work.

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