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eginning in 2003 the Tampa Library worked closely with the Department of Art and Art History in the College of the Arts at the University of South Florida to organize courses on exhibition research. The first two exhibitions, Bibles in the Age of Gothic Cathedrals and Books of Hours: Illuminated Devotion, were organized by Art History Professor Helena Szepe. Professor Szepe structured her undergraduate and graduate seminars to research the items on display. The students primary and secondary research produced the textual content for the accompanying exhibition catalogs. The Library's third Sacred Leaves exhibit, Liturgy and Devotion: Manuscripts from England to Ethiopia, featured liturgical and devotional texts from Europe and non-Western countries, curated by Lesley T. Stone. In 2007, the Library completed its fourth exhibit, Beyond the Quill … Printed Books, 1450-1500, also curated by Stone, featured incunabula, or, books printed before 1501. This exhibition included the first Sacred Leaves Symposium. The Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposium is sponsored by the USF Tampa Library Special and Digital Collections. Graduate students and recent recipients of M.A.s and Ph.Ds are invited to present papers on a specified topic or theme.  The Symposia, which include a keynote address by a prominent scholar, draw emerging scholars from around the world to USF each winter.

2010 marked the Library's fourth Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposium, whose keynote speaker and senior scholar was Dr. David Nirenberg, the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor - John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, Department of History, and in the College - The University of Chicago.

The Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposia are sponsored by the USF Tampa Library Special and Digital Collections. Graduate students and recent recipients of M.A.s and Ph.Ds are invited to present papers on a specified topic or theme.  The Symposia, which include a keynote address by a prominent scholar, draw emerging scholars from around the world to USF each winter.

Digitial images of individual leaves (manuscript and printed) used in all of the exhibitions are available in the Sacred Leaves Manuscript Collection online.

The items used for the exhibitions and symposia have been made available by a generous loan from a private collector and scholar.

Graphics by Pam Ward-Reagan