The Futures of Handwriting

April 12-13, 2019 – Louisville, Kentucky

Conference registration for general attendees is free and on-site at the Chao Auditorium in Ekstrom Library, which is located on the University of Louisville's Belknap Campus.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Hager, Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor, Department of English, Trinity College, Author of Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing (2013) and I Remain Yours: Common Lives in Civil War Letters (2018). 

Dr. Hager will deliver his talk, "Struck Out: The Illiterate Hand on the Literate Page," at The Filson Historical Society. The lecture is free and open to the public. Attendees must register through the Filson's site.


Sponsored by Archives & Special Collections, The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, the Department of Comparative Humanities, and the Department of English at the University of Louisville, and The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School in collaboration with The Filson Historical Society.

Special thanks to The Wittreich Family and The Council of Graphological Societies

Organizing Committee:
Delinda Buie, University of Louisville
Heather Fox, University of Louisville
John Garcia, California State University - Northridge
John Gibson, University of Louisville
Mark Alan Mattes, University of Louisville

Selections Committee:
Abby Glogower, Filson Historical Society
Frank Kelderman, University of Louisville
Mark Alan Mattes, University of Louisville
Susan Ryan, University of Louisville
Karl Swinehart, University of Louisville

Web and Graphic Design:
Brandon Harwood, University of Louisville
Jason Seitz, University of Louisville
Steven Skaggs, University of Louisville

Brandon Harwood, University of Louisville
Janna Tajibaeva, University of Louisville

Graduate Intern:
Erin O'Reilly, University of Louisville

Please direct all inquires regarding The Futures of Handwriting to the conference chair,
Dr. Mark Alan Mattes
Department of English
University of Louisville