Introducing CalRBS International!
Kicking-off Summer 2022 in Northern Italy (Details Forthcoming!)

CalRBS International is a one-of-a kind continuing education experience that immerses participants in book and library history through unique itineraries abroad. CalRBS-International is part seminar, historical immersion, hands-on craft-making, and multi-city tours. By immersing participants in international spaces, the intention of CalRBS-International is to enrich historical understandings of book and library history by learning the living, contemporary trends in book and artifact collecting, artisanship, publishing, and institutional programming. Imagine, for example, learning about the rich history of Italian printing along the rivers of Modena, the canals of Venice, or the mountainside of Treviso. Or perhaps, learning the centuries-old craft of washi papermaking along the shores of Japan, or the bourgeoning publishing industry in the bustling city of Mexico City. We will visit cities of significant import to the history of books, publishing, and libraries, while also examining how these histories speak through the present by visiting bookbinders, papermakers, library collectors, printers, and the like. Participants can expect tours of sites significant to book and library history, interspersed with seminar-style discussions, hands-on opportunities to participate in local craft-making, and visiting world-renown library and artifact collections. We will bring you, the participant, to living history as it exists outside the boundaries of the classroom.

CalRBS International will formally begin in Summer of 2022 when participants will have the opportunity to explore the historical and contemporary cultures of bookmaking, printing, library collecting, and papermaking in Northern Italy. Sites of particular interest will include Modena, Treviso, Prato, Florence, Urbino, and Fabriano. Along the way, we will meet craft-makers, experience lectures by subject specialists, and enjoy the local cuisines and antiquarian marketplaces of these vibrant cities. And above all, you will travel with participants that share an equal fascination and fondness for a uniquely immersive education in what CalRBS knows best: rare books, librarianship, archives, and manuscripts.

CalRBS is also currently investigating Mexico City, Mexico (Ciudad de México) as our 2023 international site.

More information on this initiative (including tuition costs, itinerary, and registration details) will be posted in Spring/Summer 2021, so please do watch this space.

CalRBS International Northern Italy Faculty:
Robert D. Montoya, Director, CalRBS
Sean E. Pessin (CalRBS International Core Faculty)
Paul Vangelisti

Modena - Wikipedia