Announcing a Semester of Carberry Celebrations!

Josiah S. Carberry at the foot of the John Hay Library staircase.

Josiah S. Carberry at the foot of the John Hay Library staircase.

”Never before has anyone so well captured who Josiah S. Carberry is and who he is not” – Truman Grayson on Made Not Born: The Wife and Dimes of Professor Josiah S. Carberry

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] Brown University Library is excited to announce that this semester the University’s best known, least seen Professor, Josiah S. Carberry, will be researching in New England and that he might or might not visit campus every Carberry Day!

Professor Josiah S. Carberry, called by the New York Times “The World’s Greatest Traveler,” has been a member of the Brown Faculty since 1929, specializing in the field of psycho-ceramics (translated as “cracked pots”).  Since 1955, at the request of an anonymous donor, the University Library has collected gifts toward the Josiah S. Carberry Fund in memory of Josiah’s future late wife, to purchase “such books as Professor Carberry might or might not approve of.” Every Friday the 13th (Carberry Day) friends of the University deposit their loose change in cracked pots to augment the fund

We hope that you can attend the below Carberry events, and that Carberry can too:

Josiah Carberry Society Luncheon
On Friday the Thirteenth of September, the Josiah Carberry Society will host a luncheon in the Professor’s honor at the Brown University Faculty Club. The buffet will include foods from the Carberry Cookbook: From Nuts to Soup and a short program about the making of Made Not Born: The Wife and Dimes of Professor Josiah S. Carberry. The cost will be $26.62; checks made out to Brown University, and sent to Box A, Providence, RI  02912, will reserve your place. 

Screening of Made Not Born & Reception
And later that evening (Friday the Thirteenth of September) at 5:30pm, find out who Professor Josiah S. Carberry is and who he is not, when Friends of the Library Board member Don Wilmeth presents the biographical documentary “Made Not Born: The Wife and Dimes of Professor Josiah S. Carberry,” in the Rock’s new Digital Scholarship Lab. Snacks from The Carberry Cookbook: From Nuts to Soup and discussion will follow.  This event is free and open to the public.

Carberry Cookbook Sale, Signing, and Demonstration
On Friday the Thirteenth of December, at 3pm, Connie Worthington, Carberry Cookbook editor and member of the Carberry Fund Half-Cohort will host a Carberry Cookbook sale, signing, and cooking demonstration (with free food!) in the Laura and David Finn Reading Room at the Rock. Perhaps there will be chocolate chicken! Perhaps fried dandelions or Oysters Rockefeller Library! Perhaps there will not! Come see staff from Brown Faculty Club to find out!

Carberry Society Dinner
And later that evening (Friday the Thirteenth of December), a dinner in the professor’s honor, hosted by the Carberry Society and the Friends of the Library, will be held at the Brown University Faculty Club (cost $40).  To reserve a seat or a table, contact JosiahCarberry13@gmail.com.  Cash bar at 6; dinner at 7; a talk “The philately of Ionian Revetments” may or may not follow.

#JosiahCarberry
As part of this momentous semester of events, every Friday this fall the Library will share materials from the Carberry Archive and Carberry Cookbook recipes. Check the Library’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for Carberry treasures. And, if you spot the Professor in his travels, or find traces of what might or might not show he’s been somewhere, please share on Instagram using #JosiahCarberry with an explanation! A repository will be viewable at Library.brown.edu/josiahcarberry.

The Turkey Carberry!
In anticipation of the Carberry Celebrations – Josiah’s Dining Hall has also crafted a new menu item.  The Turkey Carberry is two 5.5 oz grilled turkey burgers on a bulkie roll.  Enjoy this with all the fixings including the new complimentary sauce, cranberry, honey, and sage. This yearlong celebration is only $6.70 and includes fries and a fountain drink.

Brown University Library is home to more than 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives serving the teaching, research, and learning needs of Brown students and faculty, as well as scholars from around the country and the world.

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913

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