SPEAK TO THE PAST AND IT SHALL TEACH THEE.
The inscription is the self-proclaimed motto of the JCB Library and is a variation of a passage from the Book of Job, Chapter Twelve, Verse Eight. This statement influences our experience and recordings of historical events and artifacts. Furthermore, the statement demands that we engage in a dialogue with these artifacts, elevating the ideas of agency and material culture to the upmost importance.
Blog posts by the students of Claudia Moser’s class ARCH 1764: 25 Things! 250 Years of Brown’s Material Past.