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Visiting Distinguished Fellow
Susan Bielstein

Susan Bielstein is the Executive Editor for Art, Architecture, Film, and Classical Studies at the University of Chicago Press, where she is also a member of the Press's Digital Publishing Task Force.

Ms. Bielstein's book, PERMISSIONS, A SURVIVAL GUIDE:  BLUNT TALK ABOUT ART AS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, published this spring, has been prominently featured in an article about art history and its publishers that appeared recently in Chronicle of Higher Education, and has been favorably reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement and Museum News. 

Ms. Bielstein has worked with such institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, the Tate, and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art to copublish exhibition catalogues and other publications.  She conceived and developed the book series "Cinema and Modernity" and a specialized imprint funded by the Getty that explores the relationships among art and science. As an employee of the Press she has served as an advisor to the Bodleian Library regarding the development of their publication program. Ms. Bielstein is involved in a Press initiative to develop software for a rights, licensing, and permissions electronic-system/database and is a member of the Book Division's Task Force on Digital Publishing.

Ms. Bielstein is also the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Image Economy, a new organization that has the purpose of ensuring that art and other visual works in the public domain are available and free to everyone, not only scholars.  Finally, she is a trustee of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. 

She is hard at work now on a new book, which asks what IS the book?  Has it changed over the centuries and if so, how?  What lives does it have in this early stage of the Digital Era? 

Ms. Bielstein will be having two informal talks with interested faculty, postdocs and students during her two week visit on campus.

November 9

"The Image Economy"

Brown Hillel, Glenn and Darcy Weiner Center
80 Brown Street
5:30 - 6:30pm


November 16

"What is a Book (in the Age of Digital Publishing)?"

Brown Hillel, Glenn and Darcy Weiner Center
80 Brown Street
5:30 - 6:30pm