WINTER 2010 NEWS



In July 2009 the Bertrand Russell Research Centre moved from its long-established home on the sixth floor of Togo Salmon Hall to new quarters in Mills Library. Our present accommodation on the fifth floor of the principal university library at McMaster is temporary, but the long-term plan is for the Centre to be permanently relocated elsewhere in the same building, adjacent to the Russell Archives and Special Collections reading room.

The Centre’s major public initiative for 2010 will be to host the “PM@100” Conference, which will celebrate the centenary of the publication of the first of the three volumes of Russell and Whitehead’s Principia Mathematica—a landmark work in the development of logic, the foundations of mathematics, and the application of logic in philosophy.

The conference is scheduled for 21–24 May and will be staged concurrently with the annual meeting of the Bertrand Russell Society, featuring presentations by speakers on a wide range of Russellian topics.

The twentieth annual Bertrand Russell Peace lectures were delivered in November 2009 by the distinguished Canadian journalist, broadcaster and historian Gwynne Dyer, who presented two stimulating and extremely well-attended lectures on “War and Peace in the Middle East” and “Climate Change and the Threat of War”.

The latest issue of Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies (Volume 29, no. 1) appeared late last year.

In October 2009 the Centre was pleased to welcome back Sheila Turcon, who will be working here two days a week mainly on the Collected Letters project.

The student research assistants at the Centre at present are Richelle Capriotti, a third year History-French major, and Caitlin Dyer, a fourth year History major. Richelle has been working at the Centre since the summer of 2008 and has contributed a great deal to the digitization of Russell’s correspondence, which the Centre is now working on collaboratively with McMaster University Library. Caitlin has also been assisting with this important work on the Collected Letters project, which has been streamlined recently by software developed by James Chartrand specifically for linking images captured from the microfilm of the Russell Archives to their document numbers and to their corresponding records in BRACERS. Both students continue as well to provide assistance to the editors of the Collected Papers, of which Volume 16 is probably closest to reaching the press.


* BRRC Main Page * Faculty of Humanities * Russell Archives

* McMaster University


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