The city of New York has a unique relationship to Alice: it was the reason for
the real Alice (Alice Liddell Hargreaves)'s only visit to America, for the
Columbia University centenary celebrations in 1932. The Alice characters'
presence on the two Central Park statues also emphasizes New Yorkers' embrace
of Alice and her world.
On Tuesday, October 6, Columbia University will kick things off with a reception
around their exhibit of memorabilia from their 1932 celebration of the centennial
of Carroll's birth, an event that featured the real Alice, who at age 80 traveled
all the way from her home in England to New York City.
On October 7-11 of 2015 the LCSNA will hold our semiannual conference at the
Lincoln Center campus auditorium of the New York Institute of Technology and New
York University, which will focus on "Alice in the Popular Culture." It is believed
that this will be the largest city-wide celebration ever held whose focus is on one book.
New York University, which holds the extensive Alfred C. Berol Collection of Carroll
material, will mount an exhibit of Alice parodies and ephemera.
The Morgan Library, which will feature important Lewis Carroll and Alice material
from their own collection in an exhibit running June 26 through October 11, 2015.
The British Library will lend Carroll's original manuscript of Alice's Adventures
under Ground to The Morgan during this time.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (LPA) will mount an exhibit of
"Alice in Performance" in the Vincent Astor Gallery. The exhibition will be selected
from their dance, theater, and music archives, as well as a private collection. In
conjunction there will be screenings of seldom-seen Alice films, from the earliest
days of motion pictures onward.
The USBBY, the United States chapter of The International Board on Books for Young
People (IBBY), will hold their 2015 Regional Conference in New York City, October
16-18, to coincide with Alice150.
The Grolier Club will mount an exhibit of Alice in translation, "Alice in a World
of Wonderlands," which will be related to an eponymous, newly published three-volume
book. A vast assortment of translations and ephemera will be on display. A two-day
colloquium on translations with an international array of translators and scholars
will be held on Wednesday to Thursday, October 7-8 at The Grolier Club.