Jean Baudrillard’s Book Collection

November 02, 2021

The book collection of philosopher, sociologist, writer, and photographer Jean Baudrillard has recently been installed in Reid Hall’s historic library. Though his widow, Marine Baudrillard, received offers for the collection from many universities, she felt it would be best accommodated at 4, rue de Chevreuse, as Jean had previously been involved with Reid Hall, and the address remains a cross-cultural intellectual destination now as ever. All told, close to 1500 books were delivered, carefully curated, and placed upon the library shelves by Marine herself. Jean annotated over 300 of these books ranging from art to philosophy, fiction to essays. These marginalia bear witness to how Baudrillaud constructed some of his most well-known theories. For those wishing to peruse the collection on-site, please reach out to [email protected] 

Former language instructor Danièle Van de Velde passed away on October 6, 2021.

Holding an agrégation in classics, a postgraduate thesis on the linguist and philosopher of language Zeno Vendler, and an HDR, Danièle’s research has consistently focused on the use of linguistic tools for the clarification of pre-philosophical thought inscribed in language. Danièle was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Lille.