An American author, Burroughs’ most famous creations are the jungle dweller Tarzan and Mars adventurer John Carter.
As holder of the largest institutional collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs materials, UofL’s Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is hosting the Dum-Dum Aug. 9. Talks and panel discussions are scheduled for the Chao Auditorium in Ekstrom Library.
Philip J. Currie, Canadian paleontologist and former curator of dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, will present, “Hunting Dinosaurs in the Gobi Desert.” In another of the more public-oriented talks, D.J. Howell, a member of the Burroughs Bibliophiles advisory board, will present “Can Tarzan be Called a Literary Classic?”
In conjunction with the Dum-Dum, which takes its name from a gathering of apes in the Tarzan story, ASC will display some of the items in its Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection for a limited time. The exhibit will run Aug. 9 to Aug. 16. Admission to the UofL activities is free and open to the public.
The Dum-Dum moves Aug. 10 to Hilton Garden Inn on Crittenden Drive. The public can attend events in the Huckster Room, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Joan Bledig, co-chairman of the convention. A schedule of both days is online.
According to its website, the Burroughs Bibliophiles is a nonprofit literary society devoted to studying and promoting interest in the works, creations and life of Edgar Rice Burroughs.