Events

AT BROWN (More information coming soon)

 

All events are held at the Annmary Brown Memorial (21 Brown Street) at 5:30 PM and free of charge unless otherwise indicated.

2015-2016 REMS SCHEDULE OF LECTURES

Semester I

  • Thursday, 1 October, TBD
  • Tuesday, 27 October, TBD
  • Thursday, 3 December, TBD

Semester II

  • Thursday (Friday), 25 (26) February, TBD
  • Thursday, 24 March, TBD
  • Thursday, 28 April, TBD



MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN HISTORY SEMINAR (with department of History) Schedule


JOHN CARTER BROWN LIBRARY EVENTS

 

 

OUTSIDE BROWN

This list announces talks in the greater Boston area pertaining to the study of the early modern period ca. 1450-1750, in any discipline and with any regional specialization. Please forward announcements, in the format requested at the end of this message, and e-mail addresses to: earlymod@fas.harvard.edu.

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UPCOMING EVENTS (a star indicates a newly listed item)  

   

*Friday, September 11, 2015, 4:15pm-6:00pm  

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies  

Talk, “Beijing-Moscow-Amsterdam-Arkhangelsk: Nikolai Spafarii's 1678 'Description of China' and the Circulation of Muscovite Manuscripts”  

Gregory Afinogenov, Harvard University  

CGIS South Building, Room S354, 1730 Cambridge St., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 

For more information, please call 617-495-4037

 

*Friday, September 18, 2015 - Sunday, September 20, 20158:30pm - 9:30pm

Sponsored by UMass Amherst and The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

International Shakespeare Conference

Integrated Science Bldg., 661 N. Pleasant St., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Reception on Friday evening. Registration is Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 to 9:30 at the door, or online at http://www.umass.edu/shakespeare/index.html. Open to the public. This conference is located at the Integrated Science Building on the campus of UMass Amherst, NOT at the Renaissance Center. For more information contact: (413) 577-3600 or atrenaissance@english.umass.edu

RSVP at the door or at http://www.umass.edu/shakespeare/index.html

 

*Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 4:00pm

Sponsored by the Harvard International & Global History Seminar

Talk, “The Nomos of the Island: Law and Geography in the Anglo-Portuguese ‘Transfer’ of Bombay in the Late Seventeenth Century”

Philip J. Stern, Duke University

Lower Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy St., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Please read the pre-circulated paper for this meeting, available one week before from: http://earlymod.fas.harvard.edu.

 

*Thursday, September 24, 2015, 4:15pm

Sponsored by Wesleyan Renaissance Seminar

Seminar, “If Aristotle Were Alive: Scientific and Religious Debates in the Late Renaissance"

Eva del Soldato, University of Pennsylvania

(Squash) Rm. 113, Wesleyan University, 41 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT

The seminars are entirely devoted to discussion of previously circulated papers.  For a copy of this paper please contact Kristine Schiavi by phone: (860) 685-2830, or e-mail:kschiavi@wesleyan.edu

http://rensem.site.wesleyan.edu/

 

*Thursday, September 24, 2015 – Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Scholar in Residence

Harry Berger, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Please call the Center at (413) 577-3600 to arrange for a time slot during his office hours. Free and open to the public.

 

*Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club and The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Celebrating Shakespeare Conference

Harry Berger, University of California, Santa Cruz; Jane Degenhardt, University of Massachusetts Amherst; William Oram, Smith College; Naomi Miller, Smith College; and many more.

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.

Register by September 25th at 413-577-3600 or renaissance@english.umass.edu.

 

*Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 4:00pm

Talk, “A Wholly Other Face of the Mohammedan Religion: Europeans Reinterpret Islam, 1650-1734”

Alexander Bevilacqua, Harvard Society of Fellows

Basement Seminar Room, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy St., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Please read the pre-circulated paper for this meeting, available one week before from: http://earlymod.fas.harvard.edu.

 

*Tuesdays beginning September 29, 2015, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Class, “Shakespeare with Tony Burton: ‘Measure for Measure’ and ‘The Tempest’”

Lecturer TBA

Location: TBA

Pious rulers let the reins slip away, with a variety of unexpected results.  Please read the texts first, and have questions and biases ready to discuss.  Free and open to the public. Runs 9 weeks.

Pre-registration required at 413-577-3600 by September 18th.

 

*Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Talk, Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series: “Reflections on Don Quixote.”

Harry Berger, University of California, Santa Cruz

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Sunday, October 4, 2015, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club and The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Concert, The Springfield Mandolin Orchestra

Adam R. Sweet, Springfield Mandolin Orchestra

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

The orchestra will present a program of an Anthony Holborne Suite, Vivaldi's "La Folia," and Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Please arrive on time as space is very limited. Donations are welcome.

 

*Mondays October 5, 19, 26, and November 2, 2015, 10:00am - 11:00am

Sponsored by The UMass Renaissance Center

Community Class, The Hand-Press Book

Jeff Goodhind, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

An introduction to early printed books including paper, typesetting, printing, illustration, and binding. No knowledge of book history required. Class will take place in the upstairs classroom. Free event, handicapped Accessible. Contact: Jeff Goodhind 413-577-3600

Pre-register by October 4th at 413-577-3600 or at renaissance@english.umass.edu.

 

*Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Talk, Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series, “Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: American Trailblazer.”

Robin Varnum, American International College

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Thursday, October 8, 2015 – 4:15pm 

Sponsored by Wesleyan Renaissance Seminar

Seminar, "The Humanist Anthropocene. Part 1: The Exterranean Renaissance"

Phillip Usher, New York University

(Squash) Rm. 113, Wesleyan University, 41 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT

The seminars are entirely devoted to discussion of previously circulated papers.  For a copy of this paper please contact Kristine Schiavi by phone: (860) 685-2830, or e-mail:kschiavi@wesleyan.edu

http://rensem.site.wesleyan.edu/

 

*Saturday, October 10, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Conference, Graduate Conference

Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College.

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

$10.00 includes admission to all sessions, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon coffee.

Advance registration is required.

http://renaissanceconference.wordpress.com  

 

*Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Exhibition, Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31)

465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Featuring 75 masterpieces by artists including Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, and Frans Hals from European and North American public and private collections, this exhibition is the first to consider 17th-century Dutch painting through the lens of the social classes.

http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/class-distinctions  

 

*Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Talk, Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series: “Muse of the Dance: Instrumental Music of the High Renaissance.”

David Gruender, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Mondays, October 19, 26, and November 2, 9, 2015, 3:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Class, The Madrigal

Emiliano Ricciardi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Location: TBA

The goal of this class is to develop a musical and historical understanding of the madrigal, one of the most important genres of vocal music in the late Renaissance. In the class we will examine select works by prominent practitioners of this genre, such as Willaert and Marenzio, placing them in the context of larger musical and cultural trends. No musical background is required.

Pre-registration is required at 413-577-3600 or renaissance@english.umass.edu.

 

*Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 4:00pm

Brown University Medieval and Early Modern History Seminar

The 36th William F. Church Memorial Lecture

Speaker TBA

Location TBA

 

*Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 12:00pm

Talk, “Historical Expertise and the Production of Almanacs in the Age of Enlightenment”

Jennifer C. Blanke, University of Göttingen

Lower Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy St., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

 

*Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Talk, Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series, “The Impact of Natural History on Renaissance Art and Literature.”

Marion Copeland, Dakin Humane Society

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Talk, Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series, "Fake It Till You Make It: A Modern Medievalist Meets Renaissance Pseudo-hieroglyphs."

Sonja Drimmer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Sunday, November 1, 2015, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club and The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Concert, First Sunday Concert Series, AyreCraft

Donnie CotterRobert Castellano and Meg Pash

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Please arrive on time as space is very limited. Donations welcome.

 

*Monday, November 2, 2015, 5:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop, the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center, the Department of Romance Languages, and the Brazil Studies Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Talk, “Slave Trade, Ethnicity and Ethnonym: Southeastern Brazil and the African West Coast”

Aldair Rodrigues, Yale University

Basement Seminar Room, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy St., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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*Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Talk, Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series, “Rare Book Show and Tell.”

Jeff Goodhind, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Saturday, November 7, 2015, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Festival, French Renaissance Harvest Banquet

Marriott Center, 11th Floor, Campus Center (UMass Amherst, main campus)

Join us for a festive evening celebrating Renaissance France! Enjoy authentic Renaissance food prepared using produce and herbs from the Renaissance Center’s own kitchen garden. Revel in the sounds of Renaissance France brought to you through lutes, sackbuts, singing, harps and more. With entertainment ranging from juggling to theater to door prizes, you are bound to have an evening of excitement and fun! Costumes encouraged!

Reservations must be made by November 2nd. Call 413-577-3600 to reserve your tickets. $75/each or $125/couple. *New* Student Discount: $35/person

 

*Wednesday, November 11 – Friday, November 13, 2015

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Scholar in Residence

Leah Whittington, Harvard University.

Please call the Center at 413-577-3600 to arrange for a time slot during her office hours. Free and open to the public.

 

*Thursday, November 12, 2015 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Talk, Classical Legacy Lecture, "Performing the Past: Shakespeare and Classical Literature from Humanist Schoolroom to Early Modern Stage."

Leah Whittington, Harvard University

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Friday, November 13, 2015, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Co-sponsored by The Renaissance Center’s Reading Group and The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Festival, Renaissance Games Night

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Join us for an evening of Renaissance-era board games, door prizes, refreshments, and more! Families and kids are welcome! Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Saturday, November 21, 2015, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club and The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Conference, Early America Conference

Alden Vaughan, Columbia University; Abby Chandler, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and more.

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.

Register by November 20th at 413-577-3600 or renaissance@english.umass.edu

 

*Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club and The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Concert, First Sunday Concert Series, The Amherst Recorder Consort

Bob Leitch

Reading Room, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

The Amherst Recorder Consort will perform a program of Byrd, Verdelot, Tallis, Crecquillon, Josquin and more! Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Please arrive on time as space is very limited. Donations welcome.