Events

Events

AT BROWN

 

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

2014-2015 REMS SCHEDULE OF LECTURES

  • Monday, September 15, Barbara Fuchs (UCLA,)   “An Andalusian in Rome, or, Translating the Picaresque,” invited by the graduate students
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30: Jeremy Mumford (History), "Inka Sibling Marriage: Language, Kinship, Desire"
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28: Jay Reed (Classics), "Love's Imperium in Garcilaso de la Vega's Third Latin Ode"
  • Thursday, Feb. 26: Karen Newman (Comparative Literature), "Cervantes' La Gitanilla Translated and Hardy’s La Belle Egyptienne"
  • Tuesday, March 16: Neil Safier (John Carter Brown Library and History), "Translating Science at the Blind-Man’s Arch: Conceição Velloso and the Arco do Cego Printhouse"
  • Tuesday, April 28: Evelyn Lincoln (History of Art and Architecture), "The View from Here and There"

 CONFERENCE “Globalizing Chinese Medicine in the 17th Century: ‘Translation’ at Work” (October 17-18, 2014) 

Organized by Harold J. Cook, John F. Nickoll Professor of History

In the past decade, many projects have asked important questions about how forms of knowledge become globalized. While examples are often framed by the information economy, universal (sometimes Western) science, and commodity flows, other kinds of knowledge also traveled, such as “Chinese medicine.” Indeed, at the same time as the “rise of modern science,” Chinese medicine became a subject of interest to many people beyond China. Globalization was a process not dependent on “scientific” truth claims alone.

Among the other processes was that of translation, a word that hints at how meanings can be shifted even if they are never identical in different places.  It also suggests that agency lies with recipients as much as transmitters. Thus, many processes were at work in the globalization of Chinese medicine. Does noticing the emergence of Chinese medicine on the world stage help us better understand how some kinds of knowledge became “global”?

How Chinese medicine was being globalized in the 17th century is therefore a subject that raises many questions about the various kinds of people and processes involved in the mobility of knowledge on a world scale. But it is also a subject of importance in its own right. The participants in this international conference consider the subject of Chinese medicine and its relationships to other kinds of study, the forms it took in other places in the 17th century, and the processes that enabled these changes. 

Sponsored by Humanities Initiative, Brown University; Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; Department of HistoryFor further information, please contactMaria Sokolova (maria_sokolova@brown.edu), Administrator Renaissance and Early Modern Studies program

 

 2014-15 STS Lecture Series, Ebbs and Flows: the Culture and Control of Water in Past and Present:

Chandra Mukerji, The Power of Water and the State: Tapping Sources in the Mountains for the Canal du Midi
Monday, October 20, 4pm, in Barus and Holley, Room 190


Mukerji will discuss a historical case of infrastructural engineering in which water's power was tapped: the construction of the Canal du Midi in 17th-century France. Focusing on a document describing the problems and techniques entailed in building the canal's water supply, she will consider how the power of water was understood, and how earth and fire were used to turn water into a tool of state power. This analysis will reflect on contemporary debates on object agency in Science and Technology Studies by putting them in historical perspective.

Mukerji has a Ph.D. in Sociology and is a member of the Science Studies Program and Communication Department at UCSD. She has won prizes for her books, including the Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association for Impossible Engineering: Technology and Territoriality on the Canal du Midi. She is interested empirically in how changes in the built environment are furthered by science, and how materiality shapes social life. Conceptually, she is interested in distributed cognition, material memory, object agency, and post-humanist theories in science studies.

The talk will kick off a lecture series — Ebbs and Flows: The Culture and Control of Water in Past and Present — featuring four talks STS approaches to water. This event is sponsored by the Program in Science and Technology Studies and the C.M. Colver Lectureship.

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

Tuesday, October 21, 5:30 pm – The 35th William F. Church Memorial Lecture (more coming soon)

 

JCB/BROWN BRITISH ATLANTIC SEMINAR (JBBAS)

 

OUTSIDE BROWN

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EARLYMOD THIS WEEK

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 4:00pm

Hosted by the Persian History Club at Harvard

Public lecture, “The Versified Treatise on Chess”

Arash Aboutorabi Hamedani

William James Hall, Harvard University, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Versified Treatise on Chess (Risālah-i manẓūm-i shaṭranj) composed by a celebrated calligrapher of the second half of the 15th century, Majnūn Rafiqī of Herat, is one of the few pre-modern Persian texts on chess, of which a single manuscript scribed in the 16th century has been survived. Topics dealt with in this treatise make it deserving of close study, namely, an introduction to the great chess masters of the medieval era of chess culture in the Persian speaking world; a philhellenic approach to the origin of chess, the distinction between the minor chess and the major chess, which is harmonious with some earlier sources like Rāḥat al-ṣudūr and Shahnamah; and the jurisprudential allowance for playing chess appealing to the unorthodox Shiite lore of the time. The biggest part of the treatise discusses the technical aspects of chess including: the absolute evaluation and compositional evaluation of pieces, rating the players according to the advantages they give to their opponents in advance, the openings (taᶜbīyah), and the end games (manṣūbah) that are categorized by the piece whose last move wins the game. This part is accompanied by nearly one hundred examples, some of which are attributed to well-known players such as Avicenna or Tamerlane. Although the general expositions in the beginning of each chapter are versified, the examples are given in prose, which employs a well-developed and precise system of notations. Studying this genre makes it possible to give an accurate interpretation of numerous pieces of Persian classical literature that allude chess technical terms that otherwise will remain obscure. 

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series

Lecture, “Botanical Illustration in Europe and the New World”

Lecturer, Rick Lopez

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Reading Room, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

For more information contact: Ph. (413) 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 ­ 4:30pm

Talk, "In the Workshop of the Mind: The Hidden Helpers of Early Modern Authors and Scholars"

Ann Blair, Harvard University

Dana Commons, Higgins Lounge, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA

For more information and directions:

http://wordpress.clarku.edu/meneuman/uncategorized/ann-blair-roots-of-everything-lecture-october-22-2014/

 

*Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 5:00pm

Sponsored by the Renaissance Colloquium

Two presentations of works in process: Will Porter will be speaking on Thomas More's Utopia and Maria Devlin will speak on philosophy and the crises of love in Shakespeare's comedies

McFadden Room 024,  Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA

 

**Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 5:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Robert C. Smith, Jr. Fund for Portuguese Studies, Department of Romance Languages and Literature, and the workshop in Early Modern History

Talk, “To obey from afar. Salvador da Bahia’s city council and the governance of the Portuguese Atlantic during the 17th century.”

Pedro Cardim, Universidad Nova, Lisbon

Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room, Harvard University, 35 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 6:00pm

Talk, “Dancing on Her Grave? Adding Dance for the Heroine in Shakespeare's Tragedies”

Linda McJannet, Bentley College

Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA

http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/women-and-culture-early-modern-world

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Monday, January 19, 2015

Sponsored by Bank of America, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Art Exhibit, “Donatello, Michaelangelo, Cellini: Sculptors’ Drawings from Renaissance Italy”

Hostetter Gallery, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115

For further information about the exhibit visit: http://www.gardnermuseum.org/collection/exhibitions

For complete hours and admission information visit: http://www.gardnermuseum.org/visit/hours_and_admission

 

Thursdays, October through November, 2014- 7:00pm-8:30pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Class, “Le Roi Lear with Marie Roche”

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Reading Room, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration by October 1st  required. For pre-registration or more information contact: Ph. (413) 577-3600 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

Runs 5 weeks. This seminar is entirely run in French. Come to read, speak (perhaps laugh in French!) and see a French production of King Lear/ Le Roi Lear by William Shakespeare. The text chosen is a bilingual translation by Jean Michel Déprats, honored guest visitor of the International Shakespeare Conference in March 2014. The English/French text will be provided for the attendants’ convenience. General requirement: to fully engage in the class the participant must have some reading and speaking competence in the French language. However, anyone who would like an immersion in French and soak in the language is welcome to join, but ongoing translation cannot be expected.

 

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Mondays, October through November, 2014 - 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Class, “Non-Dramatic Prose and Verse of the Sixteenth Century with Marie Roche”

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration by October 3rd required. For pre-registration or more information contact: Ph. (413) 577-3600 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

This is an 8-week survey class of the known and lesser-known works of the Sixteenth Century English Renaissance. No prior knowledge required. Weekly Readings provided. Every week will review different aspects of the English Renaissance literary corpus.

 

Monday, October 27-Thursday, October 30, 2014 – Time TBD

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Scholars in Residence: Matthias Bauer, of the University of Tuebingen, and Angelika Zirker, of the University of Tuebingen.

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St.,, Amherst, MA 01002

To arrange for a time slot during each of their office hours or for more information, please contact the Center: Ph. (413) 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public.

 

Wednesday, October 29, 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Lecture, “Authorship and Co-Creation in the English Renaissance: From George Herbert to Shakespeare”

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series

Matthias Bauer and Angelika Zirker, both of the University of Tuebingen

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Reading Room, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

For more information contact: Ph. (413) 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

 

*Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 5:30pm

Sponsored by Harvard University

Department of History of Art and Architecture

Graduate Student Lecture Series 2014

Lecture, “Objects of Vertu, Subjects of Empire: Pearls and Mastery Discourses in Early Modern Europe

Mónica Domínguez Torres, University of Delaware

Room 318, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Wine and Halloween candy will be provided!

 

Saturday, November 1, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Italian Renaissance Harvest Banquet

Marriott Center, 11th Floor, Campus Center, UMass Amherst, main campus, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003

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

$75/each or $125/couple - Reservations must be made by October 27th.

For reservations or more information contact: Ph. (413) 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

 

Sunday, November 2, 2:00pm-4:00pm

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

First Sunday Concert Series

AyreCraft, Vocals by Donnie Cotter and lutes played by Robert Castellano and Meg Pash

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Reading Room, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

Free and Open to the public. No reservations required. Donations welcome.

For more information contact: Ph. (413) 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

 

*Monday, November 3, 2014 – 5:00pm

Sponsored by the Renaissance Colloquium

Talk by Julia Lupton, UC Irvine

Kresge Room, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St Cambridge, MA 02138

Website: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k40975&pageid=icb.page193179

 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 2:00-5:00pm

Art Exhibit Study Day

Studying the Exhibit, “Donatello, Michaelangelo, Cellini: Sculptors’ Drawings from Renaissance Italy”

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115

RSVP to Elizabeth Reluga at (617) 264-6004 or ereluga@isgm.org

 

Wednesday, November 5, 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series, Renaissance Italian Food

Lecturer, Roberto Ludovico

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Reading Room, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

For more information contact: Ph. (413) 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

 

*Monday, November 10, 2014 – 4:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Cultures and Societies Seminar and the Medieval Studies Seminar

Talk, "Between Medieval and Early Modern: Pigs and Processions in Jewish-Christian Relations in Central Europe"

Rachel Greenblatt, Harvard Divinity School
Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series, Rare Book Show and Tell

Lecturer, David Katz

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Reading Room, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

For more information contact: Ph. (413) 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

 

*Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – 5:00pm
Sponsored by the Harvard Renaissance Colloquium
Lecture, "Miltonic Mind"
Sanford Budick, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Kates Room, Warren House, Harvard University, 11 Prescott St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Website: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k40975&pageid=icb.page193179 

 

**Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 4:30pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Five College Renaissance Seminar

Russ Leo, Princeton University

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Reading Room, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

Free and open to the public. No reservations required. For more information contact: Ph. (413) 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 6:00pm

Talk, “A Criollo Cicero: Reassessing the Bibliotheca Mexicana Controversy”
Stuart M. McManus, Harvard University
DRCLAS Seminar Room, CGIS South 2nd floor, Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Thursday, November 13, 7:00pm

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanitites Center

Seminar, "Female Literacy Revisited: Women Reading in London, 1570-1640",

Eleanor Hubbard, Princeton University

Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA

http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/women-and-culture-early-modern-world

 

Friday, November 14, 5:30pm

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanitites Center

Seminar, "The Making of Shakespeare: Commemoration, Cultural Memory, and 'the Bard'

Coppélia Kahn, Brown University

Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA

http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/shakespearean-studies

 

Friday, November 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm

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

Family Renaissance Games Night

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Reading Room, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

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.

For more information contact: Ph. (413) 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

 

*Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Conference, "Muslims, Christians and Governance in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean"

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies,  650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

Free and open to the public. Please register by November 14th, renaissance@english.umass.edu / Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

 

Monday, November 17, 2014 -  4:15pm

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Barwick Colloquia Series talk, “1,000,000 Years of Music: The Emergence of Human Modernity

Gary Tomlinson, Yale University

Davison RoomLoeb Music Library, 2nd floor, Music Building, North Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Gary Tomlinson, is one of the foremost musicologists of Early Modern Europe, while his current research topic is all encompassing, it may be of interest for early modernists.
Free and open to the public
http://www.music.fas.harvard.edu/calendar.html

 

Monday, November 17, 2014 – 5:00pm

Co-sponsored by the workshop in Early Modern History, the Humanities Center Seminar in Book History and the Early Science Working Group. 

Talk, "From a Medical Republic of Letters to the Index of Prohibited Books,"

Hannah Marcus, Stanford University

Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room, Harvard University, 35 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Wednesday, November 19, 4:00pm

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

Classical Legacy Lecture, The Virtue Politics of the Italian Humanists

Lecturer, James Hankins

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Reading Room, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

For more information contact: Ph. (413) 577-3600 / renaissance@english.umass.edu

 

*Friday, December 5, 2014 - 5:30pm Reception / 6:00pm Seminar

Sponsored by the Shakespearean Studies Seminar, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

Graduate Symposium: “New Work on Early Modern Drama”

Speakers:

Emma Atwood, Boston College: “The Architecture of Soliloquy in Early Modern Drama”
Josephine Hardman, University of Massachusetts at Amherst:  “Tragicomic Transpositions: The Influence of Spanish Prose Romance on English Renaissance Tragicomedy”
Gregory Schnitzspahn, Tufts University: "‘What the Act Has Made You’: Approving Virginity in The Changeling
Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St Cambridge, MA 02138

See more at: http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/new-work-early-modern-drama#sthash.BqFij9v7.dpuf

 

Sunday, December 7, 2014 2:00pm-4:00pm

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

First Sunday Concert Series

Voces Feminae, directed by Catherine Bell

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Reading Room, UMass – Amherst, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

Free and Open to the public. No reservations required. Donations welcome.