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), "Continental Shakespeare."
  • Tuesday, March 17: 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, March 31: Emine Fetvaci (History of Art and Architecture, Boston University,) TBD
  • 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” (Oct. 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


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


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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EARLYMOD THIS WEEK 

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – 5:00-7:00pm  

Mahindra Humanities Center seminar on Book History, "Cyberformalism and the Philology of Things, 1557-1798"

Daniel Shore, Georgetown University

Barker Center, Room 133 Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

 

*Thursday, February 19, 2015 – 5:00pm

Sponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Talk, “Thomas Jefferson & the French Revolution”

Jonathan Israel, Princeton University

Room 101, Devlin Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Please RSVP to: clough.center@bc.edu 

For more information visit: www.bc.edu/cloughcenter   

 

* Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 5:30pm

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center - Women And Culture In The Early Modern World Seminar Series

Seminar, “Marlowe and the Sibyl's Scattered Leaves”

Sarah Wall-Randell, Wellesley College

Barker Center, Room 128, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

 

*Thursday, February 19, 2015 -9:00am – 3:00pm; and Friday, February 20, 2015 10:00am-4:00pm

Sponsored by the Harvard History and Harvard German Departments

Conference, “Ignorance, Nescience, Nonknowledge: Late Medieval and Early Modern Coping with Unknowns”

History Department, Robinson Hall, Harvard University, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge 02138

Full program available online: http://history.fas.harvard.edu/event/nescience-nonknowledge-late-medieval-and-early-modern-coping-unknowns

To register please contact: zwierlein@fas.harvard.edu

This is an interdisciplinary two-place conference on Historicizing Ignorance in Late Medieval and Early Modern History will take place at Harvard University, Robinson Hall and the German Historical Institute, Paris.The conference seeks to address how ignorance about phenomena in different epistemic fields of the late medieval and early modern world was recognized (or not), used and coped with, differently from modern times. The Harvard part is devoted to the fields of historiography, the information management of early modern states and empires, on decision making under ignorance, political discourses dealing with and reacting to unknowns, early modern natural science, the coping with ignorance and silence from canon law to continental common law, and in several case studies on humanism, coping with ignorances in travel writing and translations as well as in the visual arts.

 

*Thursday, February 19, 2015 & Friday, February 20, 2015 – Various Times

Sponsored by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Symposium, “Merchants of the Printed Word: The Circulation and Commerce of Books in the Americas and Beyond”

Keynote Lecture by Roger Chartier (Thursday evening)

MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 94 George St, Providence, RI 02906

For full program and registration information click here

For more information, please contact jcb-events@brown.edu

On the occasion of its latest exhibition, “Printers’ Devils and Printers’ Delights: The Book in Spanish America,” the John Carter Brown Library invites you to a symposium commemorating the 475th anniversary of the introduction of the printing press to America, with presentations by leading scholars whose research focuses on the circulation of print in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. One hundred years before a printing press was brought to North America, European printers and their apprentices were already busily producing printed matter of all shapes and sizes throughout the Spanish empire, from Mexico City to Lima and beyond. Our hope is that the meeting will generate new insights into the collective history of the Americas as relate to the worlds of print.

 

* Friday February 20, 2015 –1:00-3:00pm

Sponsored by the Renaissance Colloquium

Graduate Workshop on advanced digital corpus search tools, entitled "Prosthetic Formalism"

Led by, Daniel Shore, Georgetown University

Barker Center, Room 133 Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

This workshop is intended for all graduates and faculty with an interest in digital humanities, regardless of their level of experience with these methods. For the workshop, Prof. Shore has asked that you bring your laptop with you, if possible. 

 

*Friday, February 20, 2015 – 1:00pm

Sponsored by the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

Demonstration of Live Electrical Experiments

Room C, Science Center, Harvard University, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Ever wonder what it was like to attend Harvard College in the mid-1700s?  Join us when CHSI will recreate some 18th century electrical experiments straight out of the lecture notes of Professor John Winthrop and the demonstrations at Faneuil Hall by Ebenezer Kinnersley, Benjamin Franklin’s friend.  Witness the surprising effects of electrical attraction and repulsion!  A fire lit by water!  Bells rung by an invisible, imponderable fluid!  And a warning to all who do not have lightning rods:  the blowing up of the Thunder House! Experiments will be performed with vintage and replica instruments from Lecture Demonstrations with the help of Daniel Rosenberg and Sara Schechner. Rare 18th-century apparatus from the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments will be on exhibit during the lecture. 

http://chsi.harvard.edu/index.html

 

*Friday, February 20, 2015 – 4:00pm

Talk, "Credit, blame, and thanks: some impacts of printing on collaborative authorship in early modern Europe”

Ann Blair, Harvard University

Weatherhead Center Seminar in Cultural Politics, Bowie-Vernon Room (Room K262), CGIS Knafel Building, Harvard University, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

UPCOMING EVENTS (* indicates a new listing / ** indicates an updated listing)

 

*Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 5:15-6:45pm

Sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern History Seminar Series

Seminar, "The Pursuit of Priority in the Horological Arts"

Rachel Gostenhofer, Brown University

Pavilion Room, Peter Green House, Brown University, 79 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912

For more information  or access to the paper contact: memhs@listserv.brown.edu

 

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – 4:15pm

Wesleyan Renaissance Seminar

Seminar, “Seeing Red:  Rubrication as Writing in Blood (& Vice Versa) on the Early Modern Page"

Bianca F.-C. Calabresi, Independent Scholar, History of the Book

(Squash) Rm. 113, Wesleyan University, 41 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06457

The seminars are entirely devoted to discussion of previously circulated papers.  For a copy of this paper please contact Liz Tinker by phone: (860) 685-2360, or e-mail: etinker@wesleyan.edu

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

 

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 4:30pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Five College Renaissance Seminar

Seminar, “How the Elizabethan Monarchical Republic Failed to Build a Republican Monarchy: The Earl of Leicester and the Netherlands, 1586-7”.

Malcolm Smuts, (UMass Boston)

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Thursday, February 26, 2015 – 6:00pm

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center – Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminars

Seminar, "Print and Personhood in the Early Caribbean Rhetoric of the Runaway" 

Srividhya Swaminathan, Long Island University

Room 114, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

For more information visit: http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/eighteenth-century-studies

 

Thursday February 26, 2015 – 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Shakespeare “Pub Trivia” Night

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

This February, we are bringing back Shakespeare Pub Quiz Night, and we invite Shakespeare fans of all ages to participate in a new round of Bard-related trivia, riddles, and puzzles. This year will feature video clues, sound bites, and opportunities to win cash prizes! Non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks will be served.  Free and open to the public.

 

* Friday February 27, 2015 - 5:30pm reception / 6:00pm seminar

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

Lecture, "MOOC Ado About Nothing"

Yu Jin Ko, Wellesley College

Mahindra Humanities Center, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/calendar-month?date=2015-02

 

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 2:00-4:00pm

Co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club and

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

First Sunday Concert Series

Performance of, “Praetorius, Terpsichore dances, and Musae Sioniae.” by

Ensemble Musica Humana

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Refreshments available after the concert.

 

*Monday, March 2, 2015 – Time TBA

Talk, "Fiscal Struggles and the Rise of Civic Equality in Old Regime France"

Guest Speaker, William Sewell, University of Chicago; Faculty Comment: Mary Lewis (Harvard University); Student Comment: Manuel Rincon-Cruz (Harvard University)

For more information visit:  http://studyofcapitalism.harvard.edu/workshop

 

*Tuesday March 3, 2015 – 12:00 – 1:30pm 

Talk, “Anecdote, Experience, and Trial: Methods of Drug Testing in Early Modern Europe”

Alisha Rankin, Tufts University

Room 469, Science Center, Harvard University, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

*Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – 6:00pm

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center – Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminars

Seminar, "Revolutions Between Nations, 1776-1789"
Janet Polasky University of New Hampshire 

Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

For more information visit: http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/eighteenth-century-studies

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015- 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series

Lecture, “A Seventeenth-Century Deerfield Mystery”

Else Hambleton, (Amherst Historical Society)

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 5:00-7:00pm

Renaissance Colloquium Meeting

David Marno (UC Berkeley), guest speaker

Location to be announced on the below website,

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

 

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Galileo Conference

Mark Peterson, (Mount Holyoke College), and Marjorie Senechal (Smith College)

Includes a screening of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Life of Galileo”

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. Please pre-register by March 6th.  Lunch is provided.

 

*Monday, March 9, 2015 – 5:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute and The Early Modern Europe Workshop

Talk, "Negotiating Citizenship through the Market: 'New Citizens' and the Atlantic Trade in Revolutionary Saint-Domingue”

Manuel Covo, John Carter Brown Library

To be held in the Basement seminar room, Robinson Hall, Harvard University, 35 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series

Lecture, “Shakespeare and Aging”

Susan Whitbourne, Professor of Psychology at UMass Amherst

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

Wednesday March 11, 2015 – 5:00-7:00pm 

Sponsored by the Renaissance Colloquium

Roundtable with RSA panelists Elizabeth Weckhurst (Harvard) and Misha Teramura (Harvard) 

Location to be announced on the below website,

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

 

Saturday March 14, 2015 – 8:00am – 12noon

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Annual Dakin Pancake Breakfast

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

The breakfast features syrup tapped from the Center’s own maple trees (a tradition begun by Janet Dakin) and donated by local sugarer Richard McIntyre. This all you can eat breakfast features pancakes, sausage and bacon cooked up by volunteer chefs and served in the Reading Room. Revel in the view of the hills as you gobble up the fluffiest pancakes in the Valley! Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

No reservations required.

 

*Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 4:30-6:00pm

Sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern History Seminar Series

Seminar, Title TBA

Carol Pal, Bennington   

Pavilion Room, Peter Green House, Brown University, 79 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912

For more information contact: memhs@listserv.brown.edu 

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Celebrity Lecture

Robert Eisenstein, (Five College Early Music Program)

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series

Lecture, “Is There Romance in This Romance?  The Enigma of Malory's Women”

Sheila M. Fisher, (Trinity College)

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – 4:15pm

Wesleyan Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Lecture, "Race and Religion on the Front Line:  Juan Latino's Epic of the Battle of Lepanto"

Elizabeth Wright, Department of Romance Languages, University of Georgia (Athens)

Common Room, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Wesleyan University, 300 High St., Middletown, CT 06457

The lecture is open to the public.

 

*Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -5:00 pm

Talk, "Missed Chances and Bad Bets: Speculation and Bankruptcy in Premodern Europe,"

Christine Zabel, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Lower Library, Robinson Hall, Harvard University, 35 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

 

*Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 6:00pm

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center – Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminars

Seminar, "Artists' Graffiti"

Charlotte Guichard, French Academy in Rome

Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138 

For more information visit: http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/eighteenth-century-studies

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series

Lecture, "Lyric Music for Dramatic Texts:  Questions of Genre in the Late Italian Madrigal"

Seth Coluzzi, (Brandeis University)

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – 5:00pm

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center –  Cartography Seminars

Seminar, "Ceci n'est pas Damas: Arabic Prose Topographies of Damascus, 12th-18th Centuries"

Dana Sajdi, Boston College

Room 201, Warren House, Barker Center, Harvard University, 11 Prescott St., Cambridge, MA 02138 

For more information visit: http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/cartography

 

Wednesday April 1, 2015 – 5:00-7:00pm

Renaissance Colloquium Meeting

Will Porter (Harvard), guest speaker

Location to be announced on the below website,

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

 

Wednesday April 1, 2015 – 6:00- 8:00pm (1st of 6 class meetings)

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Class

Literature of the 16th Century with Marie Roche
Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Readings will be provided.

Free and open to the public Please call the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to reserve your space by March 31st.

 

Monday, April 6, 2015 – Friday, April 10, 2015

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Scholars in Residence

Ann Thompson, (Kings College London), and John O. Thompson, (University of Liverpool)

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Call the Renaissance Center at 577-3600 to schedule an appointment for office hours.

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:00pm-9:00pm (1st of 4 class meetings)

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Class, Shakespeare with Normand Berlin

We will be discussing King Lear in our four evenings together. "Is this the promis'd end?" "Or image of that horror?"

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. Please call the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to reserve your space by April 6th

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 -4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series

Lecture on, Hamlet

Ann Thompson, Kings College London

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 4:30pm

Co-sponsored by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute and The Early Modern Europe Workshop

Talk, "From Brazil to West Africa: Dutch-Portuguese rivalry and African politics in the Bight of Benin (ca. 1637- ca. 1750),"

Roquinaldo Ferreira, Brown University

Lower Library, Robinson Hall, Harvard University, 35 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Wednesday April 8, 2015 - 6:00- 8:00pm (2nd of 6 class meetings)

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Class

Literature of the 16th Century with Marie Roche
Please call the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to reserve your space by March 31st.

Readings will be provided. Free and open to the public

 

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 4:30pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Five College Renaissance Seminar

Seminar, "Catastrophizing: The Disaster of Renaissance Materialism"

Jerry Passannante, (University of Maryland)

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

*Thursday, April 9, 2015 – 6:00pm

Seminar, "Revisiting the NYPL Berg Collection Dunciad[s]: 'Vociferation' in Manuscript, Typescript, Print, and Digital Media" 

Paula McDowell, English, NYU

Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Sunday April 12, 2015 - 2:00 – 4:00pm (Please note the date is the second Sunday of April so as not to conflict with Easter)

Co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club and

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

“Second” Sunday Concert Series

Nota Bene ~ A cappella singing trio of Annie Phillips, Elizabeth Chilton, and Nina Wurgaft

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public.  No reservations required.

Refreshments served after the concert.

 

**Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – 4:00pm & 5:30pm

4:00pm - "Manipulating Information in the Ancien Régime: The View from the Provinces"

Giora Sternberg (University of Oxford), 

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Center Seminars in Eighteenth-Century Studies and  History of the Book (but talk will be held at MIT address listed below)

5:30pm –"Manipulating Information in the Ancien Régime: The View from the Provinces”

Antoine Lilti, Centre de Recherches Historiques

Co-sponsored by MIT, Global Studies and Languages Section and History Faculty

Both talks will be held in Building E51-095, MIT, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:00pm-9:00pm (2nd of 4 class meetings)

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Class, Shakespeare with Normand Berlin

We will be discussing King Lear in our four evenings together. "Is this the promis'd end?" "Or image of that horror?"

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. Please call the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to reserve your space by April 6th

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series

Lecture, “Rare Book Show and Tell”

David Katz, (The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies)

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

 

Wednesday April 15, 2015 - 6:00- 8:00pm (3rd of 6 class meetings)

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Class

Literature of the 16th Century with Marie Roche
Please call the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to reserve your space by March 31st.

Readings will be provided. Free and open to the public

 

*Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 5:00pm

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center - Cartography Seminars

Seminar, "Discontinuous Continents: Rethinking Macrocartography"

Benjamin Braude, Boston College

Location TBA

For more information visit: http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/cartography

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – 7:00pm-9:00pm (3rd of 4 class meetings)

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Class, Shakespeare with Normand Berlin

We will be discussing King Lear in our four evenings together. "Is this the promis'd end?" "Or image of that horror?"

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. Please call the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to reserve your space by April 6th

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Dan S. Collins Lecture

Laura L. Knoppers, (University of Notre Dame)

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. No reservations required

 

*Tuesday, April 21, 4:30-6:00pm

Sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern History Seminar Series

Seminar, Title TBA

Jonathan Conant, Brown University

Pavilion Room, Peter Green House, Brown University, 79 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912

For more information contact: memhs@listserv.brown.edu    

 

*Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -5:00pm

Title: TBA

Thomas Duve, Max Planck Institute for Legal History, Germany

Robinson Hall, Lower Library, Harvard University, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge 02138

 

Wednesday April 22, 2015 - 6:00- 8:00pm (4th of 6 class meetings)

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Community Class

Literature of the 16th Century with Marie Roche
Readings will be provided.

Free and open to the public. Please call the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to reserve your space by March 31st.

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Co-sponsored by The Association for Renaissance Medieval Swordsmanship

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Annual Historical Swordsmanship Conference

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Presentations at the conference will feature a combination of academic scholarship and demonstrations, including talks by ARMS on the later German longsword tradition, demonstrations by Phoenix swords of historical techniques, the manuscript tradition, and the guild structure of Renaissance Europe and its relation to the development of Western martial arts. The Renaissance Center currently maintains an online collection of historical combat treatises and fencing manuals dating primarily from the Renaissance. This collection can be accessed at www.umass.edu/arms/lord

Must call the Center to register by April 24. Free and open to the public. Lunch is provided. Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 7:00pm-9:00pm (4th of 4 class meetings)

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Class, Shakespeare with Normand Berlin

We will be discussing King Lear in our four evenings together. "Is this the promis'd end?" "Or image of that horror?"

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Free and open to the public. Please call the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to reserve your space by April 6th

 

*Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 4:30 pm

Talk, "Window Gazes and World Views: A Chapter in the Cultural History of Vision”

Daniel Jütte, Harvard University

Room, K354, CGIS Knafel Building, Harvard University 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA02138

 

Wednesday April 29, 2015 – 5:00-7:00pm. 

Renaissance Colloquium Meeting

Billy Junker (University of St. Thomas, Minnesota), guest speaker

Location to be announced on the below website,

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

 

Wednesday April 29, 2015 - 6:00- 8:00pm (5th of 6 class meetings)

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Community Class

Literature of the 16th Century with Marie Roche
Please call the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to reserve your space by March 31st.

Readings will be provided. Free and open to the public

 

Thursday, April 30, 2015 – 4:15pm

Wesleyan Renaissance Seminar

Seminar, “Charity's Constructs:  The Edifices of the Monti di Pietà and the Treasury of Merit, ca. 1460-1600"

Lauren Jacobi, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

(Squash) Rm. 113, Wesleyan University, 41 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06457

The seminars are entirely devoted to discussion of previously circulated papers.  For a copy of this paper please contact Esther Moran by phone: (860) 685-2682, or e-mail: emmoran@wesleyan.edu

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

 

 

Friday May 1, 2015 - 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Sonnetfest, our annual reading aloud of sonnets followed by white wine and strawberries.

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Call the Center to sign up to read a sonnet. Free and open to the public.

 

Sunday May 3, 2015 - 11:00am – 4:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

13th Annual Community Renaissance Festival

The Renaissance Center and surrounding grounds and meadow

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Get your family and friends together and plan to enjoy this free festival which is brimming with entertainment and education in a beautiful outdoor setting.

We’ll have theater, music, falconry with Chris Davis of New England Falconry, juggling, sword demonstrations from Phoenix Swords, Renaissance games, ‘hobby horses’ for the kids, dancing, and more! While you’re here, be sure to explore our new Italian Grotto, admire the apple orchard, flower, herb, and vegetable gardens, and walk the meadow and woodland trails. It is sure to be a fun day for the whole family. Rain or shine. Plenty of on-site free parking. Food for sale from UMass concessions.

Admission is free although donations are welcome.

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:00- 8:00pm (6th of 6 class meetings)

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Community Class

Literature of the 16th Century with Marie Roche
Please call the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to reserve your space by March 31st.

Readings will be provided. Free and open to the public

 

Saturday June 20, 2015 - 12noon – 2:00pm.

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Third Annual Gardeners’ Guild Lunch and Talk

Speaker, Ellen Kosmer

Back patio, Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Enjoy a lunch on our back patio followed by a presentation given, Renaissance Center Ellen Kosmer Historical Garden Designer.

Members only – Invitation only! Not a member? Pick up a form in our lobby today!

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 – 11:00am – 1:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Enchanted Circle Theater ~ Acting Shakespeare

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /renaissance@english.umass.edu

Student actors from Holyoke school system’s summer acting program will present scenes from a Shakespeare play, using the Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s main stage. Stay for a light picnic lunch afterwards!

Free and open to the public.