Semester II

  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 5:30 PM, Annmary Brown Memorial.

Joseph D. Reed  (Professor of Classics, Professor of Comparative Literature,) "Clapham's Narcissus: An Elizabethan poem in Latin."


  • Thursday, April 19, 2:30 PM, JCB Library. 

 Iris Montero Sobrevilla, (Melon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities) and Alex Vidmar - REMS Concentrator, "Visual Thinking in the Archive: Mesoamerican Codices at the JCB" 


Are you a visual thinker? Come join this workshop, sponsored by the Program in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and the John Carter Brown Library, to explore the products of other visual thinkers in the Americas since pre-Columbian times. The unparalleled collection of manuscripts at the John Carter Brown library is a window into indigenous ways of representing landscapes, waterscapes and their human and more-than-human inhabitants. This workshop will be an opportunity for students to examine a variety of printed books and maps from the early modern period (between 1500-1800). These vibrant manuscripts illustrate the possibilities for research into a visual culture that the JCB archive allows to professional scholars and undergraduates alike. Facilitated by Iris Montero (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cogut Institute for the Humanities) and Alex Vidmar, REMS '18.
 Reception to follow - please join us!


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  • Tuesday, May 1, 5:30 PM, Annmary Brown Memorial. 

Mark McDonald, (curator of Prints and Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,) "Reassembling Cassiano dal Pozzo's Collection of Prints."

Dr. Mark McDonald will be discussing his project of reassembling and reinterpreting the print collection of the 17th-century naturalist and collector, and creator of the famous Paper Museum in Rome, Cassiano dal Pozzo. There will be a pre-circulated reading for this event, which will be available closer to the time.

For a link to Reading scroll down to the bottom of the page.



Semester I  


  • Thursday, October 26th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Digital Scholarship Lab (Room 137), Rockefeller Library

"Books without Pages: Project Atalanta"

Professor Tara Nummedal, History Department
Allison Levy, Digital Scholarship Editor
Crystal Brusch, Designer for Online Publications

Project Atalanta brings to life in digital form a multimedia 17th-century text: Michael Maier’s 1617 alchemical emblem book, Atalanta fugiens. This dynamic, digital edition of a Renaissance book will include recordings of its fifty fugues and a critical anthology of media-rich interpretative essays. Members of the editorial and design team and the students who are crafting this digital project will present this publication along with a hands-on introduction to the Atalanta itself, which will be visiting from the Hay Library

  • Wednesday, November 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Digital Scholarship Lab (Room 137), Rockefeller Library

“Journey into the New World & Other Tales of Forgotten (Early) Modern Media”

Professor Massimo Riva, Italian Studies,
Allison Levy, Digital Scholarship Editor Crystal Brusch, Designer for Online Publications 

What is it like to travel back to eighteenth-century Venice, to take a virtual tour of an iconic and enigmatic painting? How can contemporary digital technology help us explore artifacts from the analogue past? How can popular forms of entertainment from centuries ago, such as the cosmorama, the magic lantern, or the “moving panorama,” help us better understand our own “brave new world” – our digital visual culture?


  • Monday, December 4, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Lownes Seminar Room, (Note: change of space,) John Hay Library

“Dante in Real Time” 

Zoe Langer, 2017 Hay Interdisciplinary Fellow
Christopher Geissler, Director, John Hay Library

Dante’s Divine Comedy recounts the poet’s journey through the afterlife and back. From hybrid beasts, fearsome devils, to friends and foes, Dante’s world has inspired generations of readers to envision what lay beyond the known world. In this hands-on workshop we will view different responses to Dante’s poem, including sixteenth-century maps of Hell and illustrations by Gustave Doré. The Chambers Dante Collection allows us to experience Dante's poem as its readers encountered it through the centuries and to see how REMS students, working closely with literature, languages and book illustration, can discover remarkable questions lurking in very old books.

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  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, 5:30 PM, Annmary Brown Memorial. 

Barbara E. Mundy (Professor of Art History, Fordham University, JCBL Fellow Fall 2017) will give a talk on "Mexican Paper in the global sixteenth century"