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.

2016-2017 REMS SCHEDULE OF LECTURES

Semester I 

  1. Thurs., October 6 - Adam Beaver (Harvard University,) “Africa through Antiquarian Eyes: Alessandro Geraldini (1455–1524) and the Global Renaissance"

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  • Thu., November 10 - Aysha Pollnitz (Rice University,) "Humanist education and early modern politics" 

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  • Tue., November 29 - Andrew Devereux (Loyola Marymount University, L.A. California,) "Turkish tyranny in Renaissance Spain"

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Semester II 

  • Sat., February 4 - REMS/ Cogut Center,  "Constructions of the Noble Savage: History, Literature, Theory

Pembroke Hall 305, 9:30am-6:00pm

Speakers include: Gautam Basu Thakur (Boise), Surekha Davies (WCSU) Christopher Krebs (Stanford), Felipe Martínez (Brown), Ourida Mostefai (Brown) 

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  • Tue., March 7 REMS/JCB, "European Rhetoric and Images for the Americas: The world of Diego Valadés, Franciscan artist and humanist,"  
A colloquium and roundtable discussion 
at the John Carter Brown Library 

Participants include Linda Báez Rubí, Byron Hamann , Andrew Laird and Ken Ward

Organized by REMS and JCB
Co-sponsored by Dean of the Faculty, History of Art and Architecture, Hispanic Studies


Program:
Venue: JCB Seminar Room
3.00 Introduction and welcome
3.05 Andrew Laird: Misrepresentation, Fray Diego Valadés, and the Rhetorica Christiana
3.30 Linda Báez Rubí, New Thoughts surrounding Fray Diego de Valadés’ work 
4.00 Byron Hamann, Visible Speech and Printed Money: Diego Valadés from Mexico to Granada to China
4.30 Break

Venue: Reading Room: 
4.45 Response: Jeffrey Muller 
5.05/5.10 Q&A
5.30 Ken Ward 'Show and Tell’ session: John Carter Brown Library holdings bearing on Valadés
6.30 Drinks at Viva, Thayer Street (Cash bar)
8.00 Dinner for speakers

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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 

 

 

Monday, April 24, 2017, 6pm

Eighteenth-Century Studies, Harvard Mahindra Humanities Center

“The Dream of the Red Chamber (1792) and its Effect on China’s Women Writers”

Ellen Widmer (Wellesley College)

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

 

*Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 5:30pm

The John Carter Brown Library at Brown University

Maury A. Bromsen Memorial Lecture: “The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America”

Andrés Reséndez (UCDavis)

MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, Corner of George and Brown Streets, Providence, RI

 

Andrés Reséndez, professor of history at the University of California, Davis, is author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America. The Other Slavery examines the system of bondage that targeted Native Americans, an expansive system that was every bit as terrible and degrading as African slavery. Anywhere between 2.5 and 5 million Native Americans may have been enslaved throughout the hemisphere in the centuries between the arrival of Columbus and the beginning of the 20th century. And, interestingly, in contrast to African slavery which targeted mostly adult males, the majority of these Indian slaves were women and children. Please join us for this lecture with book signing and reception to follow. Copies of The Other Slavery will be available for purchase.

 

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12pm–1:30pm

Early Sciences Working Group (ESWG)

"Under your skin, in your bed, and in the water: Locating disease among veterinarians in New Regime France."

Kathryn Heintzman (Harvard University)

Harvard Science Center, Room 252

Lunch will be served. To RSVP please email agjikola@fas.harvard.eduor shireenhamza@g.harvard.edu.

 

*Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12pm

Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College

Lecture: “The Habit that Hides the Monk: Missionary Fashion Strategies at the Imperial Court in Early Modern China”

Eugenio Menegon (Boston College)

Simboli Hall 035 – Boston College, Brighton Campus, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill MA, 02467

 

A light lunch will be provided. Email: iajs@bc.edu

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 5:30

Visual Representation, Materiality, and the Medium Seminar, Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard

Lecture: “Cospetto! Che bella cosa!” Boucher’s Triumph of Venus

Colin Bailey (The Morgan Library & Museum, NY)

Room 515, Sackler Museum, Harvard University

 

*Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 4:00pm

The John Carter Brown Library Fellow’s Talk

“Constructing the Colonial ‘Other’: British Depictions of West Indian Slave Owners”

Matthew Wyman-McCarthy (Columbia University)

MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, Corner of George and Brown Streets, Providence, RI

 

In the final decades of the eighteenth century, misgivings about the British Atlantic slave system coalesced into an organized antislavery movement. As part of their campaign to convince the public of the need for reform, abolitionists portrayed West Indian planters as possessing lower moral and cultural standards than their metropolitan counterparts. Using sources from the JCB, this talk shows how depictions of slave owners formed a major axis of dispute in the debate over the future of slavery in the British Atlantic. In so doing, it highlights how slaveholding generated anxieties about British identity and the resiliency of the British character on the frontiers of empire.

 

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 4:30pm

Lauro de Bosis Fellowship Lecture

“Michelangelo and the Bible: Religious Reading and Writing in Sixteenth-Century Italy”

Sarah Rolfe Prodan (Department of History, Harvard University)

Robinson Hall, Basement Conference Room, Harvard Yard 

 

*Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:30pm

The John Carter Brown Library

Book Talk with Sowande’ M. Mustakeem

Sowande’ M. Mustakeem (Washington University in St. Louis)

Southside Cultural Center at 393 Broad Street, Providence RI. Please rsvp here.

 

In partnership with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown and the RI Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, the JCB is cosponsoring a public lecture featuring Sowande' Mustakeem, author of Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage. Sowande' Mustakeem's study explores the social conditions and human costs embedded in the world of maritime slavery, and how the Middle Passage was a violently regulated process foundational to the institution of bondage.

 

*Friday, April 28, 2017, 11:00am to 12pm

The Harvard Art Museums: Art Study Center Seminar

“Bernard Berenson’s Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti”

Art Study Center, Level 4, Harvard Art Museums32 Quincy StreetCambridge  MA 

Registration required at am_visitorservices@harvard.edu (limited capacity)

 

Join Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım, assistant curator for Islamic and Later Indian art; Penley Knipe, the Philip and Lynn Straus Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper; and Katherine Eremin, the Patricia Cornwell Senior Conservation Scientist, for a close look at some of these exquisite paintings, on loan from Villa I Tatti in Florence. 

 

 

Friday, April 28, 2017, 9:00 to 17.00 h.

Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University

International Workshop: Arts and Court Cultures in the Iberian World (1400–1650)

Speakers: Prof. Mercedes Gómez-Ferrer (Universitat de València); Prof. Jorge Sebastián (Universitat de València); Dr. Borja Franco (UNED, Madrid); Prof. Cristelle Baskins (Tufts University); Prof. Felipe Pereda (Harvard University).

RCC Conference Room, Harvard University, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

Visual strategies of legitimization became increasingly important for Iberian monarchies during the late medieval and early modern periods. Mediterranean dynastic, diplomatic, and military endeavors called for effective propaganda, both in the metropolis and in viceregal territories, such as southern Italy. Such efforts include architecture, both ephemeral and permanent, the decoration of palaces, court portraiture, and historiography.

http://rcc.harvard.edu/event/arts-and-court-cultures-iberian-world-1400-1650 

RSVP rcc@harvard.edu – jorge.sebastian@uv.es 

 

*Friday, April 28, 2017, 3:00pm

The John Carter Brown Library at Brown University

Panel Discussion: “The Americas and The Generative Power of Fire”

MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, Corner of George and Brown Streets, Providence, RI 

 

Please join us for "The Americas and the Generative Power of Fire," a special panel discussion and a feature of the IBES event What Fire Does. This discussion will be chaired by Associate Professor of History and Director of John Carter Brown Library Neil Safier and will feature presentations by Andrew Scherer ("Ceremonies of Smoke and Flame among the Ancient Maya"), Matt Liebmann ("When the Little Firekeeper Ran Away: Pueblo People, Franciscan Missions, and Wildfires in 17th Century New Mexico"), Guilhem Olivier ("The New Fire Ceremony: Religion and Power in Ancient Central Mexico"), and Alessandra Russo ("Fury and Beauty: Fire in the Limits of Conquest"). Following the panel discussion, Jake Frederick (Lawrence University) will present the exhibition The Americas on Fire, co-curated by Jake Frederick and Júnia Ferreira Furtado. A performance by Wendy Woodson (Amherst College) and reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

 

 

*Saturday, April 29 2017, 6:00 pm, and Monday, May 1 2017, 7:30 pm

La Troupe presents Le Siège de Calais, a 1765 tragedy by Pierre-Laurent de Belloy.  

A performance (in French) directed by Sylvaine Guyot (Harvard University). 

Starring Harvard University Graduate Students: Matthew Barfield, Josh Cohen, Effie Gonis, Nikhita Obeegadoo, Matthew Rodriguez, Madeleine Wolf andEmma Zitzow-Childs.

April 29 2017, 6:00 pmThompson Room, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138  

May 1 2017, 7:30 pm: Farkas Hall Studio (303), Harvard University, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138 

 

Tickets at the door. Contact: guyot@fas.harvard.edu 

 

*Thursday, April 29, 5:15

Harvard Renaissance Colloquium

“‘His fault was thought’: Imagined Treason in Richard III

Nick Utzig (Harvard University)

Room 114 (Kresge), Barker Center, Harvard, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge MA

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

 

Tuesday May 2, 2017 - 4:30pm

Wesleyan Renaissance Seminar

Seminar title: Text against Image: Morisco Tales of Transgression in Early Modern Spain

Catherine Infante, Amherst College

Boger Hall, Rm. 113, Wesleyan University, 41 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06459

The seminars are entirely devoted to discussion of previously circulated papers. For a copy of this paper please contact Michael Meere at mmeere@wesleyan.edu 

http://rensem.site.wesleyan.edu/ 

 

Tuesday May 24:30-6:00 PM

Spring MEMHS series

Talk title TBA

Charles Carroll (PhD candidate, Department of History, Brown University)

Pavilion Room of Peter Green House, Brown University, 79 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02906

 

*Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 4:00pm

The John Carter Brown Library Fellow’s Talk

"Slavery, Sanctuary, and Sovereignty in the Early Modern Caribbean"

Linda Rupert (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), InterAmericas Fellow

MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, Corner of George and Brown Streets, Providence, RI

 

This talk traces the development of the so-called Spanish sanctuary, a series of royal decrees offering freedom to slaves who escaped from the colonies of rival European empires. Three intertwined factors spurred the Spanish Crown: the migrations of enslaved individuals who crossed Caribbean waters and landscapes in search of freedom; disagreement among Spanish colonial denizens about what to do with the refugees; and the Crown’s efforts to exert control over relatively marginal or contested parts of its domains.

 

 

Thursday, May 4, or Friday, May 5, 2017 (TBA)

Harvard Renaissance Colloquium

Maria Devlin (Harvard University)

"Renaissance Comedy: A Retrospective"

Location and Time TBA

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 5:30pm

Women and Culture in the Early Modern World, Harvard Mahindra Humanities Center

"Some Early Modern Literary Legacies of Anne Boleyn"

F. Elizabeth Hart, Independent Scholar

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

 

*Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 4:00pm

The John Carter Brown Library Fellow’s Talk

Chloe Ireton(University of Texas at Austin), Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow

Details to follow.

MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, Corner of George and Brown Streets, Providence, RI 

 

*Friday, May 12, 2017, 5:30pm

The John Carter Brown Library at Brown University

New England Bound: lecture by Wendy Warren

Details to follow.

MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, Corner of George and Brown Streets, Providence, RI 

 

 

Friday, May 12, 20174–6pm

Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop

“On Living Mirrors and Mites: Leibniz’s Encounter with Pascal on Infinity and Living Things circa 1696”

Robbins Library on the second floor of Emerson hall, Harvard Yard

Please write to Jeff McDonough for a copy of the paper: jkmcdon at fas.harvard.edu

 

*Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 4:00pm

The John Carter Brown Library Fellow’s Talk

VK Preston (University of Toronto), Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow

Details to follow.

MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, Corner of George and Brown Streets, Providence, RI

 

*Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 4:00pm

The John Carter Brown Library Fellow’s Talk

Rafael da Silva Campos (CHAM, New University of Lisbon), Gulbenkian Foundation Fellow

Details to follow.

MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, Corner of George and Brown Streets, Providence, RI

 

*Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 4:00pm

The John Carter Brown Library Fellow’s Talk

"Visualizing Colonial France in the Eighteenth Century: Using Digital Humanities to Map a New Approach to an Old Claim"

Elizabeth Heath (Baruch College-CUNY)

MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, Corner of George and Brown Streets, Providence, RI

 

*Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 4:00pm

The John Carter Brown Library Fellow’s Talk

Marcy Norton (George Washington University), National Endowment for the Humanities/InterAmericas Fellow

Details to follow.

MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, Corner of George and Brown Streets, Providence, RI 

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

New England Renaissance Conference

“Deceit, Deception, and Dishonesty in the Early Modern Era”

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Call for Papers, Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Email for more information Lorenzo Buonanno, lorenzo.buonanno@umb.edu and Shannon McHugh, shannon.mchugh@umb.edu