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.

2015-2016 REMS SCHEDULE OF LECTURES

Semester I

  • Tuesday, 27 October, Jason Jacobs (Roger Williams University,) "Gut Feelings: Bodies, Affect, and the Prehistory of the Self"
  • Thursday, 3 December, 4PM (Note: Change of time) Frank Klaassen  (University of Saskatchewan, CA,) "Diabolism, the Reformation, and the Origins of Modern Magic"

 

Semester II

  • Thursday, 4 February, Esther Ritman (Director & librarian, Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Amsterdam,) "Hermetically Open"
  •   Wednesday, 16 March, Peter N. Miller (Bard Graduate Center,) "Peiresc, Microhistory and the Macroscale: Intellectual History as Global History"
  • Friday, 22 April at 4PM (Note: Change of date and time) Leah DeVun (Rutgers University,) “The Jesus Hermaphrodite: Heaven and Earth in Premodern Europe”


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 Apr. 18, 2016 – 5:00 -7:00pm

Talk, "Books as Jews: The Burning of the Talmud, Paris 1241 and Rome 1553." 

David Stern, Harvard University

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

 

*Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 4:00pm

Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Talk, “Collapse of the Khwarazmshah Dynasty in Iran: Reasons and Consequences”

Maryam Kamali, Harvard University

Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Room 102, Harvard University, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

http://cmes.fas.harvard.edu/event/collapse-khwarazmshah-dynasty-iran-reasons-and-consequences 

 

Tuesday, Apr.19, 2016 – 5:00-7:00pm

Sponsored by Boston University Benedict Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy

Lecture Series:  “The Sacred and the Social 1650-1790"

Lecture Title: The Interpretation of the Word of God: Hobbes and Spinoza

John Robertson, University of Cambridge

Colloquium Room of the Photonics Building, Boston University, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th Fl. Boston, MA 02215

 

Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016  - 5:15 pm 

Sponsored by the Harvard Renaissance Colloquium

Talk Title, TBA

Niko Suominen, Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Barker Center, Room 269, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 

 

Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016 - 6:00 PM
Sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, Boston College
Lecture, "Shakespeare's Father"
Lena Cowen Orlin,  Georgetown University
101 Devlin Hall, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill

 

Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016 – 4:15pm

Sponsored by the Wesleyan University Thomas and Catherine McMahon Lecture Series

Lecture, “Siena, City of Secrets"

Jane Tylus, New York University

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

The lecture is open to the public.

 

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 5:00-7:00pm

Sponsored by Boston University Benedict Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy

Lecture Series:  “The Sacred and the Social 1650-1790"

Lecture Title: The Flood and the making of Gentile society: G.B. Vico
John Robertson, University of Cambridge

Colloquium Room of the Photonics Building, Boston University, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th Fl. Boston, MA 02215

 

Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016 - 6:00pm 
Sponsored by Boston University Lectures in Criticism
Lecture, "Shakespeare's Wife"
Lena Cowen Orlin, Georgetown University
Location: Room 132, Boston University, College of Arts & Sciences, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, , Boston
Reception after the lecture.

 

Friday, Apr. 22, 5:30pm Reception, 6:00pm Seminar

Shakespearean Studies Seminar Series

Chairs: William Carroll, Coppélia Kahn

Seminar, “Shakespeare’s Daughters”

Lena Cowen Orlin, Georgetown University

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

 

UPCOMING EVENTS (a star indicates a newly listed item)

 

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 5:00-7:00pm

Sponsored by Boston University Benedict Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy

Lecture Series:  “The Sacred and the Social 1650-1790"

Lecture Title: Conjectural histories, religion and society: from J-J Rousseau to F.M. Pagano
John Robertson, University of Cambridge

Colloquium Room of the Photonics Building, Boston University, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th Fl. Boston, MA 02215

 

*Monday, April 25, 2016 - 5:00 – 6:30pm

History of Science Special Guest Lecture, "A Tale of Three Ships and Many Plants: Joseph Banks and Traveling Natures in the Late Eighteenth Century"

Jordan Goodman, University College London

Science Center, Room 469, Harvard University, Department of the History of Science, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge MA, 02138

Refreshments will be served.

http://histsci.fas.harvard.edu/event/dhs-seminar-jordan-goodman-university-london

No need to RSVP.

 

Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016 – 4:15pm 

Sponsored by the Wesleyan Renaissance Seminar

Seminar, "Ambiguous Valois Bodies: French Rulers and Monstrosity (1494-1589)"

Touba Ghadhessi, Wheaton College

(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/

 

Thursday, April 28, 2016 – 5:00pm

Visual Representation, Materiality, and Medium Seminar Series

Chairs: Robin Kelsey, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth
Seminar, "Imagining China in Eighteenth-Century France"

Kristel Smentek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sackler Museum, Room 515, Harvard University, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

**Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016 – 5:00-7:00pm (new date)

Sponsored by the Early Sciences Working Group

Talk, “Renaissance Surgery and The Moral Economy of Pain”

Paolo Savoia, Harvard University

Science Center, Room 469, Harvard University, Department of the History of Science, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge MA, 02138

 

Friday, April 29, 2016 – 9:00am – 8:30pm

Sponsored by Business History, Harvard Business School

Workshop , “Experience and the Science of Trade in the Long 18th Century”

Will include talks by:

John Shovlin, “Jealousy of Credit: John Law’s 'System' and the Geopolitics of Financial Revolution”

Will Deringer, “The Preeminent Bookkeepers in Christendom: Calculating Personalities and Impersonal Calculations, c. 1718”

Carl Wennerlind, “Swedish Political Economy in the Age of Freedom: Merchants, Mechanics, and Machines.”

Andre Wakefield, “The Uses and Abuses of Expertise.”

Christine Zabel,“Speculation - The Science of Calculating Contingencies”

Martin Giraudeau, “: Inclined plans. Business Plans and the Mechanics of Capitalism”

Cotting House Building, Conference Room 107, Harvard Business School, 117 Western Ave
Boston, MA

To view complete program visit: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/seminars/Pages/default.aspx

Participants can receive copies of the papers in advance of the conference by sending an email request to Christine Zabel, czabel@fas.harvard.edu

 

Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016 - 9:00am – 4:00pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Conference, Historical Swordsmanship Conference

Renaissance Center, Reading Room, UMass Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002

Full-day conference with academic papers as well as swordsmanship demonstrations. Lunch will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Please pre-register by April 29th at 413-577-3600 or renaissance@english.umass.edu

www.umass.edu/renaissance

 

Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 11:00am – 4:00pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Festival, The 14th Annual Community Renaissance Festival

Various musical, theatrical, and experiential entertainment.

Renaissance Center, Great Meadow, UMass Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002.

We’ll have theater, music, falconry, juggling, sword demonstrations from Phoenix Swords, Renaissance games, artisans, dancing, and more! Costumes encouraged! Fun for the whole family.

Rain or shine. Plenty of on-site free parking. Food for sale from UMass concessions.

www.umass.edu/renaissance

Admission is free although donations are welcome.

 

Friday, May 6, 2016 – 4:00pm – 5:00pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Event, Sonnetfest

Members of the Renaissance Center Community

Renaissance Center, Reading Room, UMass Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002.

Our annual reading aloud of sonnets followed by white wine and strawberries.

Call the Center at 413-577-3600 to sign up to read a sonnet. Free and open to the public.

www.umass.edu/renaissance

Please call the center at 413-577-3600 if you would like to read a sonnet.

 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 6:00pm

Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar Series

Chairs: Susan Lanser, Yoon Sun Lee, Ruth Perry
Seminar, Title TBA 
Janet Todd, University of Aberdeen

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

 

Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 4:00pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Community Event and Lecture, Normand Berlin Tree Dedication and Shakespeare,

Adam Zucker, UMass Amherst

Renaissance Center, Reading Room and Meadow, UMass Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002.

We will dedicate the new oak tree at the Renaissance Center in memory of Normand Berlin, who taught community classes on Shakespeare at the Renaissance Center.

The dedication will be followed by a lecture on Shakespeare delivered by Adam Zucker. A reception will follow. Free and open to the public.

www.umass.edu/renaissance

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 2016 - 12:00pm each day

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies and The Young Shakespeare Players East

Performance of “Romeo and Juliet” by the

The Young Shakespeare Players East

Renaissance Center, Great Meadow Stage, UMass Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002.

Free and open to the public. Keep checking www.umass.edu/renaissance for updates on times.

www.umass.edu/renaissance

No reservations required.

 

Saturday, Jun. 18, 2016 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Concert, Garden Opening Concert

Zoe Vandermeer, AyreCraft, and Nota Bene

Renaissance Center, Great Meadow, UMass Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002.

To celebrate the official opening of our gardens, we invite you to hear three concerts outside on the grounds of the Renaissance Center.

Guests may take refreshments outside to enjoy during the concerts.

No reservations are required.

www.umass.edu/renaissance

Suggested donation of $5 per person.

 

Monday, Jul. 11 – Friday, Jul. 15, 2016 – 9:00am – 3:30pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Summer Program, Kids Renaissance Summer (KRS)

Renaissance Center, Great Meadow, UMass Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002.

Kids ages 9 – 13 can experience different aspects of the Renaissance through an interdisciplinary summer day program.

Activities will include performing scenes from Renaissance theater, playing authentic Renaissance games, testing out historical recipes, writing their own sonnets, painting “en plein air,” and more!

The week will culminate in a performance where the kids can display their creations, perform their scenes, and read their very own sonnets for their friends and families.

Keep checking www.umass.edu/renaissance for more information on registration night and tuition.

www.umass.edu/renaissance

 

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 – 11am – 1pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Enchanted Circle Theater, and Holyoke Public Schools

Theater, Acting Shakespeare

Enchanted Circle Theater

Renaissance Center, Great Meadow, UMass Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002.

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.

www.umass.edu/renaissance

No reservations.