College of Arts and Sciences

Renaissance Studies


Roundtable and Reception
Friday, December 13th, 4:30-6:30
College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI)
1211 East Atwater Avenue (Corner of Ballantine and Atwater)

Mark your calendars for the last 2013 event of Renaissance Studies. The program will begin at 4:30 with a roundtable followed by a reception.

These roundtables explore issues of general interest to scholars of Renaissance and early modern studies, with short presentations by doctoral students. This year, Amanda Henrichs (English) will read select poems from Robert Herrick’s “Hesperides” to investigate the relationship of seventeenth-century poets to their formal lyric traditions, claiming that the ways in which poets engage with those traditions can provide new understandings of temporality applicable to twentieth-century phenomenology. Andrea Polegato (French and Italian) will focus on prudence—a pivotal concept in humanist culture and in Machiavelli’s political thought—to show how Machiavelli’s understanding of the concept is shaped by his experience as administrator of the Florentine republic. HAOHAO LU (Art History) will discuss word-plays in the poetry albums of Margaret of Austria (1480-1530), regent of the Burgundian-Habsburg Netherlands, examining how syntactic games became a means to visualize and enact the paradoxical nature of erotic desire. Finally, Scott Hyslop (History and Philosophy of Science) will present on the mathematical formulation of the rules of collision in the early seventeenth century in the works of Thomas Harriot (1560-1621), Isaac Beeckman (1588-1637), and René Descartes (1596-1650).

We will also welcome new faculty and graduate students, advertise the Renaissance Studies minor and certificate, announce the speakers for the 2014 lecture series titled “Truth, Falsehood, and Fraud in the Renaissance,” as well as other events. This will be a chance for faculty and graduate students to meet colleagues working in other disciplines.

I hope to see you there!
Massimo Scalabrini
Director of Renaissance Studies