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Past Events


Neo-Latin Working Group

Tuesdays 116/WHC 1:30-2:30pm.

January 25th - Facio



Renaissance Studies Lecture Series - 2010-2011



Friday, Nov. 5, 12:30-2:00, LC 319 and late afternoon TBA

James Hankins, Professor of History, Harvard University

Sponsored jointly with the Department of Classics


Thursday, Jan. 27, 4:00-6:00, Phelps 407

Kathy Eden, Chavkin Family Professor of English Literature and Professor of Classics, Columbia University

“The Renaissance Rediscovery of Intimacy”


Tuesday, Feb. 22, 4:00-6:00, WHC 208

Leonard Barkan, Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

"Pages from Michelangelos's Life, with Reflections on Some Other Lives"


Wednesday, Feb. 23, 12:00-2:00, WHC 208

Leonard Barkan

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Week event

"Lost and Found Between Disciplines"


Renaissance Studies Lunch Series

You are cordially invited to join the new Renaissance Studies Lunch
Series: come for the free lunch, and stay for the intellectual community!

We will be meeting throughout the semester in the Saybrook College Fellows' Room to eat, talk, and hear a presentation from a grad student or faculty member working on topics in or related to Renaissance Studies. We hope these lunches will help build connections between departments and programs, as well as providing a friendly and lively environment for the presentation of new work, evolving work, or work in any other stage of progress.

Mark your calendars with the fall schedule now, and we'll send reminders (with talk titles) as each date draws near:

Fall Semester 2010

Monday, Sept. 27, 12-1 pm: Carlos Eire (History and Religious Studies)

Monday, Oct. 11, 12-1 pm: Michael Komorowski (English)

Monday, Oct. 25, 12-1 pm: Maria Clara Iglesias (Italian)

Monday, Nov. 8, 12-1 pm: Brian Walsh (English)

Monday, Nov. 29, 12-1 pm: TBA*

Spring Semester 2011

January 24, 12-1 pm:  Christopher Semk (French)

February 14, 12-1 pm: Marcia Colish (History)

February 28, 12-1pm: Alexia Ferracuti (Italian)

March 28, 12-1 pm: Jessica DeVos (French)

April 11, 12-1 pm: Joost Keiser (Art History)

April 25, 12-1 pm: Claudia Rammelt (Classics)


*Contact if you'd like this spot!

October 1-2, 2010

Yale Graduate Symposium: Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics



Medieval Renaissance Colloquium

History of Art Department and the Middle Eastern Studies Council



Crafting a Romance in Text and Image

The Illustrated Persian Manuscript of Varqa and Gulshah between Arabia, Iran, and Anatolia


Oya Pancaroğlu, Boğaziçi University 

Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 PM



Join us for pizza and wine in Loria 3rd Floor Lounge at 7:00 PM.

Lecture begins at 7:30 PM, Loria 351


Please send any questions to or

Previous Events 2009-10

October 9, 2010, 8:30-5:30

New England Renaissance Conference: The Immaterial Renaissance

Loria Center & Whitney Humanities Center
Click here for more information

April 1, 12:30-2:00
Presentation of Beinecke materials on early modern historical writing
Kathryn Jeames
Beinecke 38/39

April 15, 12:30-2:00

Graduate student work in progress

WLH 211

May 6, 4:30-6:00

Christopher Celenza, Professor

Department of German and Romance Languages

Johns Hopkins University

What "Counted" as Philosophy in the Italian Fifteenth Century?  

Marsilio Ficino, the History of Philosophy, and Styles of Life in the Italian Renaissance

LC 319


Transitions to Modernity Colloquium

The MacMillian Center :: The Department of History



Professor Anthony Grafton
  Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the chair of the Council of the Humanities at Princeton

?Mentoring in the Humanities?

Friday, February 19, 12:00-2:00 pm Hall of Graduate Studies 211.
Lunch will be provided.

Pratice Makes Imperfect: The Culture of Correction

 in the Renaissance Printing House

Lunch will be provides

Friday, February 19, 4:30- 6:00 pm, Rm 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall Street)

Reception to follow.

Sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Student Assembly, and the Renaissance Studies Program.


Thursday, November 12th, 4:30 pm:  Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Dutton on Julian of Norwich.  Niebuhr Hall.  Contact Prof. Denys Turner for more information.

Saturday, November 14, 7:30 PM

Cappella Romana Vocal Ensemble: Renaissance Encounters: Greek East and Latin West

The Renaissance was fed by encounters, both real and imagined, between Western Europeans and Greeks. Hear how Byzantine and Latin musicians of the 15th and 16th centuries captured these cultural meetings in music. Cappella Romana is a vocal chamber ensemble dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West, with emphasis on early and contemporary music. For additional information see

Trinity Lutheran Church, 292 Orange Street (corner of Wall St.)

Cosponsored by the Hellenic Studies Program and the Yale Institute for Sacred Music.



Working Group

Renaissance Studies Presents

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 12 p.m. @ WLH 211 Carlos M. N. Eire, Professor of
History and Religious Studies, on eternity in the 16th century

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. visit to Yale University Collection of Musical
Instruments, led by Susan Thompson, Curator (this date is subject to change)

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 12 p.m. @ WLH 211 graduate student papers


Working Group

The English Department

Medieval & Renaissance Colloquium Presents

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6:00 p.m.

                  “Milton’s Commonplace Book and the History of Reading in Early Modern England”

                                          Thomas Fulton, Rutgers University

All talks are held in LC 319


Working Group

The Medieval/Renaissance Forum

Department of History of Art Presents


Mia Genoni

Mellon Special Collections Humanities

Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer

Special Programs in the Humanities

Yale University

Tuesday, October 13, 7:35 room 351 Loria

     "To See and Understand: Word and Image as Persuasion in Filarete's Architettonico Libro


Conferences 2009-2010

Southern Connecticut State University

Fiction Matters:  Literary Texts in Transition

    Saturday, November 7, 2009

         9:30 am- 12:30 pm

         Engleman Hall A125



Session I   9:45am-11:00am


Albert R. Ascoli  “Dante, Petrarch and the Making of a Modern Reader”

 Bart Ehrman   “Literary Forgeries and Counter-Forgeries in Early Christian          Tradition”

11:00am-11:15am          Coffee Break

Session II  11:15am-12:30pm


Carol Symes       “Prescription, Postscription, Transcription, Improvisation:  Deciphering the Textual Evidence for Pre-modernPerformance Practice”


Sarah Beckwith           “Shakespeare’s Resurrections: The Winter’s Tale”


 For more conference information, or to register, please contact: Pina Palma at (203) 392-6753 (

Jim Rhodes (