The Renaissance

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The Seminar in the Renaissance, founded in 1945 by Paul Oskar Kristeller and John Herman Randall, hosts presentations of about 45-50 minutes on various aspects of Renaissance thought (including Renaissance humanism) and its ramifications in the arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature) and the sciences (physical, natural, historical and philological), as well as history and philosophy.  The Renaissance is taken to include the period from about 1350 to about 1650.  We meet on the second Tuesday of each month in Faculty House from September through December and from February through May at 5:30 pm.  Participants may choose to join the speaker for a buffet dinner from 7 pm.

Cynthia M. Pyle
New York University

Alan Stewart
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Acting Co-Chair
Kathy Hannah Eden

Marilyn Bowen

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.




09/08/2015 Faculty House
5:30 PM
Forensic Rhetoric and Humanist Education
Kathy Eden (Columbia),

Notes: To reserve a place for dinner following the talk (at 7 pm, also in Faculty House, buffet at a fixed price of $25), please write no less than a week in advance to the rapporteur, John Kuhn,
5:30 PM
The Del Bufalo at Capo le Case
Patricia Waddy (Syracuse),

11/10/2015 Faculty House
5:30 PM
'Shame' and 'Posteritism' in Renaissance Studies: From Kristeller to Petrarch
Rocco Rubini (Chicago),

12/08/2015 Faculty House
5:30 PM
History of The Seminar in the Renaissance (1945-2015)
Cynthia Pyle, New York University

Peter Rudnytsky, The University of Florida

Maristella Lorch, Barnard College and Columbia University

02/09/2016 Faculty House
5:30 PM
"The Natural Magic of Magnets: Images of Attraction in Seventeenth-century Rome" [Teaching Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century: Image and Text]
Louise Rice, New York University

03/08/2016 Faculty House
5:30 PM
Cusanus/Valla; Northern/Southern Versions of Humanist Inquiry
Nancy Struever, Johns Hopkins University

04/12/2016 Faculty House
5:30 PM
Marsilio Ficino’s and Girolamo Cardano’s variations on The dream of Scipio
Jacomien Prins, Univeristy of Warwick, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR)

05/10/2016 Faculty House
5:30 PM
Thomas Whythorne: a Tudor musician’s life-writing in songs and sonnets
Alan Stewart, Columbia University