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Roundtable and Reception
Friday, December 10th, 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 2010 event of Renaissance Studies, the multi-disciplinary program for faculty and graduate students who work on materials from the 14th to the 17th century. The program will begin at 4:30 with a roundtable followed by a reception.

The roundtable will explore issues of general interest to scholars of Renaissance and early modern studies, with presentations by three of our own doctoral students. JENNIFER CAVALLI (History) will focus on Eleonora d’Aragona (1450-1493) and her relationship with the convent of Corpus Christi in Ferrara and how, by establishing close ties to key convents such as Corpus Christi, she solidified her moral authority as Duchess of Ferrara and provided a model of courtly virtue and governance. MARIA MAURER (History of the Art) will look at the Sala dei Giganti at the Palazzo del Te in Mantua, a room that was intended to elicit dramatic responses from its visitors, and was therefore constructed as a stage on which courtiers could enact gendered and social relationships. ALLEN SHOTWELL (History and Philosophy of
Science) will discuss the techniques of dissection and the growing emphasis on their use found in anatomical texts in the early sixteenth century.

We will welcome new faculty and graduate students, advertise the Renaissance Studies minor and certificate, announce the speakers for the new year-long lecture series titled “Renaissance Cultures in Transit,” as well as other events. This will be a chance for faculty and graduate students alike to meet colleagues working on early modern materials in other disciplines.

I hope to see many of you.

Massimo Scalabrini
Director of Renaissance Studies