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The Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
The Johns Hopkins University
Gilman Hall 301
Baltimore, MD 21218

Lawrence Principe
Director

Phone (410) 516-5296
Fax (410) 516-7586

Past events

 

 

 
Descartes and Spinoza Workshop

Sunday, 14 September 2014, 9:30-6:30 ; Location: Gilman 130 D

Organizers: Yitzhak Y. Melamed (Johns Hopkins University), Mogens Laerke (ENS-Lyon/University of Aberdeen), Justin Smith (Paris VII), Dan Garber (Princeton University)

Sponsors: Department of Philosophy and The Charles S. Singleton Center for the
Study of Premodern Europe, Johns Hopkins University; ANR ANTHROPOS, ENS de
Lyon; and Institut d'histoire de la pensée classique, UMR5037, ENS de LyonParis-VII

A common perception in current Anglo-American Spinoza scholarship is that Spinoza
should be considered as working within the Cartesian framework, trying to amend
it from within. In this workshop we will reevaluate the veracity of this view. We will
consider the Descartes-Spinoza nexus from various angles and with regard to various
issues. The workshop will take place on Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at the

Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University.

The workshop will be comprised of the following five sessions. Each session will begin
with a brief presentation of research question, followed by 75 minutes of informal
discussion.

Session 1. 9:30-11:00

Method and Order of Reasons: What are the similarities and differences between the
philosophical methods of both philosophers? What is the significance of the fact that
Descartes claims to follow an analytic order, and Spinoza uses a geometrical style?

What are the ramifications of the fact that Descartes begins with the cogito and Spinoza
with God?

Discussion leaders: Michael Della Rocca (Yale) and Oded Schechter (Chicago)

Session 2: 11:00-12:30

Natural Philosophy and Science: To what extent can we describe Spinoza’s physical
theory (if he has one) as Cartesian? Does Spinoza accept or reject the main features
of Descartes’ physics? What roles do biology, especially human biology play in their
respective systems? What is the relation between metaphysics and physics in both
philosophers? Discussion leaders: Hellen Hattab (Houston) and Alison Peterman
(Rochester).

Lunch break

Session 3: 1:30-3:00

Metaphysics and Ontology: To what extent are Spinoza’s chief ontological terms –
Substance, Attribute, and Modes – mere revisions of Descartes? What are the major
similarities and differences between Descartes’ and Spinoza’s understanding of eternity,
duration, and time?

Discussion leaders: Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins) and Kristin Primus (NYU/
Georgetown)

Session 4: 3:00-4:30

Philosophy of Mind and Psychology: What happens to the Cartesian I once it enters
the Spinozist realm? What is the target of Spinoza’s critique of the free will? Why does
Spinoza reject, and Descartes affirm, the substantiality of the I?

Discussion leaders: John Brandau (Johns Hopkins) and Alan Nelson (UNC- Chapel Hill)

Coffee break

Session 5: 5:00-6:30

Religion and Philosophy: What is the role of teleology – divine and natural – in both
philosophers? Can the human mind know God adequately? To what extent do both
philosopher consider anthropomorphic thinking as major threat? Is God a lawgiver, and
if so, in what sense?

Discussion leaders: Mogens Laerke (ENS, Lyon) and Daniel Garber (Princeton)

Dinner
Hopkins-Penn-Princeton-Columbia Early Modern Philosophy Workshop
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus
Gilman Hall, Room 288
 
 
10:30   John Brandau (Johns Hopkins University): “Spinoza's Theory of Definition”
11:45   Oded Schechter (University of Chicago): “Spinoza on Existence and Temporalities: the Kinds of Cognition”
1:00     Lunch & visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art
3:00     Robert Hoffmann (University of Pennsylvania): "Kant on the Justification of Punishment"
4:15     Daniel Garber (Princeton University): “Rationalism Gone Wild: Spinoza and the  PSR”
5:30     Dinner
 
The event is free and open to the public. The event is generously supported by the Philosophy Department and the Charles Singleton Center for the study of Pre-Modern Europe.
For campus directions, see http://apply.jhu.edu/visit/homewood/directions/. For any other inquiries, please email Yitzhak Melamed (ymelame1@jhu.edu).

 

March 20-22 (Thursday-Saturday) - Joint Conference--JHU and Loyola University of Maryland:
"Mary Under Duress: The Cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Anglo-Spanish Europe 1525-1675." Meetings at Loyola, Peabody, and Homewood.


Working across the confessional spectrum, Catholic and Protestant, this collaborative, cross-disciplinary conference will explore continuities and alterations, as well as outright rejections, of pre-Reformation devotional attitudes towards the Blessed Virgin Mary in early modern England and continental Europe, particularly in Spain, ca. 1525-1675. 1675. Examples will be drawn from prayer and polemic, the imaginative literature, art, music, and allied cultural practices during the period. In tracking Marian devotional attitudes and modes of cultural expressions across time, we welcome evidence of ecclesiastical and lay, male and female practice and participation. Co-sponsored by The Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe, the Humanities Center, the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center, Johns Hopkins University; & the Humanities Center, and Catholic Studies Program, Loyola University of Maryland. If you are interested to attend, please contact earle.havens@jhu.edu.

Conference Schedule:

Thursday, March 20

Morning meeting to convene at Loyola University of Maryland, McGuire Hall East

Afternoon session to take place in the Bakst Theater, Evergreen Museum & Library (4545 North Charles Street), enter through the gift shop to the left of the front façade of the mansion.

11-11:30AM: Introductory remarks

11:30AM-1:00PM: Panel 1, THE VIRGIN IN TEXT AND IMAGE

Robert Miola (Loyola, English & Classics), “Stabat Mater Dolorosa: Mary at the Cross in Early Modern Polemic, Art, and Poetry”

Gary Waller (SUNY Purchase, Literature and Cultural Studies), “‘Verkündigung nach Tizian’: Fades, Traces, and Transformations of the Annunciation in the Dis-enchantment of Early Modern Culture” 

1:00-2:30PM: Lunch break

2:30-4:00PM: Panel 2, MARIAN LITURGY

Earle Havens (JHU, History), “The Marian Church Militant: Vernacular Representations of the Virgin Mary in the Devotional Literature of England and the Spanish Netherlands, 1558-1603”

Judith Maltby (Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Church History), “Liturgical Mary: The Virgin Mary and Public Worship in England”

Friday, March 21

All day meeting to convene at the historic George Peabody Library in downtown Baltimore (17 East Mount Vernon Place). 

10-10:30AM: Brief presentation on history of the Peabody Library

10:30AM-12:45PM: Panel 3, MARIAN DEVOTIONS

Elizabeth Patton (JHU, Humanities Center), “Text, Image, and Artifact as Touchstones of Change in Marian Devotional Practice”

Erin Rowe (JHU, History), “Beyond the Immaculate Conception: The Medieval Cult of the Rosary and Early Modern Spanish Devotion”

Susannah Monta (Notre Dame, English), “The Rosary and the Virgin Mary in 16th-Century Literature and Culture”

12:45PM-2:15PM Lunch break

2:30PM-4:00PM: Panel 4, THE VIRGIN AND THE CATHOLIC COLLEGES

Peter Harris (Royal English College, Valladolid, Archives), “Our Lady Vulnerata and the Early History of the Royal English College in Valladolid”

Clare Carroll (Queens College, CUNY, Comparative Literature), “Luke Wadding, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Aula Massima of the Irish College of St. Isidore, Rome” 

4:00-4:30PM: Coffee reception, Peabody Exhibition Hall

4:30-5:30PM: Tour of the Early Modern Rare Book Catholica Collection, George Peabody Library 

7:00-8:00PM: Choral concert of Marian music, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (409 Cathedral Street)

Saturday, March 22

Morning meeting to convene Brody Learning Commons, Homewood Campus, Johns Hopkins University. Photo ID required for all non-Johns Hopkins affiliates at entrance.

9:45-10:15AM: Coffee reception

10:15 -11:45AM: Panel 5, VISIONS OF THE VIRGIN

Carlos Eire (Yale, History & Religious Studies), “María de Ágreda and the Virgin Mary in 17th-Century Europe”

Felipe Pereda (JHU, History of Art), “Juan de Roelas’ Allegory of the Immaculate Conception (1616) and Sevillian Polemic in the Reign of Philip III”

11:45AM-12:15PM: Closing remarks, roundtable discussion



April 14 (Monday), 5 pm, 300 Gilman Hall - Singleton Lecture: Stefania Pastore (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa): "Too many Truths: Spain, the Medieval Heritage, and the Rise of Doubt"

April 27 (Sunday) - Early Modern Philosophy Workshop; for more information contact Yitzhak Melamed (ymelame1@jhu.edu).

May 9 (Friday), 1:00-5:00, 300 Gilman Hall - Afternoon Conference: "Greek, Coptic, Syriac, and Arabic Alchemical Sources and their Latin Reception." Reception to follow.

This short symposium is part of a meeting of an international group working on editing and translating early texts in the languages cited above. Technical working sessions precede and follow the Friday public presentations; contact Lawrence Principe (376 Gilman; x6-4807; Lmafp@jhu.edu) for more information or if you wish to attend one of the workshop sessions.

March 5 (Wednesday), 5 pm, 300 Gilman Hall- Singleton Faculty Affiliates Lecture: Gerard
Passannante (University of Maryland, College Park), "Leonardo and the Disaster Complex"

 

2012

Dr. Elissa Weaver, University of Chicago
"Convent Women and the Stage in Granducal Florence: Dramatists, Divas, and Duchesses"
Date: April 10, 2013
Time: 5.15pm
Location: Gilman 288
Event poster

 

Monday, October 29 - Thursday, November 1
Singleton Center Lecture Series
Thomas Cummins, Harvard University

Updated Schedule:

Wednesday, 31 October
"The New and the Rare: European Tapestries and Mexican Paintings, and Maps for Charles V"
5 p.m., Gilman 50

Thursday, 1 November
"Extraordinary Things: Paintings from the Viceroyalty of Peru in the Real Palace in Madrid and Escorial for Philip II"
3 p.m., Hodson 315

Thursday, 1 November
"That it Might Please Your Majesty: Illustrated Manuscripts from America for Philip III"
5 p.m., 50 Gilman
Dinner reception to follow at 7 pm

Thursday to Saturday, November 8-10
International Conference, "Literary
Forgery & Patriotic Mythology,
1450-1800"

Epistemic Exchange in the Early Modern World. European and non-Europeans in Dialogue: Research Perspectives

18-19 June 2012
Cappella, Villa Schifanoia

Schedule of papers:

Thursday, November 8

Earle Havens, Johns Hopkins University: "Bibliotheca Fictiva: A Library of Literary and Historical Forgery."

Frederic Clark, Princeton University: "Material Texts and the History of Criticism: Unmasking Late Antique Spuria in Early Modern Scholarship."

A. Katie Harris, University of California, Davis: "Material and Textual Forgery in the Lead Books of Granada."

Ingrid Rowland, Professor, University of Notre Dame, Rome Campus: "Melchior Inchofer, S. J. (1584-1648) on the Virgin's Letter and the Etruscan Antiquities."

Friday, November 9

Anthony Grafton, Princeton University: "Annius of Viterbo: The Forger as a Christian Hebraist."

Walter Stephens, Johns Hopkins University: "Forgery and the History of Writing: Annius and the Authority of Wonder."

Richard Cooper, Oxford University: "Forging Gallic Antiquities in Renaissance France."

Alfredo Perifano, Université de Franche-Comté: "Auctoritas and the Text: Towards a Typology of the Use of the False in Alchemy between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance."

Brian Copenhaver, University of California, Los Angeles: "Under Which Lyre? Vico's Hermes after Casaubon."

Arthur Freeman, Independent Scholar and retired Professor, Department of English, Boston University. Keynote Lecture: "Hoax and Forgery, Whimsy and Fraud: Taxonomical Reflections."

Saturday, November 10

Kate Tunstall, University of Oxford: "'Place à l'Ombre!' Forgery, Patriotic Mythology and the Living Dead."

Jack Lynch, Rutgers University: "Ireland's England, England's Ireland: William Henry Ireland's National Offense."

Richard Kagan, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University: Concluding Remarks


Monday April 16
History of Science and Technology and German and Romance Languages and Literature
Didier Kahn,(Université de Paris IV - CNRS)
"Literature and Natural Philosophy in Montfaucon de Villars' The Comte de Gabalis"
4 pm, Gilman 388 (Cosponsored by the Singleton Center for Premodern Europe)

Marsilio Ficino Lecture Series: Gnosis, Astrology, and Medicine

Wouter J. Hanegraaff (University of Amsterdam), "The Role of Gnosis in Renaissance Hermetism: From Ficino to Foix de Candale" (February 13)

H. Darrel Rutkin (Stanford University): "The Physics and Metaphysics of Talismans (Imagines Astronomicae) in Marsilio Ficino's De vita libri tres: A Case Study in (Neo)Platonism, Aristotelianism and the Esoteric Tradition" (March 12)

Teodoro Katinis (Johns Hopkins University): "Marsilio Ficino's Medicine: Between Tradition and Innovation" (April 2)

2011

April 14, 2011
Spring 2011 Singleton Center Lecture and Reception
Alexandra Walsham
The Reformation of the Generations: Youth, Age, and Religious Change in England, c. 1500-1700
John N. Bahcall Auditorium, 29 Steven Muller Building; 5:15 PM
March 2, 2011
The Peabody Institute
Inga Mai Groote, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


2010

November 18-20, 2010

Anonymity Conference
sponsored by the Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment, Oxford University, and the Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe

October 4-8, 2010

The Charles Singleton Lecture Series
by Nancy Siraisi, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in History
at Hunter College and at the Graduate Center, City University of New York

The Singleton Center will host the first "The Singleton Lecture Series" during the week of October 4, 2010. Nancy G. Siraisi will present a lecture series titled "Worlds of Learned Experience: Sixteenth-Century Medical Letter Collections."

First lecture is scheduled for Monday, October 4, 2010 at 4pm in the Sherwood Room, Levering Hall. Her first lecture will specifically focus on "Contexts and Communication." This lecture is co-sponsored by the History Department. Immediately following this lecture, a dinner reception will be held in the Azafran Café, located in the Space Telescope Science Institute. Free parking will be available directly across from the Institute. Please RSVP to Megan Zeller at mzeller4@jhu.edu if you will attend the lecture and reception.

Second lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 1pm in the Tudor Stuart Room, Gilman Hall 388. Her second lecture will specifically focus on "Johann Lange: The epistolae medicinales of a Court Physician."

Third lecture is scheduled for Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 4pm in the Tudor Stuart Room, Gilman Hall 388. Her third lecture will specifically focus on "The Medical Networks of Orazio Augenio." This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of History of Science and Technology.

May 18-20, 2010
The Sheridan Libraries
Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe
"Texts and Contetxs: Print and Manuscript Culture in Late-Medieval and Renaissance Europe"
A Master Class for Johns Hopkins Graduate Students, Junior Faculty,
and Affiliates of the Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe.
See here for more information.


May 17, 2010
The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies
2010 Efrem Potts Lecture on Jewish Cosmology
David B. Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania
"Mysticism, Science, and Moral Cosmopolitanism in Enlightenment Jewish Thought:
The Book of the Covenant of Phinehas Elijah Hurwitz (1765-1821) and its Legacy"
Hillel Center, 5:00 pm


May 12-13, 2010
Department of Philosophy
"Conference on Spinoza & German Idealism"
Speakers insclude Karl Ameriks, Notre Dame University; Fred Beiser, Syracuse University;
Omri Bohn, Yale University; Michael Della Rocca, Yale University; Eckhart Forster,
Johns Hopkins University; Michael Forster, University of Chicago; Paul Franks, University of Toronto;
Don Garrett, New York University; Michah Gottleib, New York University;
Johannes Haag, University of Potsdam; Yitzhak, Melamed, Johns Hopkins University
Dalia Nasser, Villanova University; Terry Pinkard, Georgetown University;
Oded Schechter, Princeton University; and Michael Vater, Marquette University
Levering Hall, 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
More information: http://web1.johnshopkins.edu/~emp/spinoza/about.html


May 3, 2010
The Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-modern Europe
"Hebrew and Latin in the Italian Renaissance: A Conversation"
Arthur M. Lesley, Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University &
Christopher S. Celenza, Johns Hopkins University
Dell House 101A; 5:15 pm


April 29, 2010
Department of Classics
Gunnar Seelentag, University of Cologne - Center for Hellenic Studies
"Ordering the Kosmos. Poltical Culture in Archaic and Classical Crete"
Dell House 201A; 5:00 pm


April 20, 2010
Department of Classics
Ralph M. Rosen, University of Pennsylvania
"Aischrology in Old Comedy and the Question of 'Ritual Obscenity'"
Maryland Hall 109; 2:00 pm


April 18, 2010
Department of Philosophy
The Mid-Atlantic Seminar in Early-Modern Philosophy
Speakers include: Ohad Nachtomy (Fordham University); Katherine Dunlop (Brown University);
Peter Distelzweig (University of Pittsburgh); Dan Garber (Princeton University);
Christia Mercer (Columbia University); John Morrison (Barnard College);
Cathay Liu (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill); Marius Stan (Caltech);
and Amy Schmitter (University of Alberta).
For more information see here, or contact ymelame1@jhu.edu


April 5, 2010
Department of the History of Art
"Tradition and Innovation in Imperial and Late Antique Rome"
Pier Luigi Tucci, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici
Krieger Hall, 205; 5:30 pm


April 1, 2010
Department of the History of Science and Technology
Spring 2010 Colloquia
Robert Westman, University of California San Diego
"Copernicus and the Astrologers of Cracow and Bologna"
3505 North Charles St., Homewood campus, room 102; 3:00 pm


March 29, 2010
Department of the History of Art
Annetta Alexandridis, Cornell University
"Nude Empresses? Roman Portrait Statues Between Mimesis and Metaphor"
Krieger Hall, 205; 5:30 pm


March 25, 2010
Department of the History of Science and Technology
Spring 2010 Colloquia
Seth Lejacq, The Johns Hopkins University
"'Butcher-like and hatefull': Domestic Medicine and Resistance to Surgery
in Early-Modern England"
Seminar room, 3rd floor, Welch Library, East Baltimore Campus; 3:00 pm


March 24, 2010
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Giuseppe Mazzotta, Yale University
"Music, History, And Invectives: Paradiso XV-XVII"
Dell House 101A; 5:15 pm


March 23, 2010
The Johns Hopkins Philological Society
Department of the History of Art
Rebecca Molholt, Brown University
"Monsters in the Baths of Roman North Africa"
Dell House 201C; 5:30 pm


March 22, 2010
Department of Classics
Stephen Harrison, Oxford University
"Some Problems in Ovid's Poetic Career"
Dell House, 201A; 4:15 pm


March 22, 2010
Department of the History of Art
Kimberly Cassibry, University of California
"From Province to Capital: Arch Monuments in the Roman Empire"
Shaffer Hall, 3; 6:00 pm


March 11, 2010
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Eleonora Stoppino, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Incongruous Bodies: Animal Contagion In Medieval Italian Culture"
Dell House, 101A; 5:15 pm


March 9, 2010
Department of the History of Art
The Graduate Student Lecture Series
Natalie Kampen, Barnard College, Columbia University and the Joukowsky Institute
for Archaeology, Brown University
"Current Work and Theory in the Study of Gender in Roman Art."
Krieger Hall, 205; 6:00 pm
Press here for a flier of the event.


March 8, 10-11, 2010
Department of History
The James S. Schouler Lecture Series. Presenter
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of Notre Dame.
Title of Series "Tongues of Fire: Some Slave Creole Languages in the Early Modern World."
Mason Auditorium, Homewood Campus
Lecture on Monday, March 8th at 4pm, Wednesday and Thursday at 5pm.
Contact history@jhu.edu for further information.


February 23, 24; March 1, 5, 2010
Department of German & Romance Languages and Literatures
Centre Louis Marin
Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
Daniel Javitch, New York University
"Aristotle's Poetics and Early Modern Thinking about Poetry and Poetic Genres"
Four part seminar series. A detailed description of the seminar, as
well as information on the required readings, is available by email to rswisdak@jhu.edu
Dell House 101A; 5:15 pm


February 22, 2010
Department of Classics
Ewen Bowie, Oxford University/Corpus Christi College
"The origins of the Theognidea: a modest proposal."
Dell House 201-A, 12:00 Noon
Press here for a pdf flier of the event.


February 19, 2010
Department of Classics
Department of the History of Art
Jessica Maier, Tulane University
"A True Likeness: The Renaissance (City) Portrait"
Mergenthaler 111; 5:00 pm
Press here for a pdf flier of the event.


February 11, 2010
The Department of Philosophy Colloquium and the Templeton Fund
Tad Schmaltz, Duke University
"God as Causa Sui and Created Truth in Descartes"
Dell House 102A; 5:00 pm





2009


December 3, 2009
History of Science and Technology Departmental Colloquium
Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Indiana University
"Vivisection in 17th century Anatomy"
Welch Medical Library Seminary Room (E. Baltimore Campus), third floor, 3:00 pm


November 19, 2009
The Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University
Cathy Ann Elias, DePaul University
"Preaching with Songs: Music as Moral Exemplars during Warring Times
and Plagues in Late Trecento Tuscany"
The George Peabody Library, 3:30 pm


November 18-19, 2009
Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies
5th Lavy Colloquium
"The Jewish Jesus"
Participants include Leora Batnitzky, Daniel Boyarin, Matt Goldish, Adam Gregerman,
Warren Zeev Harvey, Matthew Hoffman, Moshe Idel, Yitzhak Melamed, Amitai Mendelsohn,
Elchanan Reiner, Avigdor Shinan, Michael Schwartz, Neta Stahl, and Joanna Weinberg


November 17, 2009
Department of Jewish Studies
Warren Zev Harvey, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"Spinoza's Counterfactual Zionism"
Dell House 102A; 5:00 pm


November 17, 2009
The Graduate Student Lecture Series in the History of Art
Hérica Valladares, The Johns Hopkins University
"Rus in urbe: Visual Pleasures in Pompeian Townhouses"
Charles Commons, Salon A; 6:00 pm


November 11, 2009
The Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University
Warwick Edwards, University of Glasgow
"'Music beyond Measure': the rhythms of words
in monophonic songs and The Great Word-Note Shift"


November 4, 2009
Department of Jewish Studies
Michah Gottlieb, New York University
"Spinoza and Mendelssohn on Censorship"
Dell House 102A; 5:00 pm


October 29, 2009
History of Science and Technology Departmental Colloquium
Patrick Boner, Johns Hopkins University
"Johannes Kepler's Living Cosmology"
3505 N. Charles Street, 3:00 pm


October 14, 2009
Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
Michael Fried, Johns Hopkins University
"An Almost Unknown Masterpiece: Cecco del Caravaggio's Resurrection (1619-1620)."
Space Telescope Science Institute Auditorium, 5:15 pm


October 1, 2009
The Department of Philosophy Colloquium and the Templeton Fund
Alan Nelson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"God, Mind, and Body: The Order of Knowledge"
Dell House 102A; 5:00 pm


September 23, 2009
The Department of History of Art
Felipe Pereda, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
"Velázquez's Crucifix: Sacred Images and the Margins of Art"
Space Telescope Auditorium, 6:15 pm


September 17, 2009
History of Science and Technology Departmental Colloquium
Michael H. Shank, University of Wisconsin
"Politics and Astrology in the Background of the Galileo Affair"
3505 N. Charles Street, 3:00 pm


September 16, 2009
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Joachim Küpper, Freie Universität Berlin
Third Seminar on "Religion & Science in Early Modern European Literature"
Dell House 101A, 5:15 pm


September 10, 2009
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
Francois Rigolot, Princeton University
"Generic Hybridity and Authorial Anxiety"
Dell House 101A, 5:15 pm


September 9, 2009
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Joachim Küpper, Freie Universität Berlin
Second Seminar on "Religion & Science in Early Modern European Literature"
Dell House 101A, 5:15 pm


September 6, 2009
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Joachim Küpper, Freie Universität Berlin
First Seminar on "Religion & Science in Early Modern European Literature"
Dell House 101A, 5:15 pm


May 23, 2009
Book Illustration in Renaissance France Symposium
The Walters Art Museum
The Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
Invited Speakers included: Martina Bagnoli, Virginia Reinburg, Rebecca Zorach,
Robert Schindler, Kim Butler, Tom Conley, Daniel Russell, and Stephen Campbell.


May 15-16, 2009
The Department of the History of Science and Technology
Cosmological Continuity and the Conception of Modern Science
Invited speakers included: Peter Barker (Oklahoma), Patrick J. Boner (JHU), Miguel A. Granada (Barcelona),
Robert A. Hatch (Florida), Victor Navarro Brotons (Valencia), Aviva Rothman (Princeton),
Bruce Stephenson (Chicago), Daniel A. Di Liscia (Munich), Rienk Vermij (Oklahoma),
and Steven Vanden Broecke (Ghent).


April 30, 2009
The Eloquence of Art: A Tribute to Henry Maguire
Department of History of Art
Invited speakers include Charalambos Bakirtzis, Ann Terry,
Robert Ousterhout, and Nancy Sevcenko
Followed by a reception
Smokler Center, 3109 North Charles Street; 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm


April 29, 2009
Department of History of Art
Nicola Suthor, Kunsthistorisches Institut
" 'Art on the tip of the brush'--a blind manoeuvre?
On Correggio's brush, Arent de Gelder's spatula, and
Pietro Testa's figure of practice"
Mergenthaler 255, 6:00 pm


April 28, 2009
History of Art Lecture Series
Department of History of Art
Jeffrey Anderson, George Washington University
"An 11th -century Byzantine MS, Stavrou 109: Illustrations as Commentary on Text"
Followed by a reception
Smokler Center, 3109 North Charles Street; 6:00 pm


April 15, 2009
The Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Adrian Armstrong, Manchester University
"Swords & Stanzas: France vs. Burgundy"
Levering Hall, Sherwood Room; 5:15 pm


April 8, 2009
The Johns Hopkins Philological Society
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stanford University
"Can we use Stimmung as a Metahistorical Concept?
A Case Study Regarding Fernando de Rojas' La Celestina" 
Levering Hall - Sherwood Room, 5:30 pm


April 1, 2009
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
Claude Cazalé, University of Nanterre
"Il Reggimento e costumi di donna di Francesco da Barberino:
Una interpretazione medievale del Cantico dei Cantici"
Dell House 101A, 5:30 pm


March 26, 2009
Political and Moral Thought Seminar
Department of Philosophy
Yitzhak Melamed, Johns Hopkins University
"Spinoza's Anti-humanism"
Mergenthaler 366, 4:00 pm


March 23, 2009
The History Seminar
Department of History
Phil Stern, Duke University
Dell House 102B, 4:00 pm


March 23, 2009
Department of Philosophy
Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
Christia Mercer, Columbia University
"Divinity, Power, and Nature: Ficino and Early Modern Philosophy"
Dell House 102B; 5:00 pm


March 12, 2009
The History Seminar
Department of History
Gretchen Starr-Lebeau, University of Kentucky
"The Power of Inquisition Narratives: Jews,
Conversos, and Christians in the Early Modern World."
Dell House 102B, 4:00 pm


March 9, 2009
The History Seminar
Department of History
Brian Catlos, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dell House 102B, 4:00 pm


March 6-7, 2009
Department of History
Center for Africana Studies
Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
The National Endowment for the Humanities
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
"Africa and the Ealry Modern"
Shriver Hall Ballroom


March 5, 2009
The Johns Hopkins Philological Society
Sean Gurd, Concordia University
"Critique Génétique and Classical Literature"
Dell House 101A, 5:15 pm


March 5, 2009
The History Seminar,
Department of History
Sara Lipton, SUNY at Stony Brook
"The Two-Faced Jew: Medieval Anti-Jewish Caricature
and the Poetics of Vision and Knowledge"
Dell House 102B, 4:00 pm


March 3, 2009
Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
Inaugural Lecture
Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
"Rabbi Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614): How a Humanist Read Jewish Texts"
Space Telescope Institute Auditorium; 5:15 pm


March 3, 2009
History of Art Lecture Series
Department of History of Art
Elizabeth Marlowe, University of Maryland, College Park
"Late Antique Imperial Monuments in Rome: Appropriation, Tradition, Rupture"
Followed by a reception
Smokler Center, 3109 North Charles Street; 6:00 pm


March 2, 2009
The History Seminar
Department of History
Marina Rustow, Emory University
"From the Palace in Cairo to the Synagogue in Fustat:
In Search of the Lost Arabic Archive"
Sherwood Room, Levering Hall; 4:00 pm


February 26, 2009
Political and Moral Thought Seminar
Department of Philosophy
Department of English
Nigel Smith, Princeton University
"Freethinking Marvell"
Dell House 102B, 4:00 pm


February 19, 2009
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Deborah Parker, University of Virginia
"Techno Dante: Teaching the Divine Comedy in the Digital Age"
Dell House 101A; 5:15 pm


February 17, 2009
History of Art Lecture Series
Department of History of Art
Rebecca Zorach, University of Chicago
"'Unnecessary Triangles in Renaissance Art"
Followed by a reception
Smokler Center, 3109 North Charles Street; 6:00 pm


February 4, 2009
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
William Kennedy, Cornell University
"Ronsard Furieux: Petrarch, Ariosto, and the Economics of Poetic Skill in Ronsard's Les amours"
Maryland Hall 310; 5:15 pm


January 31-February 1, 2009
Department of Philosophy
Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
Mid-Atlantic Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy


2008


December 11, 2008
Department of Classics
Sarah Iles Johnston, Ohio State University
"Demeter Winks: Pausianas 2.35 and the Problem of Sacrifice"
Dell House 201A; 12:30 pm


December 3, 2008
The Humanities Center
Department of the History of Science and Technology
Department of the History of Medicine
Seminar with Lorraine Daston, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Dell House 202B, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


December 2, 2008
The Humanities Center
Department of the History of Science and Technology
Department of the History of Medicine
Lorraine Daston, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
"The Moral Authority of Nature: A Philosophical Anthropology"
Dell House 202B, 4.15 pm


November 21, 2008
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
The Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
Walter Stephens, The Johns Hopkins University
"Ozymandias, or Lost Libraries"
Dell House 101A; 12:00 p.m.


November 14, 2008
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
The Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-modern Europe
Virginia Cox, New York University
"The Prodigious Muse: Women's Writing in Counter-Reformation Italy"
Dell House, 101A; 5:15 pm


November 13, 2008
Department of History
Flocel Sabaté, University of Lleida - Yale University
"Death Penalty in Late Medieval Catalonia"
Dell House, History Seminar Room - 102B; 4 pm
Contact the department for precirculated paper


November 13, 2008
Department of History - Political & Moral Thought Seminar
Ann Blair, Harvard University
Mergenthaler Hall, 366; 4 pm


November 12, 2008
Department of English - Tudor and Stuart Lecture
Victoria Kahn, University of California, Berkeley
"Political Theology and Fiction in The King's Two Bodies"
Dell House, 201C; 4 pm


November 12, 2008
Department of Anthropology - Program for the Study of Gender, Women,
and Sexuality
Giulia Sissa, University of California, Los Angeles
Discussion of her book Sex and Sexuality in the Ancient World (Yale 2008)
Greenhouse, 113; 4 pm