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OCTOBER 29, 2016

The European Renaissance ushered in a new age of creative thinking across several areas of human endeavor. This interdisciplinary seminar will explore changes in early modern music, literature, the visual arts, and politics to understand how artists and thinkers developed new ideas and critical perspectives during this era; they did not just resurrect ancient writers or past philosophies, as the name “Renaissance” seems to imply. Tim Carter discusses where early modern Italian music fits in music history periodization. Jessica Wolfe analyzes how writers responded with excitement and anxiety to the advent of new scientific knowledge. Carolyn Allmendinger describes the revolutionary advent of oil painting. Stephen Leonard examines influential new theories about political power and republicanism.



In Search of “Renaissance” Music

Tim Carter, David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music


Invention, Antiquity, and Novelty in Renaissance Literary and Scientific Culture

Jessica Wolfe, Professor of English and Comparative Literature


A “Beautiful Invention and a Great Convenience:” Oil Painting in the Italian Renaissance

Carolyn Allmendinger, Director of Academic Programs, Ackland Art Museum


Machiavelli and the Modern Republican Legacy

Stephen Leonard, Associate Professor of Political Science


Old or New: Rebirth and Creation in the Early Modern Age?

A panel discussion with our speakers


Time & Cost

9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2016. . The tuition is $125 ($110 by Sept. 1). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by Sept. 1). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.


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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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