Thursday, February 01, 2007

Renaissance Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Renaissance Studies Certificate Program
The Graduate Center
City University of New York
364 Fifth Avenue (34-35 Street)
New York City
Martin Elsky, Coordinator

We are pleased to announce the schedule of Renaissance and Early Modern events at the CUNY Graduate Center for

All events are free and open to the public

Tuesday, February 13
6:30-8:00pm, Skylight Room 
"Undoing Jews: The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice
A conference in conjunction with Theater for a New Audience's simultaneous productions of Christopher Marlowe's Jew of Malta and Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. Panelists include actor F. Murray Abraham, director David Herskovitz, James Shapiro (Columbia University), and Richard McCoy (The Graduate Center, CUNY). Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities. For more information about the plays, please visit:

Thursday, February 15
6:00-7:30pm , Room 9207
Karen Robertson (Vassar College), “Pocahontas: Conversion and Cloth.” Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance.

Friday, February 16
9am-4pm, Segal Theatre
Graduate Student Conference :"Strange Currencies: Dynamic Economies in the Early Modern World."
Keynote address: 4:00pm, Segal Theatre
Kim Hall (Fordham University), "Foreign Encounters with Domestic Economies." Organized by the Early Modern Interdisciplinary Group.

Friday March 9
4:00-6:00pm, Skylight Room
The Medieval & Early Modern Culture of the Book: A Conference in Honor of W. Speed Hill
Seth Lerer (Stanford University), “From Medieval to Early Modern: Books and Readers of the 1550s.”
Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania), "Common-placing Shakespeare's Sonnets"
Co-sponsored by Ph.D. Programs in English and Comparative Literature and the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

Thursday, March 15, 2007
6:00-7:30pm , Room 9207
Betty Hageman (University of New Hampshire), “Introducing Heroic Women to the Restoration Stage: Katherine Philip’s Pompey.” Sponsored by SSWR.

March 30-31, April 12
“Worlds Apart? Early Modern Europe and the Ottoman Empire” I
A Conference Jointly Sponsored by the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program (CUNY Graduate Center) and the Medieval and Renaissance Center (NYU). Co-sponsored by the Ottoman Studies Program(NYU), the Ph.D. Program in Art History and the Office of the Provost (The Graduate Center), and coinciding with the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797.”

Speakers will include:
Nancy Bisaha (History Department, Vassar College)
Richmond Barbour (Department of English, Oregon State University)
Jonathan Burton (Department of English, West Virginia University)
Eric Dursteler (Department of History, Brigham Young University)
Molly Greene (History Department, Princeton University)
Natalie Rothman (Department of History University of Toronto)
Baki Tezcan (Department of History, University of California, Davis)
Daniel Vitkus (English Department, Florida State University)

Friday, March 30
4:00-5:30, Segal Theatre
Papers to be announced
Keynote address
5:45-7:15, Elebash Recital Hall
Deborah Howard (Cambridge University), “The Role of the Ambassador in East-West Early Modern Cultural Exchange."
Reception to follow program.

Saturday, March 31, 9.30am-7pm
Program to be held King Juan Carlos Center, NYU (53 Washington Square South, NYC)
Papers to be announced  
Keynote address, 4:30pm (tentative):
Robert Irwin, (author of Dangerous Knowledge: Orientalism and Its Discontents [2006]), "Enlightened Despots, Gallant Indians and Rococo Harems: Aesthetic Orientalism in the Early Modern Period"

Thursday, April 12
“Worlds Apart? Early Modern Europe and the Ottoman Empire” II
6:30-8pm, Skylight Room
Stefano Carboni (Curator of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and curator of the Met’s exhibition “Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797”)
“Moments of Vision: Venice and the Islamic World”
Co-sponsored by Ph.D. Program in Art History and the Office of the Provost.

Thursday, April 19
6:00-7:30pm , Room 4406
Elena Ciletti, (Hobart and William Smith College), “Artemesia Gentileschi and the Exemplarity of Judith in the Counter Reformation.” Sponsored by SSWR.

Friday, April 20
4:00-6:00pm, Segal Theater
Annual Shakespeare Birthday Lecture
Dympna Callaghan (Syracuse University), "Art and Life in Hamlet and The Comedy of Errors." 
Organized by the PhD Program in English. Cosponsored by The Renaissance Studies Certificate Program.

Thursday, May 17
6:00-7:30pm , Room 9207
Ellen Belton (Brooklyn College, CUNY), “Female Eloquence and Male Authority in Shakespeare’s Comedies.” Sponsored by SSWR


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