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September 28, 2021 – Hannah Marcus

August 11th, 2021 No comments

MEMHS: 28 Sept., 4:30 PM – Hannah Marcus (Harvard University). “Cassandra Fedele and the Spectacle of Old Age in Early Modern Venice.”

Abstract:
On May 1, 1556, the 91-year-old humanist and former child prodigy, Cassandra Fedele, performed a Latin oration celebrating a visit to Venice by the Polish Queen. In this chapter draft from my new book project, I reread Fedele’s life and works, focusing not on her famous childhood, but on her experiences as a very old woman living in Venice during a period that was increasingly fixated on the possibilities of long life. I argue that her precarious situation and public performances were part of a broader culture in sixteenth-century Italy that at once valorized and made a spectacle of the elderly in the space of the city.

Pavilion Room, History deparment.

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October 19, 2021 – Zhang Yekai

August 9th, 2021 No comments

MEMHS: 19 Oct., 4:00 P.M. – Zhang Yekai (History, grad. student). ‘Ballads, Poems and the Political Culture of the Second and Third Dutch Wars in Britain, c. 1664-1674’.

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November 16, 2021 – The 42nd William F. Church Memorial Lecture, Gillian Weiss and Meredith Martin

August 7th, 2021 No comments

16 Nov., 5:30 P.M. – The 42nd William F. Church Memorial Lecture, Gillian Weiss (Case Western Reserve University) and Meredith Martin (New York Univesity). “Remembering Mediterranean Slavery in Early Modern France.” Smith-Buonanno, 106.

The transnational movement to confront the legacies of Atlantic slavery has seen statues topple, memorials rise and exhibitions open across the globe. For the most part, however, the phenomenon of early modern galley slavery – and, in particular, enslaved Muslim oarsmen on France’s Mediterranean galleys – has escaped contemporary reckoning. This lecture explores the traces of two thousand esclaves turcs (enslaved Turks) purchased to row on King Louis XIV’s vessels while considering some of the factors shaping their depiction in monuments and museum displays. Ship design, naval weapons, medals, paintings, and prints depicting Ottoman and Moroccan subjects helped proclaim royal supremacy in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. What are the stakes of remembering these individuals today?

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February 15, 2022 – Sarah Christensen

August 5th, 2021 No comments

MEMHS: 15 Feb., 4:30 P..M. – Sarah Christensen (PhD student in History, Brown University). More information coming soon.

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March 15, 2022 – Jonathan Conant

August 4th, 2021 No comments

MEMHS: 15 March, 4:30 P.M. – Jonathan Conant (Associate Professor of History and Classics, Brown University). More information is coming soon.

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April 19, 2022 – Anne Lester

August 3rd, 2021 No comments

MEMHS: 19 April, 4:30 P.M. – Anne E. Lester (John W. Baldwin and Jenny Jochens Associate Professor of Medieval History, Johns Hopkins University). More information is coming soon.

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May 17, 2022 – Gabriel de Avilez Rocha

August 1st, 2021 No comments

MEMHS: 17 May – Gabriel de Avilez Rocha (Vasco da Gama Assistant Professor of History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University). More information is coming soon.

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