Renaissance Humanism as a Border-Crossing Movement: The 2013 Wish Symposium Keynote Address

A Humanities Related Event

Professor Anthony Grafton

Time:7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:Thwing Center, 1914 Room -
Registration:Registration is Closed.

Renaissance humanists did their best to recover, study and imitate the great works of Greek and Roman antiquity. But their intellectual project became much broader, and in some cases less Eurocentric, than their professional title suggests and than many historians have realized. Almost all humanists were as fascinated by late antiquity as by the classical periods of Greek and Roman history. Many took a deep interest in other traditions as well – from those of ancient and modern Jews, to the ancient Near East, to the Americas and Asia. Their methods became systematically comparative, and their appreciation of the richness and diversity of human societies and cultures deepened. Through a series of case studies, this lecture will move towards a redefinition of what humanism was.

This event is sponsored by the CWRU Department of History and is free and open to the public.

Dessert reception to follow.

About the speaker

Professor Anthony Grafton

Anthony Grafton’s special interests lie in the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from Antiquity to the 19th century, and the history of science from Antiquity to the Renaissance. He is the author of ten books and the coauthor, editor, coeditor, or translator of nine others. Two collections of essays, Defenders of the Text (1991) and Bring Out Your Dead (2001), cover most of the topics and themes that appeal to him. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1989), the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (1993), the Balzan Prize for History of Humanities (2002), and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award (2003), and is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the British Academy. In 2011 he served as President of the American Historical Association.

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