2013 Events

CEMS Conference 2013:

‘Spiritual Optiks’: Jesuits and Visual Culture.

May 7, 2013 – Memorial Library Special Collections.

Confirmed guest speakers: Laurence Grove (University of Glasgow), Peter M. Daly (McGill), Pedro F. Campa (UT Chattanooga), Wim van Dongen (VU Amsterdam)



“What Can the French Revolution Teach Us About Crises in Government Today?”

Professor Linda S. Frey, Department of European History at the University of Montana

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Lubar Commons (7200 Law)

Professor Frey’s fields of study include Early Modern European History, particularly France and Germany; International Law and the International State System  and the French Revolution.  Her books include Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Europe, 1618-1900  (2007) and The French Revolution (2004).

Professor Frey’s talk will focus on the events that led to the French Revolution over 200 years ago, but bear a disturbing resemblance to events that are shaking Europe and America today.  They contain some lessons as to what we might do to avoid serious crisis and unplanned, catastrophic change.




Jessie Ann Owens, University of California, Davis
Friday, February 22, 2:00 pm. 
A reception will follow the program.

 This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required.














Discussion: The Future of Renaissance/Early Modern Studies

Oct 25 2013, 4:00 PM

Join us in a graduate student and faculty-led discussion around the future of research in the field
of Renaissance/Early Modern studies and new approaches to teaching the period. Our participants include :
Gail Geiger (Art History), David Hildner (Spanish),  
David Loewenstein (English), Steven Nadler (Philosophy),
Stephanie Spadaro (French) and Eric Vivier (English)









Bocaccio at 700

The Department of French and Italian invites you to the Departmental Colloquium

“Boccaccio at 700”
organized in celebration of the septcentenary of Giovanni Boccaccio’s birth. 
Friday, November 15, at 4:00pm, at the French House (633 N. Frances Street)
Jelena Todorovic (French and Italian) – Framing remarks
Samantha Mattocci (French and Italian) – Boccaccio and the classical world
Lisa Cooper (English) – Boccaccio and Chaucer
Kristin Phillips-Court (French and Italian) – Boccaccian Renaissance
Ullrich Langer (French and Italian) – Boccaccio in France
Patrick Rumble (French and Italian) – video essay on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Boccaccio
Discussion and refreshments to follow.


Inventing Emotion :
Language and “Accidents of the Soul” in Early Modern England   
Benedict Robinson, Stony Brook University

The seventeenth century witnessed the emergence of a new vocabulary of the emotions whose elements were unprecedented in prior accounts of the soul and its passions: in this vocabulary we find terms like resentment, anxiety, disgust, self-esteem, embarrassment, nostalgia. This talk will try to make sense of this linguistic concern with new states of feeling, setting it in relation to an ongoing early modern “science of the soul” as well as to the rhetorical and literary investigation of the scene and setting in which these “accidents of the soul”–qualities or conditions that affect the soul without therefore being essential to it–take place. The talk will offer a framework for thinking about these accidents of the soul, and will then move on to sketch the kind of results this approach to the history of feeling can offer in the particular case of early modern resentment.
4pm Friday, November 22nd
7191 Helen C. White