Upcoming Events

“Life, Art, and Theatre in early modern Spain,” a lecture by Professor Duncan Wheeler (University of Leeds), October 12th.

Date: October 12th, 4:00 pm.

Location: 260 Bascom Hall

From Professor Wheeler: “When we talk about Early Modern Spanish drama, we tend to talk almost exclusively about theatre in Madrid. There are valid reasons for this but, in this talk, I will advance the hypothesis that a holistic understanding of Golden Age drama demands an appreciation of the interrelationships between art, theatre and everyday life in Seville as important precursor to and influence on subsequent developments in the Spanish capital.”

The talk is funded by the program of Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS) and co-sponsored by the Center for Early Modern Studies (CEMS), Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies (ITS) and the Dept of Spanish & Portuguese.

“Montaigne’s Self-Study,” a lecture by Professor Catherine Zuckert (University of Notre Dame), October 13th.

Date: October 13, 5:00-6:15 pm.

Location: University Club Room 212

Professor Zuckert’s books include Machiavelli’s Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2017), Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy, with Michael P. Zuckert (University of Chicago Press, 2014), Plato’s Philosophers (University of Chicago Press, 2009), The Truth about Leo Strauss: Political Philosophy and American Democracy, with Michael P. Zuckert ( University of Chicago Press, 2006), Postmodern Platos: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, Strauss and Derrida (University of Chicago Press, 1996), and Natural Right and the American Imagination: Political Philosophy in Novel Form (Rowman and Littlefield, 1990). Professor Zuckert has published widely in leading political science and intellectual history journals on topics including Nietzsche, Tocqueville, Aristotle, Heidegger, Derrida, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Plato, Herman Melville, and Machiavelli. Her talk is co-sponsored by the UW Madison Political Theory Workshop, and is financially supported by the Judith Hicks Stiehm Chair in Political Theory.

Professor Zuckert will also participate in a political theory workshop on October 14. More details may be found here.

“Solitudes/Multitudes, 18th-21st Centuries”: an international conference hosted by the Department of French and Italian, October 14th & 15th.

Location: Pyle Center, Room 213.

Please see the attached poster for the full program.


“The Perfection of Nature: Animals, Breeding, and Race in the Renaissance,” a lecture by Professor Mackenzie Cooley (Hamilton College), November 2nd.

Date: November 2nd.

Location: The Curti Lounge (5233 Mosse Humanities Bldg).

Time: 2:00 PM.

More information.

2022 George L. Mosse Lectures by Professor Elisheva Carlebach (Columbia), November 7-9.

– Monday November 7th, 3:30-5:00 PM: The Jewish Archives of Early Modern Europe in Pyle Center Room 213.

– Tuesday November 8th, 3:30-5:00 PM: Jewish Records and the Forgotten Jewish Women in Pyle Center Room 213.

– Wednesday November 9th, 3:30-5:00 PM: Jewish Court Records: Gender and “Jewish Autonomy” in the Curti Lounge. This workshop will include pre-circulated translated primary sources (a Jewish civil court and its record) and a paper for participants to discuss.

Inside a Secret Print House of the Seventeenth Century,” a lecture by Professor David Como (Stanford University), November 29th.

Date: November 29th.

Location: 6191 Helen C. White Hall.

Time: 5:00-6:15 PM

Hosted by the Early Modern Colloquium.