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October 21, 2014

Munro, Goodwin, Wilkinson Professor of History Timothy Harris will be speaking at the Huntington Library at the University of Southen California on Saturday, October 25 at 10 am. His talk is entitled, "Was there such a thing as 'British public opinion' in the 17th century". You can find out more about his talk and the Early Modern British history seminar at the Huntingon by clicking here.

October 19, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, at 5:30 the History Department will be welcoming Paula Findlen, Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of History at Stanford University, for the 35th annual Church Lecture in Smith-Buonnano 106. Professor Findlen will be giving a talk entitled, "Inventing Medieval Women History, Memory, and Forgery in Early Modern Italy."

The annual Church Lecture is one of the History Department's signature events, and has brought some of the most prominent scholars of early modern Europe to speak at Brown. The event honors the memory of Professor William F. Church, who taught at Brown for thirty years until he passed away in 1977. Professor Church was one of the foremost scholars of early modern Europe and a beloved teacher at Brown. He was particularly well known for his works on the history of political thought, including Constitutional Thought in Sixteenth Century France, Richelieu and Reason of State, and Louis XIV in Historical Thought.

This year's speaker, Professor Paula Findlen, began her career digging in Italian archives to explore late medieval and Renaissance Italy. She has since examined  the history of the peninsula from the age of Galileo to the Grand Tour, publishing widely on the history of science and medicine; museums and material culture; and the relations between gender and knowledge. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Stanford University History Department, and is the Director of the Suppes Center for the History and Philopophy of Science and Technology, as well as the SIMILE Program. For more information about Professor Findlen and a list of her numerous publications, you can find her full profile on the Stanford University History Department website.

October 8, 2014

Jo Guldi, Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of History, has a new book out this month, The History Manifesto, co-authored with Professor David Armitage of Harvard University. The book calls for historians to take back the their rightful place in public debates on topics ranging from climate change to economic inequality by asking big questions and understanding events and developments within a longer context. Published with Cambridge University Press, The History Manifesto has already been widely featured and reviewed in prestigious newspapers and magazines. You can check out the interview with the authors in the Times Higher Education supplement here. Aeon Magazine also has a new article on the book, titled How History Forgot its Role in the Public Debate.

October 7, 2014

On October 17-18, Brown will be hosting the symposium "Globalizing Chinese Medicine in the 17th Century: Translation at Work." John F. Nickoll Professor of History and Director of Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Harold Cook organized the event, which will bring together scholars from all over the globe to discuss the dissemination of Chinese medical knowledge in the early modern world.

The concept of translation will be central to the symposium on multiple levels. As participants discuss the globalization of Chinese medical knowledge in the seventeenth century, they will be sharing some of the latest research on the ways that knowledge is communicated and modified as it is exchanged between languages and cultures. By bringing together scholars with different linguistic skills and geographical specialties, the event will also showcase collaborative efforts that cross the boundaries of discipline and regional specialization.

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September 11, 2014

Professor Tara Nummedal has just published "The Alchemist in His Laboratory" in the catalog for Goldenes Wissen: Die Alchemie – Substanzen, Syntheses, Symbolik, an exhibition at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. This international research center houses a renowned collection of medieval and early modern European printed books and manuscripts. The exhibition is on from Aug. 31-Feb. 22, 2015. You can read more about the exhibition (in German) here

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