Center for Constructive Alternatives
The Renaissance — January 26-29, 2014
It has been 500 years since Machiavelli’s writing of The Prince and Balboa’s discovery of the Pacific Ocean, two of the many extraordinary achievements that occurred during the Renaissance. Beginning in Italy in the late 1300s and eventually spreading throughout Europe, the Renaissance constituted a widespread revival of classical learning, gave rise to many revolutionary discoveries, and did much to shape the modern world.
This third CCA of the 2013-2014 academic year will consider the history of the Renaissance, some of its key figures, and its relevance today.
Sunday, January 26
- 4:00 p.m. – "A Short History of the Renaissance"
- Susan Wise Bauer
College of William and Mary
Author, The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople
- 8:00 p.m. – "Da Vinci’s Masterpiece"
- Ross King
Author, Leonardo and the Last Supper
Monday, January 27
- 4:00 p.m. – "What Can We Learn from The Prince?"
- Angelo M. Codevilla
Translator and editor, The Prince (Yale University Press)
- 8:00 p.m. – “Columbus, Magellan, and the Age of Exploration”
- Laurence Bergreen
Author, Columbus: The Four Voyages and Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Tuesday, January 28
- 4:00 p.m. – "Italian Literature in the Renaissance"
- Robert Hollander
- 8:00 p.m. — "The Scientific Revolution"
- Owen Gingerich
Author, The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus
Wednesday, January 29
- 4:00 p.m. – Faculty Roundtable
- Mark Nussbaum, Chairman
- Lorraine Eadie
- Matthew Gaetano
- Paul Hosmer
All Speakers Confirmed