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Saturday, November 16th, 2013

New England Renaissance Conference
Thresholds of Faith and Fantasy: Spiritual Journeys and Real Spaces"
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Brandeis University, Waltham MA

9:15 - 10:00  Participant welcome and registration

10:00 - 12:15  Morning Session: Body and Spirit in Counter-Reformation Rome

Opening remarks: Jonathan Unglaub, Chair of Fine Arts, Brandeis University

Moderator: Pamela Jones, Professor of Art, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Vittoria Colonna: A Life in Letters
Ramie Targoff
, Professor of English and Director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities, Brandeis University

The Tactile Beauty of Vittoria Colonna in Paolo Giovio's Notable Men and Women
Kenneth Gouwens, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut

Michelangelo's Pietà for Vittoria Colonna and Sculptors’ Drawings in the Renaissance
Oliver Tostmann
, William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

12:15 - 1:15  Lunch in Mandel atrium

1:15 - 3:15  Afternoon Session: Sacred and Profane Geographies

Moderator: Michael Randall, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Brandeis University

Landscape, Mapping and Reform in Gregory XIII's Sala Bologna
Nadja Aksamija
, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Wesleyan University

A Roman Holiday: Du Bellay’s Cartography of Exile
Tom Conley
, Abbot Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Venice's Floating Arcadia
Jodi Cranston
, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University

 3:45 - 5:00  Keynote address:

From Image to Language: Three Vignettes of Work in Transition
Leonard Barkan
, Class of 1943 University Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

5:00 - 7:00  Reception integrated with concert:

One Little Room an Everywhere: Voyages of Discovery in a Small Chamber
A one-hour interactive program with wine and refreshment, capping a full day of scholarly discovery

Nota Bene viol consort
Sarah Mead, Professor of the Practice of Music, Brandeis University
Joanna Blendulf
Wendy Gillespie
Emily Walhout
with guest  Jason McStoots, tenor

Pre-registration is requested by November 11, 2013:

 Faculty and Professionals $10 registration fee to be paid at door; students and Brandeis affiliates free

 To register: send e-mail to

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The New England Renaissance Conference at Brandeis University is generously sponsored by:

  • A programing grant from the Mandel Center for the Humanities
  • The Poses Grants for the Arts, administered through the Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • The Nota Bene concert and residency is funded by the Brandeis Arts Council