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Writing Renaissance Lives


Feb 08 2019


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Writing Renaissance Lives

[ Art © Don MacDonald ]


Writing Renaissance Lives

A Conversation with Christopher Celenza and Martin Eisner

Join us for a conversation with scholars Christopher Celenza and Martin Eisner about writing the biographies of three Renaissance thinkers — Boccaccio, Machiavelli, and Petrarch — and more broadly about the work of reconstructing lives during this rich historical period. Discussion will be moderated by Duke graduate student Alyssa Granacki.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics.


Christopher S. Celenza

Georgetown University

Christopher S. Celenza is Dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University, where he is also professor of History and Classics. Previously, he served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, where he held the Charles Homer Haskins Professorship. At Johns Hopkins, he also served a Vice Dean…...

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Martin Eisner

Duke University

Martin Eisner is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at Duke University. He specializes in medieval Italian literature, particularly the works of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, as well as the history of the book and media. He is the author of Boccaccio and the Invention of Italian Literature: Dante, Petrarch, Cavalcanti,…...

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Alyssa Granacki

Alyssa Granacki holds a BA from Duke University in History and Italian Studies. She is interested in medieval Italian literature, particularly Dante and Boccaccio, as well as feminist thought and women writers. Her dissertation, entitled "Boccaccio's Women Philosophers: Defining Philosophy, Debating Gender in the Decameron and Beyond" examines the relationship…...

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