Italian Art History Traveling Seminar

Italian Art History Traveling Seminar

In June of 2017, Professor Niall Atkinson of the Art History program took a group of six Ph.D. students on a two-week tour of Italy. The journey began on June 5th and ended on June 19th, bookended by four days each in Florence and Venice. In between, the class made...
Campus Renaissance Banquet

Campus Renaissance Banquet

In Spring 2017, members of the Renaissance Studies program organized a Renaissance Banquet on campus. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members from the greater Chicago area gathered at International House to wear period costumes, feast on period food,...
University of Bologna Study Abroad Program

University of Bologna Study Abroad Program

The University of Chicago Bologna program lets undergraduates live for nine months in the medieval/modern city of Bologna while studying at the venerable University of Bologna, Europe’s oldest university, founded in 1088. The program is operated by the Bologna...
Rare Books Exhibit: Tensions in Renaissance Cities

Rare Books Exhibit: Tensions in Renaissance Cities

In Spring 2017, the university’s Special Collections Research Center exhibit space hosted an exhibit on “Tensions in Renaissance Cities” curated by a team of University of Chicago graduate students and other program associates. Led by Ada Palmer...
Mapping Social Networks in Renaissance Florence

Mapping Social Networks in Renaissance Florence

Political Science Professor and Social network analyst John Padgett has created a unique and massive database of information related to Renaissance Florentine social connections and business practices. Drawing on primary archival sources and working over twenty years,...
A Simulated Papal Election on Campus

A Simulated Papal Election on Campus

Ada Palmer regularly teaches an Italian Renaissance history course (HIST 22900). The highlight of this course is the simulation of a Renaissance papal election. Each student in the course plays a unique character: some cardinals vying for the papal throne, some...
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