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March 20, 2013

Symposia examine ‘ Reformations in Western Thought’

The 2013 Ferrari Humanities Symposia center on “Reformations in Western Thought.”

The next symposium in the series will feature James Simpson, the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English at Harvard University, who will present “Taking Liberties: Why and When ‘liberties’ became ‘Liberty’ in Early Modern England” at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

Symposium Focus Week, April 8–11, will include a keynote lecture by Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the history of the Church at the University of Oxford and a fellow of St. Cross College. His lecture, which starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, will cover “Toleration in Reformation Europe: Laughter Versus Tidy-Mindedness.”

MacCulloch will also present “The Role of Religion in Contemporary Culture” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Memorial Art Gallery. The talk will be moderated by Russell Peck, the John Hall Deane Professor of English.

Trustee Bernard Ferrari ’70, ’74M (MD) and Linda Gaddis Ferrari established the Ferrari Humanities Symposia in 2012. The symposia include a lecture to be held each academic year by a visiting senior scholar of humanistic thought with an emphasis on the Renaissance period, an intensive short course taught by faculty members from across the University, and focused study in reading groups.

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