The Italian Renaissance: Science, Culture, and Society | Newberry

The Italian Renaissance: Science, Culture, and Society

Led by Daniele Macuglia. Five sessions. 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Wednesdays, June 26 - July 24

2 - 4 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

This course will provide an intensive five-week introduction to the Italian Renaissance. Through a combination of readings and class discussion, we will develop a taste for the flowering of arts, science, and letters. We will survey figures like Dante, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, and Giordano Bruno, and explore topics such as the Copernican Revolution, the rise of the printing press, the Roman Inquisition, and the Renaissance Man.

Five sessions. E – $220, L – $242

Daniele Macuglia is a historian and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. Trained as a physicist in Italy, he received First Prize at the Italian National Olympiads for Young Scientists. He earned his PhD in the early modern history of science from the University of Chicago.

Materials List


  • Kenneth R. Bartlett, A Short History of the Italian Renaissance. University of Toronto Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-1442600140

First Reading:

  • For the first class please read Chapters 1, 2, 3 of the textbook.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.