February 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013
Graduate Seminar
Eileen Joy and Anna Klosowska: Asceticism, Eroticism, and the Premodern Foucault : Revisiting Foucault’s History of Sexuality through Medieval and Early Modern Sources

2- 5 pm

This seminar will focus on rereading Foucault’s History of Sexuality (both the three published volumes as well as additional published materials intended for a fourth volume) in relation to hagiographic narratives from the Late Antique, Old English, and Middle English traditions and to medieval and early modern literary texts on love in French (in translation).

Monday, January 28, 2013 to Saturday, April 13, 2013
Politics, Piety, and Poison: French Pamphlets, 1600–1800

This exhibition displays French pamphlets published during the transitional period from the Ancien Régime to the French Revolution. They served as modes of dissemination and diversion, teaching tools and educational models, and the foundation for current and future scholarly projects.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Genealogy and Local History Orientation

9:30 am

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce novices to the basics of research at an informal orientation. After the session, you are welcome to begin your research. A reference librarian will be available to provide suggestions and assistance. Reservations not required.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Medieval Intellectual History Seminar
Theresa Gross-Diaz and Richard Kieckhefer

1 - 4 pm

“The Mystical Presence of Christ: Late Medieval Issues, Texts, and Contexts”

Richard Kieckhefer, Northwestern University

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Reading Julia: The 1871 Reading List of Julia Newberry

4 – 5 pm

While traveling in Europe in 1871, 17-year old Julia Newberry (1853-1876), the daughter of Walter Newberry, made a list in her diary comprising the books and authors she loved and hated. Jill Gage will discuss her ongoing endeavor to reconstitute Julia’s library, and will offer an analysis of Julia’s literary tastes.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Dangerous Spirits: Alcohol, Native Revivalism, and Quaker Reform

4 – 5 pm

In eighteenth-century America, Native American revivalists characterized the Indian demand for alcohol in religious terms, describing its potentially destructive power in language Christians would use to describe spiritual possession. This colloquium will explore how nativist concerns about alcohol intersected with Pennsylvania Quaker temperance reform and religious renewal.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
Visions and Visages : Constructing Indigeneity in Indians at Work, 1933-1945

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

From 1933-1945, the Office of Indian Affairs used the publication Indians at Work to document and promote the various emergency work programs that employed Native peoples in the United States.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : "The Negro's Right to the Coat of Blue/To Freemen's Hopes and Manhood Too": Outfitting African American Soldiers in the Civil War

4 – 5 pm

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared freedom to thousands of slaves. The Proclamation also authorized the enrollment of African American men in the United States Army, a right previously denied them.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
Roots, Patterns and Priorities of Place-making in New Mexico

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

This paper analyzes and compares the roots, patterns and priorities of place-making in American Indian, Hispanic and Anglo and traditions in New Mexico. The relative importance given to values of permanence, propinquity, sustainability and land tenure, and the perceived relationship between manmade and natural landscapes will be interpreted through both legislation and legend.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
On the Possible Lessons of Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas, 1881-1937

5:30 pm – 7 pm

Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas emerged in the first decade of the unified German state; designed for the upper-middle class households of one of the world’s most prosperous industrial economies, it would become the best-selling world atlas published in the German language.

Friday, February 22, 2013
Other Renaissance Programs
Howard Mayer Brown Memorial Lecture: Jessie Ann Owens : Diuerse lingue: Thomas Morley and the Problem of National Language in Renaissance Music

2 pm

Thomas Morley, in his influential treatise, A plaine and easie introduction to practicall musicke (1597), cites a madrigal by Giulio Renaldi, Diuerse lingue, the text of which is drawn from Dante’s Inferno, to illustrate musical response to text.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Twelfth Night

10 am

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Delving into French History from the Sun King to the Revolution : An Exhibition Program

1 pm

Think contemporary American political debate is vicious? Our experience is mild compared with seventeenth and eighteenth-century French political infighting, a period famous for royal claims to divine right and for regicide.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Whose Gregory? The Reformation of a Pope: St. Gregory the Great in English Reform Polemic

4 – 5 pm

The Venerable Bede’s eighth-century account of the Roman mission of St. Augustine of Canterbury to the Anglo-Saxons in 597 in the Historia Ecclesiastica provided later readers with a narrative of the English church’s origins.