NERC - New England Renaissance Conference


New England Renaissance Conference
University of Massachusetts Lowell
October 20, 2012*
(*revised date*) 

When: October 20, 2012 
          10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Where: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
What: The New England Renaissance Conference aims to take stock of where we are in this historiographical debate as well as to present recent and innovative research that illustrates the theme of Classical Revival and the reception of Classical sources in the Renaissance.  

Conference Program

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Saturday, 20 October 2012
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast ICC Conference Lobby
On-site registration: $15 for scholars (free for students)
Pre-registration online at

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Opening Remarks ICC Grand Ballroom
Tara Nummedal, President of the New England Renaissance Conf.
Christopher Carlsmith, Organizer, 2012 NERC

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Panel 1: Classical Authority ICC Grand Ballroom
Chair: Liana Cheney (Art History, UMass Lowell)

Heather Horton (Art History, Pratt Institute),
"The Afterlife of the Auctor and the Invention of the Renaissance Narrative" 

Francesco Benelli (History and Theory of Renaissance and Baroque Architecture, Columbia University),
"The Renaissance Architect understanding of Vitruvius: the case of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger" 

Ellen Longsworth (Visual and Performing Arts, Merrimack College),
"A 'Piccolo Sacro Monte Urbano?' Carlo Borromeo and the Sculptures in the Choir of the Church of Santo Sepolcro in Milan" 

Matthew Landrus (History of Art, Oxford University),
"Humanism and the School of Athens in 1490s Milan"

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch ICC Grand Ballroom

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Walking Tours of Historic Lowell Depart from ICC Lobby
Prof. Liana Cheney (UMass Lowell, Art History), Tour of Whistler House Art Museum
Prof. Robert Forrant (UMass Lowell, History), Tour of Lowell’s Canals and Mills

2:30- 4:00 p.m. Panel 2: Classical Authors ICC Grand Ballroom
Chair: Kevin Petersen (English, UMass Lowell) 

Michael Tworek (History, Harvard University),
"The Ciceronian Commonwealth: Cicero, Study Abroad, and the Revival of Antiquity in Renaissance Poland"

Christopher Carlsmith (History, University of Massachusetts Lowell),
"A Roman Poet in a Venetian City: The Reception of Horace in Sixteenth-Century Bergamo"

Thomas Hopper (English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst),
"Reading Our Horace: A Fifteenth-Century Manuscript in Context"

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Coffee Break ICC Grand Ballroom

4:30- 5:30 p.m. Keynote Address ICC Grand Ballroom
Prof. James Hankins (History, Harvard University and General Editor, I Tatti Renaissance Library),
“Renaissance views of the Roman Republic”.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception ICC Lower Locks room/patio

The 2012 NERC is made possible by generous support from the Departments of History, English, and Cultural Studies; the Honors Program; the Dean’s Office of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and the Office of the Provost. Special thanks to Christopher Carlsmith, Liana Cheney, and Nancy Selleck for serving on the Program Committee; and to Makenna Campbell, our indefatigable student assistant.

rev. 26 Sept. 2012