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As part of its mission to promote the humanities in the broader community, the Oregon Humanities Center will embark on a new series of public talks by University of Oregon humanities faculty. Nathalie Hester, associate professor of Italian and French, and director of European Studies, will give a talk titled "The Americas and Renaissance Italy".
Italian navigators, humanists, artists, and poets played a key role in the reception of the "New" World in Renaissance Italy and beyond. Hester will explore how Italians in Venice, Florence, Modena, and other city-states incorporated the conquest of the Americas in their cultural, artistic, and political agendas.
Hester is a 2018–19 OHC Faculty Research Fellow currently working on a book project, Inventing America in Baroque Italy: Columbus, Vespucci, and New World Epic, which examines the complex ways that 17th-century Italian poets represented Italy's role in the exploration and conquest of the Americas. A 2019–20 NEH fellowship will allow Hester to complete the manuscript and prepare it for publication.
Hester teaches classes in the Cultural Legacies of Italy, Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Renaissance Women’s Writing, Italy and the Americas, Renaissance Theater in the Renaissance, and Renaissance Court Culture, among others.
Civic Winery and Wines is a new urban winery, wine bar, and bottle shop, housed in a restored 1930s building featuring reclaimed wood from Civic Stadium. Civic focuses on organic and biodynamic grape production aged on-site in locally-made ceramic amphorae.
The event is free and open to the public. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase.
Christof Koch, Chief Scientist and President of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, will give a talk titled “Consciousness and its Place in Nature” as the first in an annual lecture series sponsored by the University of Oregon's Institute of Neuroscience.
Koch joined the Allen Institute for Brain Science as Chief Scientific Officer in 2011 and became president in 2015. He has published extensively, and his writings and interests integrate theoretical, computational, and experimental neuroscience with philosophy and contemporary trends, in particular, artificial intelligence.
KNIGHT CAMPUS DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES
The Knight Campus Distinguished Lecture is an annual event bringing nationally and internationally recognized science, technology, and engineering leaders to the University of Oregon community to give their perspective on the future of their fields.