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Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends:

Welcome to the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies’ website. Our D.E. builds on UC Berkeley’s traditional strengths in this period, and develops them in new and exciting ways. We hope this site is a useful resource to help you plan courses, attend talks and conferences, or simply keep posted on what we’re doing in our exciting program. Don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about our D.E. or the events we sponsor.

With best wishes for a good 2016 – 2017 academic year.

REMS DE Director: Ivonne del Valle,
Spanish and Portuguese,

Faculty Graduate Adviser: Kinch Hoekstra,
Political Science,

Graduate Student Services Adviser: Mary Ajideh,

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IIS Manuscript Mini-Conference
on Déborah Blocker’s forthcoming book:
Le Principe de plaisir: savoirs, esthétique et politique dans la Florence des Médicis (XVIe-XVIIe siècles)
Friday, September 8, 9 am – 6 pm, 4125A Dwinelle Hall

Jonathan Israel, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
Seminar: “The Renaissance Rediscovery of Lucretius, Epicureanism, and the Rise of the Radical”
Monday, September 25, 12-2 pm, 5125 Dwinelle Hall
Talk: The 17th Century Roots of an 18th Century Philosophical Furor: the Baron d’Holbach’s Clandestine Publications”
Monday, September 25, 4-6 pm, Geballe Room, Townsend Center

Peter Womack, University of East Anglia
A Talk: “Kings of Desire: Enjoying Tyranny in the Elizabethan Theater”
Thursday, September 28, 5 pm, 300 Wheeler Hall

“Why Read…?” Series:
Why Read Luther’s Theses?
Kirsi Stjerna, Graduate Theological Union
Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley
Ethan Shagan, UC Berkeley
Jonathan Sheehan, UC Berkeley
Roundtable and Discussion: Tuesday, October 31, 12-2 pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall

Rocco Rubini, University of Chicago
Talk: TBA
Monday, Novemeber 6,  4-6 pm, 3335 Dwinelle Hall

“Why Read…?” Series:
Why Read Hobbes’ Leviathan?
Mary Nyquist, University of Toronto
Victoria Kahn, UC Berkeley
Ioannis Evrigenis, Tufts University
Kinch Hoekstra, UC Berkeley
Roundtable and Discussion: Thursday, November 16, 4-6 pm, 3335 Dwinelle Hall

Watch for other events

The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities
Townsend Working Groups

Stanford University
Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies