Grafton to deliver Jerome Lecture Series

By Kate Kellogg
News and Information Services

Anthony Grafton, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History at Princeton University, will present the 28th annual Jerome Lecture Series Oct. 21–Nov. 2 at the Rackham Building.

Grafton’s lecture series is titled “How the Humanists Read the Classics: Studies in the Arts of Interpretation.”

Grafton has written about the history of the classical tradition, the development of classical scholarship from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, and the history of the physical sciences from antiquity to the scientific revolution.

Grafton will begin his first lecture, “The Humanist as Reader,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 21) in Rackham Amphitheater, followed by a reception in the Assembly Hall.

All subsequent lectures and a seminar will be held in the Rackham East Conference Room, beginning at 4 p.m. They include “Leon Battista Albert: The Writer as Reader,” Oct. 26; “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: A Reader and his Sources,” Oct. 29; and “Johannes Kepler: The Scientist as Reader,” Nov. 2. A seminar on “How Guillaume Bude read his Homer” will be on Oct. 27.

Grafton has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright program and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is the curator of a forthcoming exhibition of Vatican Library manuscripts at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in 1993.

Thomas Spencer Jerome endowed the Jerome lectureship. It is jointly administered by the U-M and the American Academy in Rome, and the lectures are delivered at both institutions. They deal with phases of the history or culture of the Romans or of the people included in the Roman Empire, and with other topics in historiography and the philosophy of history.

For information on the series, contact Homer C. Rose, 764-7480.


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