University of Chicago
Ada Palmer (University of Chicago)
Cosponsored by the Department of History
It is difficult today to imagine a world in which religious communities were deeply intertwined with the civic order and when a third of a town’s population might be priests, monks, and nuns. In Renaissance Florence the Dominican Monastery of San Marco was intimately tied to every aspect of city life, from commerce and patronage, to civil broils and foreign invasions, to education and medicine, to the great artists, architects and radical thinkers who earned the Florentine Renaissance its eternal fame. This lecture will explore the monastery’s role as a center of social and spiritual life.
Ada Palmer is Assistant Professor of History, Associate Faculty of Classics, and Member of the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. She holds a PhD in History from Harvard University and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. Prof. Palmer specializes in the early modern period, especially the Italian Renaissance and Humanist reception of classical philosophy, but also ancient, medieval and modern intellectual history, and is the author of Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance (Harvard, 2014).