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Italian Academy Conference Examines New Approaches to Machiavelli's Political Theory, October 24

On Friday, October 24, Columbia University's Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America presents a daylong conference entitled "Machiavelli Revisited: New Approaches to his Political Theory." Scholars such as David Johnston, Columbia University, Quentin Skinner, University of Cambridge, Richard Tuck, Harvard University, and others will consider new approaches to the theory of the first great political philosopher of the Renaissance.

The conference will be held at the Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, between 116th and 118th Streets. The detailed schedule follows. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information call 212-854-2306 or email italianacademy@columbia.edu.

Conference Schedule:

9:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
"Machiavelli and Aristotle. The Anatomy of the City"
Pasquale Pasquino, Directeur de Recherche, CNRS Institute Jean Nicod - EHESS, Paris and Visiting Professor of Politics and Law, New York University.
(Respondent: David Armitage, Professor of History and James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University)

11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
"Machiavelli at Our Table: Philosophical Reflections on Agency and Character"
S.A. Lloyd, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California
(Respondent: David Johnston, Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy, Columbia University)

12:10 - 2:00 p.m. - Break

2:00 p.m. -3:10 p.m.
"Machiavelli and the Rule of Law"
Stephen Holmes, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
(Respondent: Miguel Vatter, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University)

3:30 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
"Becoming Machiavelli. A New Reading of Ghiribizzi al Soderino"
Carlo Ginzburg, Franklin D. Murphy Professor Italian Renaissance Studies, Department of History, UCLA
(Respondent: Quentin Skinner, Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Christ's College)

4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Conclusion
Richard Tuck, Professor of Government, Harvard University

Nadia Urbinati, Associate Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

Other upcoming events sponsored by the Italian Academy include a concert of classical contemporary Italian music by New York-based chamber ensemble Antares on Wednesday, November 5, at 8:00 p.m. at Casa Italiana (Amsterdam Avenue between 116th and 118th Streets). Click for details about the Italian Academy's concert series.

The Italian Academy also is hosting a film series this fall, "Visions of the South, Geography as Character in Italian Cinema." The screenings are followed by panel discussions.

Published: Oct 23, 2003
Last modified: Oct 23, 2003

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