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Saturday, October 13 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Renaissance Redux

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This session will look at two notable Renaissance people: one whose very name is synonymous with the scientific and artistic achievements of that era, and one whose name was barely known to us, until now. Walter Isaacson, whose previous bestsellers explored other restless, creative geniuses such as Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, and Steve Jobs, delves into the astonishing creativity and curiosity that drove the most famous of Renaissance men, Leonardo da Vinci. And, in Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna, author Ramie Targoff, professor of English and co-chair of Italian studies at Brandeis University, examines the life and times of an extraordinary woman--the first to publish poetry in Italy. Her connections to the powerful, including Charles V and more than one pope, as well as her close friendship with Michelangelo, gave her tremendous influence and power in Roman society. As the NYT Book Review states, “Vittoria Colonna has always deserved to be better known. Ramie Targoff’s fine book will surely make that happen." Our discussion of these fascinating figures will be led by modern-day Renaissance man David Leonard, president of the Boston Public Library. Sponsored by the Boston Public Library.

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David Leonard

Born in Dublin, David Leonard first arrived in Boston in 1992 to pursue a doctorate in philosophy at Boston College. In 2009, with extensive experience in technology and management consulting, Leonard joined the management team at the Boston Public Library, one of Boston’s great... Read More →

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Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is a veteran of print and broadcast journalism. Former chairman and CEO of CNN, Isaacson began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of London and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Starting in 1978, Isaacson was a correspondent, then a national editor, then an... Read More →
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Ramie Targoff

Ramie Targoff is a writer, researcher, and educator whose work focuses on the literature and culture of the Renaissance, with an emphasis on the relationship between literature and religion. She is the author of six books, including John Donne, Body and Soul (2008) and Posthumous... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA