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Cornell Professor and Author to Speak on Machiavelli and Renaissance Florence
Dr. John Najemy, professor of history at Cornell University and an internationally recognized expert on the political theorist Niccoló Machiavelli and the history of Renaissance Florence and Italy, will lecture on "Machiavelli and History" Monday, October 8, 2012 at 5 p.m. in the Hancock Center's Kondysar Presentation Room, 2023.
The talk will explore Machiavelli’s thoughts on history and historians against the background of Renaissance notions of the superiority of antiquity over modernity. While Machiavelli shared this admiring view of antiquity, he also underscored the limitations of historical knowledge and the inability of the degraded present to imitate ancient virtues. Dr. Najemy will also examine Machiavelli's ideas about historians and the pitfalls of their proximity to power and conclude with a consideration of how Machiavelli dealt with this issue in his history of Florence.
Dr. Najemy has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has twice been awarded the Howard R. Marraro Prize in Italian History from the American Historical Association and the Society for Italian Historical Studies. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Dr. Najemy is the author and editor of numerous books, articles and essays, including "Corporatism and Consensus in Florentine Electoral Politics, 1280-1400" (1982); "Between Friends: Discourses of Power and Desire in the Machiavelli-Vettori Letters of 1513-1515" (1993); and "A History of Florence, 1200-1575" (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006).
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