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  • Political Opposition in Early Modern Europe & the Turn Toward Modernity

    A joint USC-UCLA graduate seminar in European History convened by Jacob Soll (USC) and Margaret Jacob (UCLA) in Fall 2014.

    Session: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 to Tuesday, December 9, 2014
    William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 2pm to 5pm

    We aim to explore opposition movements from the Italian city-states of the 16th century to the absolute monarchies of the 18th century, also with attention to developments in England and the Dutch Republic. Finally, we intend to foucs on the opposition to the first successful opposition movement, the reaction to the French Revolution, and the emergence of right wing, and extreme right, politics during the 1790s and beyond.


    This graduate seminar is hosted by both USC and UCLA and gives credits in both.  Transportation to the Clark Library will be provided.  For more information, please contact Jacob Soll (soll@usc.edu) or Margaret Jacob (mjacob@history.ucla).

  • In Conversation with Visiting Scholar, Professor Thomas Andrews

    The Huntington-USC Institute on California & the West presents two events with Thomas Andrews on Thursday, April 24, 2014:

    "The Environmental History of the Rockies"

    Join us as Professor Andrews discusses his work on the environmental history of the Colorado Rockies as it relates to his published and work-in-progress scholarship.

    USC, University Park Campus
    Social Sciences Building, SOS 250
    10am to 11:30am

    For free parking, please rsvp to Bill Deverell (deverell@usc.edu).

    Graduate Student Discussion

    Join Professor Andrews for an informal discussion about pursuing graduate work in western American and environmental history, grant-seeking, and publication strategies for your work.

    Huntington Library
    Munger Research Library, Seaver Classroom
    1151 Oxford Road, San Marino CA 91108
    1pm to 3pm


  • Conference: Time in Early Modern Thought

    Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, 2014
    University of York
    York, United Kingdom

    Deadline to register: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    This conference considers such questions as whether or not there was a distinct concept of time in the early modern period, the relation of quotidian time and divine time, and the nature of the relationship between time and mortality.  Papers will also look at how the theater figured time, the uses of time in music and poetry, as well as the functions of early modern antiquarianism and the contemporary obsession with chronologies.


    This two day conference at the University of York is run jointly by the universities of Lancaster and York as a Northern Renaissance Roses Seminar. The first day will take place in the Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre, and the second in the beautiful surroundings of York Minster Old Palace Library, and will conclude with a concert given by the Minster Minstrels, a renaissance-baroque early music wind group.

    There is no charge for the conference, but because numbers are restricted in the Old Palace Library on Saturday, May 10th, I would very much appreciate if you could contact me for an informal registration / ticketing, e-mailing: kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk  by Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Please note disabled access is restricted for this historic venue.

  • Summer Session in Intermediate Latin (LA 20) at UCLA

    Session: June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
    Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am to 11:30am
    Instructor: Grace Gillies

    This course will offer intensive review of grammar and will serve as a bridge to reading courses in Latin authors.  The course will begin with the final chapters and readings of the textbook Learn to Read Latin by Keller and Russell, and transition to reading selections of Caesar, Cicero, Pliny, Catallus, Vergil, and Ovid. The course is intended as preparation for more advanced reading courses in Latin authors and texts.

    Please visit this link for enrollment instructions. Non-UCLA students may enroll beginning March 1, 2014.

  • 2014 California Rare Book School Courses

    CalRBS will be offering nine courses during Weeks 1 and 2 (August 4-15, 2014) in Los Angeles, and three courses during Week 3 (November 3-7, 2014) in San Francisco and Berkeley.

    There are no deadlines for course applications, as each course remains open until it is full (maximum 12 students). However, there are scholarships funded by multiple sources that have two application deadlines. The first is June 15 for Weeks 1 and 2, and the second is August 15 for Week 3. See the CalRBS Website (www.calrbs.org) for details and application forms.

    Scholarships for mid-career librarians will be available once again in 2014. Apply by the scholarship application deadlines. These scholarships are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.


  • Performance: “B. Franklin” by Robert Lesko

    Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre
    5636 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA 90038

    Dates: March 28, 2014 to April 27, 2014
    Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm

    For more information or to book your group, please contact Lauren Hill (bfranklinshow@gmail.com).  Tickets are available for purchase.

    About the Show
    Scientist. Inventor. Politician. Diplomat. Statesman. Writer. Wit. Rebel. Hero of the American Revolution. Founding Father. Ladies Man. Family man. Benjamin Franklin (1706- 1790) accomplished more in his 84 years than most men could in several lifetimes. In his new theatre piece B. FRANKLIN, writer-performer Robert Lesko brings this fascinating individual vividly to life.

    We join Franklin at his home on Market Street in Philadelphia. He relives for us his many triumphs, including his diplomatic success in the French court, his romantic conquests, his contributions to establishing the new nation called the United States of America; and also his sorrows, among them his greatest heartbreak: estrangement from his sole surviving son.

    About Writer/Performer
    Robert Lesko received an MFA from Catholic University and an MBA from Wharton School. His local stage credits include “Room Service,” “Both” and “Fernando” at Open Fist Theatre; “The Heiress,” “Iphigenia In Aulis” and “The Circle” for Circus Theatricals; and “Charlotte: Life? Or Theatre?” at the MET Theatre. He also performed in multiple productions at Arena Stage, at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in “Richard III,” and elsewhere in regional theatre. His television credits include “The Young and the Restless” (CBS), “Countdown to Looking Glass” (HBO) and “Bearskin” (PBS). He resides with his wife in Pasadena.

  • GA-EMS Call for Members

    Join GA-EMS as a way of furthering your professional and intellectual
    development and connecting with other USC graduate students from all areas of early modern study.  Read the Frequently Asked Questions and the GA-EMS Constitution for more information, and contact gaems@usc.edu to enroll!

  • Rutgers British Studies Center

    (RBSC) supports a rich variety of programming—lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, and roundtables—dedicated to the interdisciplinary analysis of British history and culture.