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IWC 2018 STUDY CIRCLE
Tthe Study Circle meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Readings will be posted to the website in advance of each meeting
Groups meet at Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Leonardo da Vinci portrait Durer's Hare Portrait of Miguel de Cervantes

THE INSTITUTE STUDY CIRCLE WILL FOCUS THE EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE OF THE 15TH AND 16TH CENTURIES. DIVERSE TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION, LITERATURE, ART, ARCHITECTURE, MUSIC, POLITICS, SOCIAL CHANGE, AND HUMAN POTENTIAL WILL BE STUDIED TO SEE HOW CULTURES OF THE PAST, PARTICULARLY BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY THOSE OF CLASSICAL GREECE AND ROME, WERE REVIVED, ASSIMILATED, AND USED TO SHAPE NEW CULTURAL IDEALS. HOW DID HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN TRADE, TRAVEL, AND SOCIAL VALUES CREATE CONDITIONS FOR A RENAISSANCE? WHAT PROCESS OF ASSIMILATION TURNS A REVIVAL INTO A GREAT TRANSITIONAL MOVEMENT? HOW DOES A RENAISSANCE SPREAD FAR BEYOND ITS ORIGINS? PARTICULAR ATTENTION WILL BE GIVEN TO THE "RENAISSANCE" MEN AND WOMEN WHO FORGED A NEW IDENTITY FOR HUMAN BEINGS AND CREATIVELY DEMONSTRATED PRACTICAL WAYS OF EXPRESSING NEW IDEALS.

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It is not the civilization of a race, but that of mankind, present and future alike, that we must give up as lost, if belief in a rebirth of our civilization is a vain thing."
Click here to continue with this quote from Albert Schweitzer "On The Decay and Restoration of Civilization"

READINGS WILL BE POSTED BELOW AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE EACH MEETING.

Click here for a printer-friendly map of renaissance Europe
Click here for a chronology of the renaissance period


Meeting Dates

Topics for Discussion

Presentations and Readings
Links to readings will be posted at least a week before the meeting.

January 16

Global Precursers of the European Renaissance

After an introduction to the study circle topic and a presentation on global presursers, we will view a videotaped talk by Professor Daniel N. Robinson on "The Renaissance–Was There One?"

January 23

Recovery of Antiquity

• "The Revival of Antiquity" fromThe Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, by Jacob Burckhardt, Part 3, pgs. 125-135. Click here for reading

January 30

 

The City State: Creative Associations
Part 1: Government, Medici Family

• "Florence and the Medici Family", from Lorenzo the Magnificent and the Florentine Renaissance, pgs. 22-29. Click here for reading
• "The Republics" from The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, by Jacob Burckhardt, pgs. 65-71. Click here for reading

February 6

The City State: Creative Associations
Part 2: Machiavelli; Guilds

"The Prince and the Discourses", Niccoló Machiavelli. Click here for reading
"The Ediface of Power, The Circle of Governments", Niccoló Machiavell . Click here for reading
Link for information on Guilds: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guilds_of_Florence
Click here for reading: "Guilds" from Encyclopedia Britannica

February 13

Humanism: Core Values

Click here for reading: "The Golden Age, Ficino and Erasmus"
Click here for reading: "The Soul of Man", Marsilio Ficino
Click here for reading: "Desiderius Erasmus"
Click here for reading: Excerpts from "In Praise of Folly" by Desiderius Erasmus
Click here for reading: Summary of "In Praise of Folly"

February 20

Leonardo da Vinci

Click here for reading: "Introduction" from Leonardo Da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson

February 27
Renaissance Music

"Music in the Renaissance" by Rebecca Arkenberg, Department of Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 2002. Click here for reading.

March 6

The Dignity of Man

"Oration on the Dignity of Man" by Pico della Mirandola, Click here for reading
"Self Portrait of a Universal Man" by Leon Battista Alberti. Click here for reading
"Pico della Mirandola". Click here for reading

March 13
Architecture: Classical Renaissance Forms North of the Alps

Joyce Johnson will join the Study Circle on March 13th  to talk about how the ideas of the Renaissance influenced 16th through 18th century architecture north of the Alps.  She will show examples of 17th century structures and the décor of their interiors, and point out how they were influenced by the classical revival of the Renaissance.  French, English and other European styles will be shown.
Reading: "Renaissance Architectural Developments in Italy" from Wikipedia, Click here for reading

March 20
The Significance of the Medici Family to the Italian Renaissance

This meeting will focus on the contributions of Cosimo and Lorenzo Medici to the Renaissance. Selected clips from the PBS documentary: The Medici, Godfathers of the Renaissance, will be shown. No readings are suggested but there is much material to be found on the internet.

March 27
German Renaissance: Revisioning the Cosmos–Johannes Kepler

No readings are suggested but there is much material to be found on the internet.

April 3
German Renaissance: The Art of Albrecht Dürer

No readings are suggested but there is much material to be found on the internet.

April 10
German Renaissance: Paracelsus–Physician, Alchemist, Astrologer

Click here for reading

April 17
French Renaissance: The Literature of Michel de Montaigne and François Rabelais

Click here for reading on Montaigne from Wikipedia

April 24
Universities as Centers of Learning

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May 1
Spanish Renaissance: Cervantes–Creator of Don Quixote, Character of a New Age?

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May 8
English Renaissance: John Dee and the English Renaissance

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May 15

English Renaissance: The World of Shakespeare
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May 22

Hero as Artist
We will watch Part 5 of the PBS Series "Civilization".
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May 29

The Renaissance Mind and Imagination
This will be the final meeting of the Study Circle on the European Renaissance, summarizing what we have learned.