The Center for the Liberal Arts and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are please to present

Program Agenda


Registration and refreshments

8:30 - 9:00
Introductions and Opening Remarks - Lisa Reilly, Professor or Architectural History; Bonnie Hagerman,  Associate Director of CLA

9:00 - 10:00

"Humanism and Politics in Machiavelli's Florence" by Duane Osheim - Professor of History UVA

I will discuss the humanist view of morality and public life as a context for understanding Machiavelli's withering critique of official morality. I will begin with Francesco Petrarca and the ideas of humanistic liberal education and discuss briefly the Florentine civic humanists and then offer some suggestions for how we can best understand Machiavelli.

10:00 - 10:15


10:15 - 11:00

"The World of Dante" by Deborah Parker - Professor Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, UVA

A multi-media research tool intended to facilitate the study of the Divine Comedy through a wide range of offerings. Theseinclude an encoded Italian text which allows for structured searches and analyses, an English translation, interactive maps, diagrams, music, a database, timeline and gallery of illustrations.

11:00 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:15

"Revival and Reinvention: The Rebirth of the Portrait in Renaissance Italy" by Shelley Zuraw, Associate Professor of Art, University of Georgia

Using key example of portraiture in bronze, marble and paint, we will consider the birth of the portrait in the Renaissance, concentrating on the period from ca. 1420-1520. Besides discussing style (or appearance), these portraits will also be the means by which we can address both the
public and private life of the individual in the Renaissance.

12:15 - 1:15


1:15 - 1:45

"How to incorporate this material into high school teaching" by Mike Evans, Charlottesville High School

1:45 - 2:30

Panel Discussions



Zehmer Hall University of Virginia