With apologies for cross-posting and sending this out so late, I am forwarding an invitation from the Columbia University Seminar in the Renaissance to the Zoom talk, “Insects in Renaissance Culture: Art, Science, Technology, Thought, and Literature,” by Cynthia M. Pyle,
For the Zoom link to join the meeting, please reply ASAP directly to:
Matt Mazewski firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dear Members and Attendees of the Columbia University Seminar in the Renaissance, Tues, Dec. 8, 2020, 4:00 PM U.S. EST
We write to invite you all to our next Zoom meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, December 8th at 4:00 PM U.S. EST. Our speaker for the evening will be Cynthia M. Pyle, co-chair of the Seminar in the Renaissance. The title of her talk, updated from that listed in the program that was circulated earlier this semester, will be “Insects in Renaissance Culture: Art, Science, Technology, Thought, and Literature” (new abstract below).
If you would like to attend the meeting, we kindly ask that you respond to this announcement by next Friday, December 4th so that our rapporteur, Matt Mazewski, can assemble a list of attendees. Those who respond will then receive an email Zoom invitation from Alan Stewart sometime before or on the 8h that will include a link and password to let you access the meeting.
You do not need to own the software Zoom since you will be invited through the link. (We recommend opening the link 5-10 minutes before 4:00 PM that afternoon.) You must turn on your computer’s speaker system when joining. You will then discover two buttons to the lower left of the bottom Zoom task bar that allow you to join audially and visually.
As has become our new custom, we will stipulate an ending time of 6:15 PM, which will allow for a few minutes of informal conversation over a virtual toast of wine (BYOW). Everything will be aural and visual, including the PowerPoint slides. You can participate with or without your own camera on (or with it covered with frosted scotch tape, if you prefer). You will be able to see the speaker and the slides on your computer screen.
During the talk, we will ask everyone to “mute” their microphone (if you have not taken part before, how to do this will be made clear once we’re all in the Zoom meeting); this will allow the speaker to talk without extraneous sounds (which interfere with transmission).
To allow a clear discussion in the Q&A, questions and comments must be voiced one at a time, with the questioner turning his or her microphone back on, again to ensure there are no interruptions or extraneous sounds. You can “raise your hand” by clicking on the hand within the “Participants” menu at the bottom of your screen, or by raising your hand.
The title and abstract for Professor Pyle’s talk are as follows:
Insects in Renaissance Culture:
Art, Science, Technology, Thought, and Literature
The second part of the Fourth Book (De Vermibus, or On Lowly Creatures) of Pier Candido Decembrio’s De animantium naturis (Vatican MS Urb. lat. 276, 1460, with the author’s autograph corrections, but illustrated in the 1590s — previously studied for the 1984 Facsimile edition) deals in large part with insects (along with snails, amphibians, etc.). This talk will look more broadly at the role of insects (and one or two other lowly creatures) in the art, science, technology, literature, thought and culture of the Renaissance. It will adduce evidence from the portrayal of lowly creatures in the work of the manuscript artist, Teodoro Ghisi, as well as by artists like the father and son, Joris and Jacob Hoefnagel, to discuss both the provenance of some of the Vatican manuscript’s insect and other illustrations, as well as the interactions among artists and naturalists across Europe, broadly speaking. It will also address the technical and metaphorical uses and depictions of insects in the visual and the literary arts.
Again, please be sure to respond by next Friday, December 4th if you plan to attend, and to furnish Matt with your email address (if different from the one we have on record). There is no need to contact the rapporteur if you do not plan to attend. (Note: if you are receiving this announcement via a listserv, please be careful not to reply to the whole listserv when responding.)
We look forward to “seeing” you soon!
With our very best wishes,
Co-Chairs, Columbia University Seminar in the Renaissance
Matt Mazewski, Rapporteur matthew.mazewski@