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Congratulations to the Lectureship award recipients for 2009-2010: Todd Cioffi, Department of Congregational Ministry Studies; Craig Hanson, Department of Art and Art History; Anding Shen, Department of Biology.



About the Award

The Calvin College Faculty Lectureship Award recognizes the scholarly achievements and professional contributions of individual Calvin faculty members. The lecture series aims to share the awardees' work with the faculty as a whole. Each lecture, while open to the public, should promote mutual interest, discussion, and understanding within the faculty of Calvin College. Awards will be determined in the fall. (more about the award)


HansonInaugural Lecture, November 9, 2009

"The Horns of a Dilemma: The Rhinoceros before the Royal Society and the Relationship of the Arts and Sciences in Early Modern Europe."

Craig Hanson
Department of Art and Art History

Monday, November 9, 2009, Art Department Lecture Hall, SC150, 7-8 p.m. (refreshments served after the lecture in the Spoelhof Atrium)

Professor Hanson earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from theUniversity of Chicago (1996 and 2003 respectively). He is the author of The English Virtuoso.

“An elegant and revelatory study, which vaults from discipline to discipline with enviable ease: Craig Ashley Hanson is almost as much of a polymath as his learned subjects. As befits a book partly about visual culture, the design is lovely too.”

— Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator, HistoricRoyal Palaces



About the lecture: In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, discrepancies between the empirical evidence of single-horned rhinoceroses witnessed by Europeans and references from antiquity regarding double-horned rhinos perplexed members of the hollarRoyal Society, particularly the circle of physicians around Drs. Richard Mead and Hans Sloane. Three articles published in the Philosophical Transactions proposing solutions to the two-horned dilemma and the kinds of evidence on which they depended raise crucial issues for the Royal Society during the period – antiquarian concerns tied to philology, numismatics, textual emendation, and collecting as well as the conceptual overlap between science, medical theory, and knowledge of the ancient world generally.

Coming second semester:

Todd Cioffi, Department of Congregational and Ministry Studies
Anding Shen, Department of Biology





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