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)
Inaugural 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."
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)
“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 Royal 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: