The Italian Studies Program is pleased to announce a symposium at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey on October 29, 2004: The Age of Galileo: Art and Science in Early Modern Italy

This symposium brings together leading scholars in the fields of art history, comparative literature, and the history and philosophy of science to explore the wide-ranging influence of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) on both the arts and science of his day. The morning session is devoted primarily to Galileo’s considerable scientific contributions. The afternoon session focuses on Galileo’s relation to, and impact on, European art and culture.

This one-day symposium marks the culmination of a broad celebration of the life and works of Galileo to be held at Rutgers University during the week of October 25-October 31, 2004. Other scheduled events include the Mason Gross Lecture on October 27, “Galileo, Artist and Scientist,” by Dava Sobel, author of Galileo’s Daughter, 1999, and Longitude, 1995, 5:30 PM, Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus; a screening of Joseph Losey’s acclaimed 1975 film “Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo,” on October 27, 10 am, Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus; “Reading the Cosmos: Printed Books in the Age of Galileo,” an exhibition of rare, illustrated scientific texts from the seventeenth century from Rutgers Special Collections at the Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus; and a concert, “Opera in the Time of Galileo,” Nicholas Music Center, Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, October 31, 2 pm.

Symposium Program, October 29, 2004

8:30-9:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast, Pane Room, Alexander Library

Morning Session — Galileo and Science 9:15-9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks: Holly M. Smith, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School at Rutgers, New Brunswick 9:30-10:15 Mario Biagioli, (Harvard University) “Constructing Authority, Remotely: the Role of Distance in Galileo’s Career” 10:15-11 Peter Machamer, (University of Pittsburgh) “A New Look at Galileo’s Scientific Achievement” 11-11:45 William Shea, (University of Padua) “The Path to Rome Is Not Always Smooth” Session Chair: Tim Maudlin (Rutgers University)

Afternoon Session – Galileo and the Arts 2-2:45 Steven Ostrow, (University of California, Riverside) “Galileo and the Berninis” 2:45-3:30 Eileen Reeves, (Princeton University) “Lunar Craters and the Bohemian Crisis” 3:30-4:15 John Beldon Scott, (University of Iowa) “Galileo and the Bad Pope” Session Chair: Tod Marder (Rutgers University)

All events are open to the public. Participation is free but advance registration is required for The Age of Galileo symposium. For further information, please contact: Lisandra Estevez, [email protected]