Past Event

Monica Azzolini - Saints and Science in Early Modern Italy: Filippo Neri and Francesco Borgia as Patron Saints of Earthquakes

November 29, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Fayerweather Hall (Room 513), Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Speaker: Monica Azzolini, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History, University of Edinburgh

Nature, in all its might and fury, has affected human society from its earliest times. This lecture shall explore the way in which early moderns conceptualized natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Through a small number of case studies, the lecture will investigate how patron saints of earthquakes were born and thrived in central and southern Italy and in the New Kingdom of Granada. The emphasis will be largely on post-Tridentine cults, as they provide a unique lens through which to explore local and national politics as well as the power of new religious orders such as the Jesuits and the Oratorians.

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is part of the New York History of Science Lecture Series.

Sponsoring Organizations:
New York University
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Columbia University in the City of New York
City University of New York
The New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Medicine