The Humanities Forum presents James S. Grubb, professor of history at UMBC, who will deliver the annual Lipitz Lecture at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, Wednesday, April 20, at 4 p.m.
Historians strive to be citizens of the world, crossing cultural boundaries in time to explore the values and structures of peoples who are strangers to us. Focusing on the Italian Renaissance, James Grubb’s work looks at middling folk five hundred years past, those neither powerful nor marginalized, who lived their days as best they could and left few traces in the history books. He reminds us that the task of reconstructing the ordinary can only take place in the archives, those cathedrals of the dead, by painstakingly assembling the scattered shards of forgotten lives.
Grubb teaches primarily Renaissance and Reformation history. Recipient of several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, he is author of a number of essays and books, including” Firstborn of Venice: Vicenza in the Early Renaissance State” and “Provincial Families in the Renaissance: Private and Public Life in the Veneto,” winner of the American Historical Association’s Marraro prize for the best book in Italian history. He continues his research on social relations in Renaissance Venice.
Sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the James T. and Virginia M. Dresher Center for the Humanities.
Admission is free. For more information, call ext. 5-6798.