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The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America
at Columbia University
Presents The Italian Academy Lecture Series
by
Carlo Ginzburg
A true interdisciplinary intellectual, Ginzburg is among the founders of “microhistory”: an historical
approach attempting to explain ideas, attitudes, or cultural patterns by an intensive examination of a
person, event, or locality. In 1976, Ginzburg published “The Cheese and the Worms,” a rigorous
and imaginative tour-de-force which placed him in the top rank of European historians. In this book,
Ginzburg showed that a single miller, if scrutinized carefully enough, could lead to a deeper
understanding of the contemporary social and cultural climate. Besides this book, he has published a
series of highly acclaimed works, notably, “The Night Battles” (1966), “The Enigma of Piero”
(1981), “Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method” (1984), “Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches
Sabbath” (1989), and most recently “Occhiacci di legno: nove riflessioni sulla distanza”(1997).


Carlo Ginzburg was profiled in the Sunday New York Times Magazine in 1991 in which he was
referred to as a pioneering practitioner in the history of popular culture. For many years he taught at
the University of Bologna, the city where he lives for half of the year. He has been a visiting fellow at
Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the Getty Center, the Warburg Institute (London), the Ecole Pratique des
Hautes Etudes (Paris) and since 1988 has held the Franklin D. Murphy Chair of Italian Renaissance
Studies at UCLA. His work has been translated into fifteen languages and he has lectured
worldwide. This year, Carlo Ginzburg is the Fellow-in-Residence at the Italian Academy for
Advanced Studies at Columbia University. He will be giving four lectures titled:
No Island is an Island:
Four Glances at English Literature
in a World Perspective
All lectures begin at 5:30 PM EST
and will be hosted at The Italian Academy.

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Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The lectures will also be broadcast live over the internet
and recorded as part of our archives for permanent public access
Tuesday
February 24, 1998
The Old World and the New,
Seen from Nowhere
Tuesday
March 3, 1998
England, Europe and
the Defense of Rhyme
Tuesday
March 10, 1998
A Search for the Origins:
Reading Tristram Shandy
Again
Tuesday
March 24, 1998
Tusitala and His Polish
Reader
Main PageCalendarGinzburg at UCLA
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America
at Columbia University
Presents The Italian Academy Lecture Series
by
Carlo Ginzburg
A true interdisciplinary intellectual, Ginzburg is among the founders of “microhistory”: an historical
approach attempting to explain ideas, attitudes, or cultural patterns by an intensive examination of a
person, event, or locality. In 1976, Ginzburg published “The Cheese and the Worms,” a rigorous
and imaginative tour-de-force which placed him in the top rank of European historians. In this book,
Ginzburg showed that a single miller, if scrutinized carefully enough, could lead to a deeper
understanding of the contemporary social and cultural climate. Besides this book, he has published a
series of highly acclaimed works, notably, “The Night Battles” (1966), “The Enigma of Piero”
(1981), “Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method” (1984), “Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches
Sabbath” (1989), and most recently “Occhiacci di legno: nove riflessioni sulla distanza”(1997).


Carlo Ginzburg was profiled in the Sunday New York Times Magazine in 1991 in which he was
referred to as a pioneering practitioner in the history of popular culture. For many years he taught at
the University of Bologna, the city where he lives for half of the year. He has been a visiting fellow at
Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the Getty Center, the Warburg Institute (London), the Ecole Pratique des
Hautes Etudes (Paris) and since 1988 has held the Franklin D. Murphy Chair of Italian Renaissance
Studies at UCLA. His work has been translated into fifteen languages and he has lectured
worldwide. This year, Carlo Ginzburg is the Fellow-in-Residence at the Italian Academy for
Advanced Studies at Columbia University. He will be giving four lectures titled:
No Island is an Island:
Four Glances at English Literature
in a World Perspective
All lectures begin at 5:30 PM EST
and will be hosted at The Italian Academy.

Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The lectures will also be broadcast live over the internet
and recorded as part of our archives for permanent public access
Tuesday
February 24, 1998
The Old World and the New,
Seen from Nowhere
Tuesday
March 3, 1998
England, Europe and
the Defense of Rhyme
Tuesday
March 10, 1998
A Search for the Origins:
Reading Tristram Shandy
Again
Tuesday
March 24, 1998
Tusitala and His Polish
Reader
Main PageCalendarGinzburg at UCLA
Carlo Ginzburg
Franklin D. Murphy Professor of Italian
Renaissance Studies
Fields of interest: Italian Renaissance; Early Modern European History.


Education: dottore in Lettere, University of Pisa, 1961
Publications:
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth Century Miller, Baltimore, 1980
The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Baltimore, 1983
The Enigma of Piero della Francesca, London, 1985
Clues, Myths and the Historical Method, Baltimore, 1989
Ecstasies. Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbath, New York, 1991