Professor Christopher Celenza at the LBI
On 6th June, Professor Christopher Celenza, James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University presented his paper “The Italian Renaissance and the Origins of the Modern Humanities: Lorenzo Valla, Philology, and Emotion” as a virtual guest lecture at the LBI for Neo-Latin Studies. The paper dealt with the scholarly life and methods of Lorenzo Valla. The work of this Italian humanist, Prof. Celenza argues, invites us to trace the place of the emotions in the history of philology and related academic fields. Prof. Celenza’s lecture drew an international audience to the online event, and offered a taster of his new book The Italian Renaissance and the Origins of the Modern Humanities, due to appear in autumn this year with Cambridge University Press.