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Anthony Grafton, renowned scholar of the Renaissance, will speak on "The Meanings of History in Renaissance Europe" on Monday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Reed's Vollum lecture hall. Grafton, the Dodge Professor of History and director of the Davis Center for Historical Research at Princeton University, is a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. The lecture is free and open to the public; for more information call 503/777-7755.

Anthony Grafton is well known for his lively essays in the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. He is author of the new book Leon Battista Alberti: Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance (Hill and Wang, 2000); the critically acclaimed The Footnote: A Curious History (Harvard University Press, 1997), called "a witty and characteristically erudite book" by the New York Times Book Review; and many other works including Commerce With the Classics: Ancient Books and Renaissance Readers (University of Michigan Press, 1997). He has been on the Princeton faculty for 25 years and has been a visiting professor at the Collège de France and the École Normale Supèrieure. In 1986 he founded Princeton’s freshman seminar program, which he ran for 12 years, and he has also directed the program in European cultural studies. In 1996 Princeton awarded him the Behrman Prize for Achievement in the Humanities. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.

Grafton has given named lectures at the American Academy in Rome, Cambridge University, Harvard, Oxford, and Columbia, and has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He received his A.B. (with Phi Beta Kappa honors) and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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