Join us during Fall 2016 for this exciting series of events!


The Bembos of Venice: Merchants, Diplomats, and A Knight of Malta

September 12, 2016 through January 13, 2017
T.R. Anderson Gallery, 4th Floor of Wilson Library

Free and Open to the Public



All four lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are required:

October 4, 2016   7:00 p.m.  Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, west bank
The Carl Sheppard Memorial Lecture, Center for Medieval Studies
Professor Elizabeth Ross, School of Art and Art History, University of Florida

"Mapping Muslim Jerusalem in Late Medieval German Pilgrimage"


October 20, 2016 7:00 p.m. 4th Floor Gallery, O. Meredith Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, west bank
53rd James Ford Bell Lecture
Professor Kathryn L. Reyerson, History, University of Minnesota

"The Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean: Trade in a Transitional Time"


October 27, 2016 7:00 p.m. 4th Floor Gallery, O. Meredith Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, west bank
Dr. Daniel K. Gullo, Joseph S. Micallef Curator, Malta Study Center, and Assistant Director, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John’s University

"A Knight of the Italian Renaissance: Pietro Bembo and the Order of Malta"


December 1, 2016  7:00 p.m.  4th Floor Gallery, O. Meredith Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, west bank
Dr. Francesca Bortoletti, Research Associate, Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota

"Visualizing Sanudo's Diarii. The Multimedia Festival in Renaissance Venice"



¡Sacabuche!”: Venetia 1500

Sunday, November 13, 2016;  2:00 p.m.  Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland, Minneapolis

$20.00 per ticket; Free to students with a valid student ID (ticket still required) Due to limited seating, advance registration is required.  Tickets may be reserved/purchased at:




Lecture Series: The Earth Unmoored? Reading Nature and Scripture in the Time of Galileo

Co-sponsored by the Center for Early Modern History (U of M) and the University of St. Thomas.
For details, visit the Center’s web site:

  • 16 September: Professor Eileen Reeves, Comparative Literature, Princeton University
  • 14 October: Professor Stefania Tutino, History, University of California-Los Angeles
  • 28 October: Professor Nick Wilding, History, Georgia State University
  • 18 November: Professor Christopher Graney, Physics, Jefferson Community & Technical College


The Mediterranean Seminar: “Magic, Medicine, and Technology in the Mediterranean”
November 11-12, 2016, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN

For details: visit the Seminar’s web site:

Thank you for your Support!

Support for Celebrating Venice: At the Center! has been provided by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul; the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library; the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World; the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries; Prof. Don Livingston, director of Ensemble Col Basso, Sprezzatura, and host of the Hausmusik Concert Series; and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Medieval Studies, Center for Early Modern History, and the James Ford Bell Library.