David L.Vierling on “Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters: The Search for ‘a Very Deep Feeling of Being Part of Something’”

On February 19, 2008, David L. Vierling, a Berlin-based expert in comparative literature, media studies and film, working at the John F. Kennedy School, Berlin (Department of English), visited ECLA to present a lecture on “Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters: The Search for ‘a Very Deep Feeling of Being Part of Something’”. This guest

Read More

Stefano Evangelista on Walter Pater

On 13 February Dr. Stefano Evangelista of Trinity College, Oxford, presented an inspiring guest lecture on Walter Pater’s vision of the Renaissance as a state of mind. Walter Pater (1839 – 1894) was an English art and literary critic at Oxford. Although he was a shy and peaceful man, his book The Renaissance, Studies in

Read More

Dr. Jobst Welge on the Decameron

On 28 January Dr. Jobst Welge of Freie Universität zu Berlin presented a guest lecture on Boccaccio’s Decameron. Written in 1348, the Decameron tells of the brigata, a band of three young men and seven young women who flee from plague-ridden Florence to a pastoral idyll, where they feast and tell stories – ten stories

Read More

Lynn Catterson on Renaissance Sculpture

As part of the introductory week of the winter term, ‘Art, Politics, and Morality in the Florentine Renaissance’, ECLA featured two inspiring guest lectures by Professor Lynn Catterson from Columbia University. On 8 January Professor Catterson’s lecture ‘Disrobing the Body Sculpted’ introduced the history of sculpture, in particular its various styles and their movement with

Read More

ECLA Core Course on Education

For ten weeks at ECLA, drawing upon the debates of Ancient Greece, students and faculty have been weighing different views of the meaning of education. Students considered their position as learners at the same time as experiencing the ‘other side’ of the educational dialogue in seminars, such that the experience was of self-reflective education. Two

Read More