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Bill Kent Memorial Lecture 2016

Bill Kent Memorial Lecture 2016
Each year Monash University holds a lecture in memory of Professor Bill Kent, renowned scholar of the Italian Renaissance and Founding Director of the Monash University Prato Centre.

We were honoured to have Professor Lino Pertile deliver the 2016 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture at the Monash Conference Centre in Melbourne earlier this month. Professor Pertile is the Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University and the former Paul E. Geier Director of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Professor Pertile spoke about the uses and abuses of intelligence from Dante to Machiavelli. You can view and listen to the lecture online.

At the event, the publication Studies on Florence and the Italian Renaissance in Honour of F.W. Kent was launched by Professor Emerita Ros Pesman of the University of Sydney. The book was edited by Associate Professor Peter Howard, Deputy Dean of the Monash Faculty of Arts and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Dr Cecilia Hewlett, Director of the Monash University Prato Centre and Associate Dean (International) of the Faculty of Arts. Published by Brepols this month, the volume is a collection of 27 essays which are interdisciplinary in scope and grounded in visual, literary, and archival materials. The essays explore the society of Renaissance Italy, confronting and extending themes that have been emerging in recent decades and which were exemplified by Bill Kent’s work. To find out more about the volume, you can view and listen to the launch online. Copies of the volume can be purchased online via Brepols’ website.

The event was hosted by the Monash Faculty of Arts’ Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Professor Rae Frances, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, welcomed guests, Associate Professor Peter Howard gave the introduction and Dr Cecilia Hewlett spoke about the Bill Kent Foundation Fund and the Monash Prato Centre. Professor Margaret Gardner, President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, gave the concluding remarks.

A European launch of the publication will be held on 12 December 2016 at the Monash University Prato Centre. The 2017 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture will be held at the Monash University Prato Centre. To receive information about these events, join our mailing list.