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October 15, 2013

Preview: Voice Lecture Series 2013

This October and November, Emmanuel's Foreign Language Department, in collaboration with Emmanuel's Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Boston's Spanish and Italian Consulates, will offer the annual 2013 Voice Lecture Series, which includes three rounds of presentations on the subject of Machiavelli, Machiavellism and European Political Landscape. This year's presentations focus on Machiavelli as a historian, politician, philosopher, writer and diplomat while exploring his past and present influence on the political European landscape. Lectures will be hosted on October 16th, October 21st and November 8th in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall.

Wednesday, October 16th, at 4:30 p.m.

"Machiavelli's Mandragola: Lessons on Human Nature and Deceit"
Speaker: Susan A. Michalczyk, Professor, Boston College

This lecture illuminates Machiavelli's analysis of human nature through his theatrical work in the comedy, Mandragola. Speaker Michalczyk will discuss Mandragola's presentation of complications that result from "the desire to acquire" through the artistic and humanistic lens which Machiavelli wrote his play.

Monday, October 21st, at 4:30 p.m.

Pedro de Ribadeneyra's the "Christian Prince"
Speaker: Dr. Keith Howard, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Florida State University

This lecture provides a general overview of Machiavelli's 16th- and 17th-century presence in Spain while exploring Pedro de Ribadeneyra's, the "Christian Prince's," tendency to adapt key elements of Machiavelli's vocabulary and theoretical framework for dealing with political contingency despite his outward anti-Machiavellian demeanor.

Friday, November 8th, at 6:00 p.m.

"The Prince as a Redeemer"
Speaker: Maurizio Viroli, Professor of Political Science, Princeton University

This lecture discusses the controversial themes of political ethics, the virtues of the prince, military matters and the role of fortune and God in political affairs as portrayed through what is arguably Machiavelli's most infamous work, The Prince.