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April 21, 2004
Susan Beasy Latto, UMD Director of Public Relations (218) 726-8830
Carol Bock, UMD Associate Professor, Department of English (218) 726-8228

UMD To Hold Jankofsky
Medieval Renaissance Lecture

Annual Jankofsky Essay Award to be Presented

University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is set to host Jankofsky Medieval and Renaissance Lecture April 23, at 4:00 p.m. in UMD Library Rotunda. Professor William Eamon, Regents Professor of History, New Mexico State University will present, ?The Kittens Have Opened Their Eyes: Popular Science and Political Protest in the 16th Century Italy.? The fourth annual Jankofsky Essay Award will also be presented. The public is cordially invited to attend. A reception will follow the lecture.

The Lecture concerns the emergence of popular scientific literature in the 16th century Italy, and some of the ways printing influenced political change. The talk will focus on the 16th century surgeon Leonardo Fioravanti (the subject of Professor Eamon?s most recent book) and how his books, ideas, and literary style were appropriated in various radical political movements.

Professor Eamon is a professor of history and director of the University Honors Program at New Mexico State University. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Kansas and has published extensively in his area of expertise. His most recent book is titled, Science and the Secrets of Nature: Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture.

The Jankofsky Lecture Series is generously endowed by an anonymous donor, who is an alumna of the English Department at UMD, in honor of Dr. Jankofsky, in order to promote Medieval and Renaissance Studies and encourage young scholars in the field.

The Jankofsky Essay Award, also made possible by this endowment, encourages undergraduate students in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Judges include: Assistant Professor Krista Twu, Associate Professor Carol Bock, Assistant Professor Anna Marie Roos, and Associate Professor Jonathan Conant.

For further information: contact Carol Bock, Associate Professor, UMD Department of English (218) 726-8228, by fax (218) 726-6882, or by email

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