The Holland Society is collaborating with Columbia University in hosting a lecture “Humanism at the University of Leiden: Pedagogy, Philology, and Printing”. The lecture is part of Columbia University’s Queen Wilhelmina Lecture series.

Speaker: Anthony Grafton, Princeton University Professor of History

Moderator: Pamela Smith, Columbia University Seth Low Professor of History, Director of the Center for Science and Society, and chair of the Studies of the Dutch-Speaking World


Monday, April 3, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Columbia University Butler Library, Room 203, 535 West 114th Street, New York, NY 10027

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Professor Grafton will speak about the intellectual culture of Dutch humanism in the early modern period, focusing on the University of Leiden.  The talk will give new exposure to the Holland Society’s collection of early Dutch books.  The Grotius Collection has been on deposit at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library since 1901.

The Lecture is organized by Arnoud Visser, Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor, Columbia University, and Professor of Textural Culture in the Renaissance, University of Utrecht, in collaboration with the Studies of the Dutch-Speaking World at Columbia University, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the European Institute.

Members that are in town for the annual meeting on April 1st may decide to stay through Monday to attend the lecture which will be open to all Members and Friends for free.