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Galileo Workshop

Fri February 2nd - Sat February 3rd 2024, All day
Stanford Humanities Center
Levinthal Hall
424 Santa Teresa Street
Stanford CA 94305

Galileo’s Letters:  Experiments in Friendship

February 2-3, 2024

Stanford Humanities Center


Friday, February 2 9:00-9:30 am 

  Coffee and pastries 9:30-9:45 am  

 Welcome and Introduction(Hannah Marcus, Harvard, and Paula Findlen, Stanford)     

 9:45-12:00 Session 1:  Galileo’s Correspondence: Epistolary Strategies (Chair, Daniel Stolzenberg, UC Davis)

Anna-Luna Post (Jesus College, Cambridge University): Letters as Instruments of Fame

Meredith K. Ray (University of Delaware): Galileo’s Female Galaxy

Federica Favino (Università di Roma, La Sapienza): The Missing Node: Antonio Santini (1577-1662) among Galileo's Correspondents

 12:00-1:30 pm Lunch

 1:30-3:00 pm  Session 2:  How Galileo’s Letters Traveled (Chair, Stefania Tutino, UCLA)

Salvatore Ricciardo (Università di Bergamo): A Tentative Map of the Letter to Castelli of 21 December 1613 in the Events of the ‘First Galileo Trial’

Eileen Reeves (Princeton): Galileo Galilei and the Madman from Montelupo

3:00-3:30 pm  Coffee 3:30-5:00 pm  Session 3:  Artisans of Correspondence (Chair, Sarah Prodan, Stanford)

Franco Giudice (Università di Milano): Tobie Matthew’s Role in the Circulation of the Letter to Castelli of 21 December 1613

Nick Wilding (Georgia State): Textual Titubations: Amanuenses, Copyists and Thieves in the Making of the Letter to Alfonso Antonini


 Saturday, February 3 

10:00-10:30     Coffee and pastries 

10:30-12 pm   Session 4:  Galileo’s Correspondence in the Digital Age (Chair, Massimo Mazzotti, UC Berkeley)

Hannah Marcus (Harvard) and Paula Findlen (Stanford): Missing Letters:  Reconstructing Galileo’s Venetian Correspondence

    Crystal Hall (Bowdoin College): Unediting Galileo

 12-1:30 pm      Lunch 

1:30-2:30 pm   Final Round Table (Chair, Mario Biagioli, UCLA)        

     Diego Pirillo (UC Berkeley)  

     Renee Raphael (UC Irvine)