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University of Amsterdam


The five-day Renaissance Program takes place in Florence, Italy, from November 13–17, 2023. Additionally, we have added a bonus sixth day, the Renaissance Symposium, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, for those who wish to participate.

The program will combine five days of presentations and discussions with visits to the most important historical sites and artworks of Renaissance Florence. We are also arranging special guest presentations.

Day 1: The Birth of Renaissance Humanism, the Discovery of the Modern Self, and the Recovery of Ancient Knowledge
Day 2: Civic Humanism: Creating the Best Possible World
Day 3: Renaissance Visions of Humanity: Human Dignity, Human Potential, Shaping a Self, and Humanistic Education
Day 4: Art, Architecture, and Philosophy: Beauty, Goodness, and Harmony
Day 5: Thinking about the Value of Renaissance Ideas Today (at the Medici Villa Overlooking Florence). Farewell Dinner in the Evening.
Day 6 – Bonus Renaissance Symposium on Saturday, November 18, 2023: For those interested in staying an extra day, the symposium will be divided into three parts: (1) a discussion on the influence of ancient philosophy, including Stoicism and Neoplatonism, during the Renaissance; (2) short presentations by participants; and (3) a collaborative brainstorming session aimed at generating ideas to shape the future of the Renaissance Program together. The Renaissance Symposium will take place at Palazzo Rucellai, designed by the great Renaissance humanist and architect Leon Battista Alberti.

Enrolment is now open.
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