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Lecture: Professor Mackenzie Cooley

November 2, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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“The Perfection of Nature”

Professor Mackenzie Cooley
Assistant Professor of History, Director of Latin American Studies
Hamilton College

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
2:00-3:00 PM
Curti Lounge (Rm 5243 Humanities Bldg)

Event Description and Speaker Bio: Mackenzie Cooley is an intellectual historian who studies the uses, abuses, and understandings of the natural world in early modern science and medicine. Her first book, The Perfection of Nature: Animals, Humans, and Race in the Renaissance (University of Chicago Press, 2022), offers a deep history of how Renaissance Italy and the Spanish empire were shaped by a lingering fascination with breeding. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation and Mellon Foundation, among other grants. Over 2021-22, Cooley was Villa I Tatti Residential Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies where she developed research for her second monograph, Treasury of Knowledge: Medicine in Renaissance Empire. She is presently co-editing two volumes: Natural Things: Ecologies of Knowledge in the Early Modern World and Knowing an Empire: Imperial Science in the Chinese and Spanish Empires, 1500-1800.

Co-sponsored by the Department of History and Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program



November 2, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Curti Lounge (Rm 5243 Mosse Humanities Bldg)
455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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