Machiavelli's 'The Prince': Celebrating 500 years of unique and dangerous genius

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Wednesday – Dec. 4, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University, in collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum, will sponsor a symposium celebrating the 500th anniversary of Niccolò Machiavelli’s “The Prince” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 – the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli’s infamous “little book.” Hosted by the Cincinnati Art Museum, it is the only event of its kind being held in North America.

Dr. William Landon, acting chair of NKU’s Department of History and Geography, is one of the evening’s featured presenters. “Very few works in the canon of western political literature can compare with the brilliant intensity of Machiavelli’s little work that we know as ‘The Prince’,” Landon said, “and none can compare with its infamy. Moreover, Machiavelli’s name has been used as an adjective (Machiavellian) to describe the machinations of deceitful politicians at least since the time of Shakespeare. This symposium provides a rare opportunity to hear experts talk about this frequently referenced, though infrequently read book that changed western politics forever.”

Guest speakers for the symposium are all internationally known experts on Machiavelli. Along with Dr. Landon, they include Professor William J. Connell, La Motta Chair of Italian History, Seton Hall; Professor Richard Mackenney, Department of History, SUNY Binghamton; and Professor Massimo Ciavolella, Director, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA.

These preeminent scholars will reflect on inception of ‘The Prince,’ its influence and its reception exactly 500 years after Machiavelli first mentioned his treatise in private correspondence.

The symposium is presented by the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Office of the President, Office of the Provost and Dean of Arts and Sciences with the generous support of the NKU departments of history and geography; political science; sociology, anthropology and philosophy; English; and world languages and literatures.

The event is free and open to the public, and reservations are not required. There is a $4 parking fee (except for Art Museum members). It will be preceded by a reception at 5 p.m.

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