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Historian is Distinguished Humanist

UC Riverside Historian is Distinguished Humanist

Center for Ideas and Society Sponsors Lecture 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19

(January 17, 2005)

Dale V. Kent

Dale V. Kent

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- The Center for Ideas and Society at UC Riverside has selected Professor of History Dale V. Kent as this year’s Distinguished Humanist Achievement Lecturer.

She will speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building on the subject, “Patronage and Patriarchy: Cosimo de’Medici and the Florentine Renaissance.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The annual lecture was set up in 1991-92 by The Center for Ideas and Society to honor the scholarly achievements and accomplishments of a member of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences faculty. The purpose of the annual award is to celebrate a significant recent scholarly research accomplishment by colleagues, or a series of such achievements.

Kent’s interests include the early modern European history with an emphasis in the Renaissance period. Her lecture will focus on Medici as the leading citizen of Florence, and its major patron of literature and art. Kent has extensively researched the subject over the years, even publishing a book in December 2000 which examined all the art and architecture commissioned by Medici. One reviewer said that Kent’s book, Cosimo De' Medici and the Florentine Renaissance: The Patron's Oeuvre, “Sets a new standard for studies of the Medici and indeed all cultural phenomena in Florence.”

For more information regarding this, or any event sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society, please call (951) UCR-IDEA or visit the website

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