New Location

The Ginzburg Lecture has moved to Harper Memorial Library, room 140, 1116 East 59th Street.

The Department of History invites you to a talk by Carlo Ginzburg, "Unintended Revelations: Reading History against the Grain," on Monday, October 26, 2015, at 3:30 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room, Social Sciences Research Building, 1126 E. 59th Street, room 224. A reception will follow.

Ginzburg, a prominent historian and proponent of the field of micro-history, is the author of The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller and The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.

Ginzburg's interests range from the Italian Renaissance to early modern European history, with contributions to art history, literary studies, and the theory of historiography. His 1979 letter to the Vatican was instrumental in opening its Inquisition archives to scholars. Ginzburg says working on Inquisition archival evidence “has been fundamental” to his intellectual trajectory:

I vividly remember the long days spent completely alone in the Udine Ecclesiastical Archive in the early sixties, transcribing Inquisition trials nobody had seen before me, except for the inquisitors themselves. Names of completely unknown peasants, men and women, emerged from those sixteenth-century trials—along with their dreams, their emotional reactions, and so forth. I have never since experienced something comparable in my life as a researcher.

Ginzburg is the Franklin D. Murphy Professor of Italian Renaissance Studies at UCLA and the George Lurcy Visiting Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodation to attend the talk should contact Contact David Goodwine,, 773.702.8397.