Welcoming our newest faculty member, Professor Simon Grote:
M.Phil., Cambridge University
M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Intellectual and cultural historian of early modern Europe
I focus primarily on the intellectual history of the German- and English-speaking parts of Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The topics touched by my research include the history of philosophy, universities and academic culture, political and economic thought, the arts, and religion and its relationship to modernity. The book I am now preparing, The Origins of Modern Aesthetic Theory, is an attempt to explain why early eighteenth-century Scotland and Germany witnessed an explosion of interest in theorizing about beauty and the arts, now known as the moment when modern aesthetic theory was born. The new theories of beauty and the arts, I argue, grew out of ongoing debates about theology, moral philosophy, and natural law. I am also beginning a project on the concept of original sin in Enlightenment Europe and a project tracing the emergence of “style” as a concept important to art criticism.
My teaching includes courses on early modern Europe and early modern Germany, as well as courses that delve more deeply into topics and problems in European intellectual and cultural history: the early history of economic thought, the Enlightenment, theories and practices of religious toleration, and aspects of visual and material culture.
Look here for course flyers from previous years, lists of past honors and award recipients, and information about past special events.
Spring 2013 Events
Senior Celebration: May 9th
Many thanks to Ms. Julia O'Donnell (harpist) and Ms. Adelene Lai (classical guitarist) for the exquisite musical accompaniment to our senior celebration.
Thanks also to Ms. Priscilla Gutierrez '13 for capturing many of the images of celebration inside of the Alum Ballroom and Angela Lee '13 for the magical images outside of the Alum Ballroom and the surrounding campus landscape.
Thanks also to Jules Catering for providing the sumptuous meal and very happy ending!
Congratulations to all our Seniors and best wishes for success on your path beyond Wellesley College!
Our first public lecture of 2013 was given by Dr. William Cavert of Clare College, Cambridge, U.K.