Humanities Center


Ferrari Humanities Symposia

Bernard T. Ferrari and his wife, Linda.

In 2012, University of Rochester Trustee Bernard T. Ferrari ’70, ’74M (MD) and his wife, Linda Gaddis Ferrari, established the Ferrari Humanities Symposia to broaden the liberal education of the University’s undergraduates, enhance the experience of graduate students, and expand the connections of University faculty with other scholars from around the world.

The annual symposium features a public talk from a visiting scholar with expertise in humanistic thought from the 14th to 17th centuries. The visiting scholar also participates in other activities on campus designed to complement the lecture.

Both Dr. and Mrs. Ferrari have a long-standing appreciation of the arts, particularly paintings of the Italian Renaissance period. "The study of the humanities provides people with the ability to better appreciate beauty, and better appreciate life," said Dr. Ferrari, who explained that art helped to keep him grounded through his rigorous studies in science and medicine. Read more >

Previous Ferrari Humanities Symposia keynote presenters have been Anthony Grafton (2012), Diarmaid MacCulloch (2013), and Stephen Greenblatt (2014).

2015-2016 Keynote Speaker

For 2015-16 The Ferrari Symposium keynote speaker will be Lisa Jardine, Professor of Renaissance Studies at University College London and Director of the UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects, as well as Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters.  For more information about Lisa Jardine’s visit, which will take place April 3-5, 2016, see Events for more information.

Stephen Greenblatt
Stephen Greenblatt at the Ferrari Symposium in 2014.