Renaissance Society of America, Annual Meeting
New York, March 2004
New York 2004 Fiftieth Anniversary of the RSA by Martin Elsky, Conference Co-Chair I am pleased to update members about the RSA Conference of 2004, which will be held in New York from Thursday, 25 March, to Saturday, 27 March, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Benjamin Ravid, the Bennett Lecturer, will speak on "Hebraica, Judaica, and the Renaissance." The conference coincides with a particularly joyous occasion, the fiftieth anniversary of the RSA's founding. We'll be celebrating the event in the Trends Panel, "Changing Models of Renaissance Scholarship: A Fifty Year Retrospective." In "Spain, Spanish America, and the Renaissance: Problems and Prospects," Richard Kagan will discuss how North American scholars of the Renaissance in Spain and its American colonies have changed the traditional view that Spain, having turned its back on most European intellectual developments, had no Renaissance. In "Seeing Things," Rona Goffen will describe how Italian art history, traditionally central to Renaissance studies, but also one of the more conservative disciplines, has developed a new paradigm of multidisciplinary study. Eugene Rice, a distinguished former president of the RSA, will treat us to a fifty-year history of the organization. As the host institution of the RSA, The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York is planning a gallery exhibit and related sessions, as well as an opening night reception. We urge you to start thinking about organizing panels, which should be submitted on the RSA website, www.rsa.org. We also of course welcome individual papers. As always we will need members to volunteer to chair sessions. Let the RSA office know your institutional position and your range of interests, and we will do our best to match chair and panel. We hope this will help members obtain funding to attend the conference. We look forward to wide participation for an exciting conference in the city that never sleeps.