New Insights into the Life and Times of Niccolo Machiavelli
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
By most measures, Machiavelli’s life was a success. In his day, he achieved literary fame and gained the respect and patronage of the powerful Medici family. After his death, history elevated his name to be synonymous with political expediency and pragmatism. However, a younger, wealthier Florentine nobleman, Lorenzo di Filippo Strozzi, whose contributions to Renaissance Florence have gone almost completely unnoticed, aided in, and perhaps even organized, many of Machiavelli’s achievements. With William Landon as your guide explore this lesser-known, dark side to Machiavelli’s biography.
William Landon, interim chairperson and associate professor of history
Department of History and Geography
William Landon is a Northern Kentucky native and an alumnus of Northern Kentucky University. He graduated from NKU with a B.A. in History in 1998. In the fall of that year he and his wife, Carla, moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where William was accepted into The University of Edinburgh’s School of History, to pursue a Master’s degree in Early Modern Italian History. In the autumn of 1999, immediately after successfully completing his M.Sc., William began his Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Richard Mackenney, one of the world’s pre-eminent Italian Renaissance historians. William’s doctoral dissertation focused on the development of “political vocabulary” in Florence, Italy during the high Renaissance, and especially in the writings of Niccolò Machiavelli. In May of 2003, William received his Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance History. He and his wife returned to the Tri-State area to spend time with their families. Shortly thereafter William published his first book, and a position in the Department of History and Geography at NKU opened. William applied for it, and he was hired to teach on the tenure track. Since receiving his Ph.D., William has lectured in Taipei, Taiwan and Florence, Italy, and he has delivered numerous lectures at international conferences. Additionally, he has published widely. His second book is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press’s Italian Studies Series. That book is titled Lorenzo di Filippo Strozzi and Niccolò Machiavelli: Patron, Client and the Pistola fatta per la peste. In July of 2012, William was promoted to Associate Professor of History with Tenure and he was appointed Interim Chairperson of the Department of History and Geography at NKU.
When & Where
Six@Six Lecture Series
Six@Six is a community lectures series sponsored by Northern Kentucky University’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. Think of this as your chance to go to college, minus the tuition, the morning classes and the pressure of grades.
The season will start with an evaluation of the Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation and end with a look into the dark side of the life of Machiavelli. In between, you’ll learn about the evolution of wire service photography, the effects of consuming energy cocktails, wobbly atoms, and the truth behind police drama forensic science.
Six@Six is hosted by three of our region’s finest arts and cultural institutions: The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Behringer-Crawford Museum and The Mercantile Library. This year for the first time a lecture will be held in Northern Kentucky University’s new state-of-the-art Digitorium in Griffin Hall. The lectures begin this fall and stretch into next spring. The six lectures each start at 6 p.m. and cost $6 (buy a season pass for $30; students are free.)