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“The Orsini: A Family of Roman Baroni in Context—Politics, Society, and Art”
Thursday, February 1 - Saturday, February 3, 2007

This international conference coincided with the completion of a two-year project to create a digital catalogue for Orsini family papers in the Department of Special Collections in the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA. This Orsini collection constitutes a significant portion of the prominent family’s private archive, with documents dating from circa 1300 to 1950; the focus of the conference was on the early modern period.

The conference was organized by Guendalina Ajello (Orsini Archivist, Department of Special Collections, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library) who directed the project to facilitate access and use of the Orsini documents at UCLA. It was co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies, the UCLA Charles E. Young Library Department of Special Collections, and the UCLA Department of Italian. Additional information about the Orsini project at UCLA is in the project section of the CMRS website, and the complete program is posted on the Library website at http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/orsini/program.htm.

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Victoria Steele
Victora Steele (UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections) delivers welcoming remarks.

Carlo Ginzburg
Prof. Carlo Ginzburg (UCLA, History) delivers the keynote lecture, “Making Sense of the Chinese Rites Debate: Rome 1735, Los Angeles 2007.”

Carlo Ginzburg
Prof. Carlo Ginzburg speaking.

Elisabetta Mori
Elisabetta Mori (Archivio Storico Capitolino, Rome) offers welcoming comments.

Audience questions for Prof. Ginzburg.

Members of the Orsini family joined the conference.

Reception on the Royce hall loggia.

Reception on the Royce Hall loggia.

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