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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Better Living Through Alchemy: Private Lives and Alchemical
Pursuits in a Tuscan Village and Colonial America
Bruce Moran, University of Nevada, Reno
The talk explores the broad meaning of alchemy in the early modern era
and focuses upon its place in the private lives of two early 17th figures.
The first is a Tuscan potter, Dionigi Marmi, who is held responsible
for a murder and attempts to rebuild his life, in part, by learning
practical alchemy. The second is a graduate of Harvard College,
George Starkey, who leads a double life by creating an alter ego as
an alchemical adept.
Bruce Moran is a recent arrival in Waltham, and at present is splitting
his time between Massachusetts and Nevada. In semi retirement,
he teaches in the history department at the University of Nevada, Reno
(completing a career there of more than 40 years) while continuing research
in the history of science and early medicine as a visiting fellow at