This spring we continue our immersion in the world of the Dutch Republic between 1568 and 1700 — a period of unprecedented cultural, artistic, and scientific achievement — and explore the ways in which the world it created both resembles and differs from our own. We’ll introduce painters from Vermeer to Frans Hals to Judith Leyster, revolutionary thinkers from Erasmus to Spinoza, scientists from Descartes to van Leeuwenhoek. We’ll explore the intersection of the visual arts, science, and global exploration; the works of diarists, poets, and dramatists; and the role of publishing and bookselling. We’ll focus, too, on the Dutch West India Company in North and South America and examine the legacy of the Dutch slave trade. Utilizing a combination of video resources, presentations, and discussion, this study group depends on the willingness of members to research and present topics drawn from the class syllabus. Close reading and discussion of both primary and secondary sources is expected from all study group members. Use of Canvas is required. Note: This study group meets for 12 weeks, starting 03/03/20.