Professor of History and Chair of Humanities Tim Kircher has been elected president of the American Boccaccio Association for a three-year term beginning July 1.
The first historian to hold the position, Tim oversees an international organization of about 200 scholars. The association was founded in 1974 to promote the study and teaching of the life, work and times of Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), the Florentine author and humanist, whose work has influenced countless writers and artists, including Geoffrey Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales), Christine de Pizan (The Book of the City of Ladies), William Shakespeare (All's Well that Ends Well) and more recently Woody Allen (From Rome with Love).
Boccaccio’s work has also been noted for its feminist outlook and its evenhanded assessment of the relations among Christians, Jews and Muslims in the premodern Mediterranean. Among its various activities, the association sponsors papers at conferences and organizes the publication of scholarly commentary.
Tim has been active in Boccaccio studies for over a decade, examining the Florentine’s writings in two books and numerous articles.