About Eugene

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I met Eugene Rice when I was in Cornell University. He has three children and was married for 30 years. William R. Shepherd Professor of History Emeritus Eugene F. Rice Jr. is a specialist in Renaissance Europe. Rice began teaching history at Columbia in 1964. He served as chairman of the department from 1970 to 1973 and chairman of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities from 1984 to 1988. Since the 1960s Professor Rice has been a mainstay of the Contemporary Civilization course, which he has also chaired.

Rice's works include The Renaissance Idea of Wisdom (Harvard 1958), The Foundations of Early Modern Europe, 1460-1559" (Norton 1970) and Saint Jerome in the Renaissance(Johns Hopkins 1985). He also edited The Prefatory Epistles of Jacques Lefevre d'Etaples and Related Texts (Columbia 1972).

He received the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates in 1984. He also taught at Cornell University for 9 years, leaving in 1964. He served one year as president of the American Historical Association. The lectures in his Renaissance course were the best I've heard at any university, second to Mommsen's, all of which were better than I've had at Princeton, in both undergraduate and graduate years. By early 2012 he had virtually finished what promises to become a most erudite book, A History of Homosexuality in Europe, Ancient Israel and Greece to the French Revolution. Like many others I'm eagerly waiting for its arrival.

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