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Honors Forum Presents: Nick Wilding

British-born American historian and nationally-recognized exposer of forgery Nick Wilding is the featured speaker for the University Honors Program Forum on February 6.

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By Meghan Teten

All students, staff and faculty are welcome (even if you are not enrolled in Forum this semester) to join the University Honors Program (UHP) as it hosts British-born American Historian, Nick Wilding on Monday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. in Witherspoon Student Cinema.

The most iconic Galileo manuscript in America has been in the University of Michigan’s Special Collections for nearly a century. It depicts the telescopic discovery of the moons of Jupiter, a revolutionary moment in the history of astronomy and consciousness. New analyses show that the manuscript is, in fact, a fake! UHP invites you to join its next forum guest speaker, professor Nick Wilding, as he takes us through the process of de-authenticating a forged icon.

Wilding studied English at New College, Oxford. After graduating with his B.A. with highest honors in 1992, he completed a master of arts program in 1993 at the University of Warwick with a thesis on Renaissance. Subsequently, he conducted research at the European University Institute, and in 2000 and received his Ph.D. with a dissertation on natural philosophy and communication in early modern Europe.

Wilding carried out postdoctoral research at Stanford University and at the University of Cambridge. He spent time at Columbia University and the University of Miami, and since 2007 has been a professor and the associate head of history at Georgia State University.

You can learn more about Wilding by visiting his faculty page at