ZACHARY SAYRE SCHIFFMAN is the author of The Birth of the Past (Johns Hopkins, 2011) and On the Threshold of Modernity: Relativism in the French Renaissance (Johns Hopkins, 1991). He is co-author of Information Ages: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Computer Revolution (Johns Hopkins, 1998) and editor of Humanism and the Renaissance (Houghton Mifflin, 2002). He has published numerous articles on early modern history and historiography. In addition to his graduate training in history at the University of Chicago, Schiffman has been an Exxon Fellow at the Newberry Library and a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. At Northeastern he offers courses in his specialty of Renaissance and Reformation history, as well as in ancient Greek and Roman history.