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Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Studies is a multi-disciplinary program for faculty and graduate students who work on Renaissance and early modern materials from the 14th to the 17th century. The mission of the program is to foster dialogue and collaboration across disciplines, languages and traditions. Renaissance Studies organizes a vast range of events, including conferences, lecture series, symposia and roundtables. A Ph.D. minor or an area certificate in Renaissance Studies provides the multi-disciplinary education necessary to equip students for research on Renaissance and early modern topics, drawing on a wide selection of courses with a Renaissance / early modern focus.

New Renaissance Studies Blog

As a new feature of the Renaissance Studies website, the 2016-17 Renaissance Studies Graduate Fellow Rowena Galavitz will write a series of blog posts, titled “Renaissance Perspectives.” The second post in the series, “Under Your Nose: Renaissance Archival Material in the Transatlantic World,” is available now.

Upcoming Events

  • Finding the Gems: Approaches to Rare Books and Manuscript Libraries in the Midwest
    Friday, February 24, 3-5pm
    The Lilly Library

    Please join us for a hands-on workshop for faculty and grad students with key specialists from three Mid-Western rare books libraries with strong collections in Renaissance / early modern materials: Lia Markey, Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago; Travis McDade, Interim Head of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Joel Silver, Director & Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, The Lilly Library, Indiana University Bloomington.
  • Why Utopia?
    Roundtable co-organized with MEST. Friday, March 24, 4pm
  • Renaissance Studies NOW
    Two roundtables, teaching and research. Friday, April 21, 11am and 4pm