Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

Pentecost

Pentecost. Case MS 185, f. 10

The Center for Renaissance Studies works with an international consortium of universities in North America and the United Kingdom. It offers a wide range of scholarly programs and digital and print publications based in the Newberry collection, and provides a locus for a community of scholars who come from all over the world to use the library’s early manuscripts, printed books, and other materials.

Faculty and graduate students from consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants to travel to the Newberry to attend programs or do research.

Through our reciprocal arrangement with the Folger Institute in Washington, DC, which also works with a consortium of universities, Institute seminar fees are waived for faculty and graduate students at Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies schools upon acceptance of application, in accordance with Folger policy and our agreement. Participants may be eligible to apply to their home institution to use Newberry consortium funds to travel to the Folger for programs or research, with authorization from their school’s Newberry committee.

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Upcoming Programs

Friday, September 18, 2015Friday, December 11, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
The application deadline has passed
This seminar aims to create a broad-based community of graduate students at the beginning stages of work on their dissertations in early modern literature, c.1500 to 1800.
Thursday, September 24, 2015Thursday, December 3, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Ten-week graduate seminar
Apply for one of four spots remaining.
This seminar will explore the theory and practice of political poetry during the long twelfth century.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Medieval Studies Program
2015-16 Medieval Studies Symposium
Please register to attend by 10 am Thursday, September 24
This symposium will bring together scholars from complementary disciplinary perspectives who are revolutionizing the ways we think about what medieval drama is and its wider contexts. A staged reading of a twelfth-century Latin comedy, followed by discussion, will showcase the pedagogical uses of medieval drama in the classroom during the Middle Ages and today.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Other Renaissance Programs
By invitation only
Annual meeting for the faculty representatives of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions. A full schedule will be added later. We invite those who can arrive a day early to attend our Symposium on New Approaches to Medieval Drama on Friday, September 25.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: September 10
This workshop will focus on approaches to Don Quixote and implications for the study of narrative in general.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, October 16
How did theatrical performance work to stage larger English encounters with alterity in far-flung colonial sites? Professor Wilson will examine that question from the point of view of colonial residents of Sumatra and Saint Helena, who used English theatrical and social performances to reflect upon their own presence and status as agents of British modernity.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: September 10
This workshop will examine the transition from the manuscript to the printed book, focusing in particular on the period 1300-1650 in England.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Other Renaissance Programs
“They are all fire, and every one doth shine.” At what cost comes absolute power and who pays the price? Love and loyalty do battle, both real and rhetorically, with conspiracy and tyranny in Shakespeare’s masterpiece of political intrigue. Join us for this feast of language and persuasion. Founding member Stephen Spencer directs.
Thursday, October 29, 2015Friday, October 30, 2015
History of the Book Program
A History of the Book Symposium
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, October 29
This two-part symposium consists of two lectures at Northwestern University on Thursday, followed by a day-long History of the Book program at the Newberry Library on Friday. The events are designed to encourage participation by a broad audience of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, local scholars, and the interested general public.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: September 10
Students pursuing the study of European culture during the Middle Ages often assume that their serious research will have to take place in European archives.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Milton Seminar
Please register by 10 am Friday, November 20
Could Milton’s decision to use biblical rather than Arthurian materials for his national epic have been politically motivated? Can Paradise Lost be read as a response to the charge that he and other proponents of popular sovereignty rely on pagan, Graeco-Roman authors?
Friday, January 15, 2016Friday, March 18, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Ten-week graduate seminar
Early application deadline: December 1, 2015
This seminar asks how it might change the study of early modern Europe’s material culture to organize our thinking around one particular type of matter: stone. Using theoretical reference points associated with the “new materialism” and ecocriticism, we will try to think from (or around) the position of stone, stones, and stoniness in a series of different ways:
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Other Renaissance Programs
“What’s gone and what’s past help should be past grief.”
Thursday, January 28, 2016Saturday, January 30, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Call for Papers deadline: October 15
The Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for emerging scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies.
Friday, February 26, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: December 1
One recent approach to research on Dante emphasizes the use of poetry as a vehicle of religious discourse and even of theological revelation. Dante has a paradigmatic value for this topic that has widely influenced study throughout numerous subfields of literature and religion, intensely engaging a considerable variety of medieval and Renaissance writers—mystics and humanists alike.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Dante Lecture
Please register by 10 am Friday, February 26, 2016
Philosophers typically attribute the foundation of modern thought to René Descartes, who in his Discours de la méthode (1637) extensively deploys metaphors of “founding” for his theory of how the edifice of knowledge is regrounded on the clear and distinct certainty of the cogito: “I think, therefore I am.” Cultural historians sometimes locate a remoter starting point for mode
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Other Renaissance Programs
“How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature!” Filled with intrigue and romance, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline introduces an evil queen, an innocent young princess, an upstanding young man, a conniving villain, and the titular king into the fantastical world of this twist-filled tale. Jeff Christian directs.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: December 1
In an influential article from 2004, Ken Jackson and Arthur Marotti heralded the turn to religion in early modern studies, a movement that has largely involved reading early modern literature through the lens of Continental philosophy. Yet well before this development, scholarship on early modern Englishwomen’s writing had already undergone its own turn to religion.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, March 18, 2015
A paper description will be added later. This will be a precirculated paper for discussion at the seminar. A reception will follow the seminar. Learn more about the speaker: Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Thursday, April 14, 2016Friday, April 15, 2016
Cervantes Symposium
Please register to attend by 10 am Wednesday, April 13, 2016
April 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the deaths of the two towering writers of the Renaissance: Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare. This year’s symposium will consider both authors. Speakers and program details will be added soon.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Other Renaissance Programs
“This is our wedding day. We haven’t even had our wedding dinner and he’s gone off with Susana to Assisi for the afternoon? What does it mean?”
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Milton Seminar
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, May 13, 2016
A paper title and description will be added later. The paper will be precirculated to those who register, for discussion at the seminar. Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar. Learn more about the speaker: Timothy Harrison, University of Chicago
Monday, June 13, 2016Friday, July 1, 2016
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
at the Newberry Library
Application deadline: March 1, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Milton Seminar
Please register by 10 am Friday, October 7, 2016
A paper title and description will be added later. The paper will be precirculated to those who register, for discussion at the seminar. Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar. Learn more about the speaker: Kathy Lavezzo, University of Iowa