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Center for Renaissance Studies Programs


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The Center for Renaissance Studies works with an international consortium of universities in North America and Europe. It offers a wide range of scholarly programs and digital and print publications based in the Newberry collections, 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, D.C., 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.

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Upcoming Programs

Friday, October 4, 2019Friday, May 1, 2020
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Meeting four times over the year, this seminar aims to form an interdisciplinary community of graduate students in the early stages of writing their dissertations, with an eye toward examining
Thursday, January 16, 2020Thursday, April 2, 2020
Renaissance Graduate Programs
This seminar examines early modern European modes of knowledge-production by zeroing in on the idea of the “elemental.” From geometry to medicine and alchemy, almanacs and handbooks of prognostication to natural history (including colonial natural history), the Newberry’s collection includes books that deploy the notion of an “element” (and the “elemental” or even the “elementary”) in many diff
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Issued in 1614 for the express purpose of re-evangelizing the United Provinces, Franciscus Costerus, S.J.’s Het Nieu Testament onses Heeren Iesu Christi consists of a Dutch translation of the New Testament, supplemented by numerous marginal glosses referring to parallel scriptural texts from the Old and New Testaments, and by an extensive interpretative apparatus that underscores the s
Friday, April 24, 2020
Renaissance Graduate Programs
In conjunction with Professor Walter Melion’s lecture at the Newberry, “Meditating the Unbearable in a Customized Fifteenth-Century Prayerbook,” and a conference at Emory University, this workshop will explore the phenomenon of hybrid and composite books in the medieval and early modern periods.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
This event has been postponed. Anti-race, 1550–1760, Roxann Wheeler
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Paula Findlen and Joel Mokyr
The Newberry has been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19. To enable our community to follow the standards of social distancing mandated by public health officials, we are postponing this program. Please visit for more information and for regular updates regarding Newberry operations.
Friday, May 1, 2020
Premodern Studies Seminar
“I await the financial recovery of France”: Funding Archaeological Fieldwork in the Age of Enlightenment Jennifer Westerfeld, University of Louisville
Thursday, May 7, 2020Saturday, May 9, 2020
This international symposium explores questions of early modern matter by focusing on the four elements (earth, air, water, and fire) and their properties, combinations, and transformations.
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Milton Seminar
“Like Consort”: Raphael and Adam’s Other Self, Gregory Chaplin
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
A quintessential dark comedy, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is a genre-bending exploration of justice, mercy, morality, and corruption–and one of the Bard’s best-known “problem plays.” Join us for a theatrical reading of the play by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago in a performance directed by Erin Sloan.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Conversation with Susan Dackerman (Stanford University) and Pedro Raposo (Adler Planetarium)
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets starting April 1
During the Renaissance, the development of new scientific tools and their promotion through print media altered navigation, inspired exploration, and enabled European colonialism.
Friday, May 22, 2020
Seminar in European Art
Nothing is the Matter: Locating God in the Cosmic Void, Elina Gertsman
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Conversation with Jonathan Tavares (The Art Institute of Chicago) and Suzanne Karr Schmidt (Newberry Library)
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets starting May 1.
The development of gunpowder, stirrups, and new techniques for polishing armor changed the face of war in sixteenth-century Europe.
Thursday, June 18, 2020Saturday, June 20, 2020
The study and performance of early music (pre-1700) requires us to recreate and represent past musical practices through consulting a variety of sources available to us today. The theme of the conference seeks to encourage an interdisciplinary exploration of the ways in which we engage with these sources of and for early music and the degrees of mediation intrinsic to them.