NEH-Funded Programs

Since 1981, the Center for Renaissance Studies has hosted multiple workshops, seminars, and institutes on interdisciplinary themes in the early modern period, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Notable past NEH programs include a series of workshops on Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research and another series on Gender Studies in the early modern period.

From 2001 to the present the Center for Renaissance Studies has hosted several NEH-funded summer programs. Led by experts in fields such as history, music, and literature, these programs bring college and university instructors from across the nation together for lectures and discussions that address the intersection of major themes and topics in early modern studies in Europe and the Americas. Past programs have looked at the connections between revolution and identity, between travel writing and religion, and between music books and the social history of performance. The programs also provide the participants with an opportunity to engage with the rare source materials available in the Newberry’s collections.

Upcoming Program

There are currently no upcoming NEH-funded programs sponsored by the Center for Renaissance Studies.

Past Programs

Monday, July 15, 2013Friday, August 9, 2013
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Music and Travel in Europe and the Americas, 1500-1800
In this interdisciplinary summer institute our goal will be to listen—literally and metaphorically—to travel. College and university teachers from across the nation will come together to explore the intersections between the history of travel and the history of music in early modern Europe and the colonial Americas.
Monday, July 6, 2009Friday, July 31, 2009
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Music Books in Early Modern Europe: Materiality, Performance, and Social Expression
Music Books in Early Modern Europe: Materiality, Performance, and Social Expression
Monday, July 11, 2005Friday, August 5, 2005
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Travel Writing, Skepticism, and Religious Belief in Renaissance Europe
Travel Writing, Skepticism, and Religious Belief in Renaissance Europe
Monday, July 14, 2003Friday, August 15, 2003
NEH Programs - Renaissance
French Travel Writing from the Americas, 1500-1800
French Travel Writing from the Americas, 1500-1800
Monday, July 2, 2001Friday, August 3, 2001
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Revolution and Changing Identities in France, 1787-1799
Revolution and Changing Identities in France, 1787-1799
Monday, June 24, 1996Friday, August 2, 1996
NEH Programs - Renaissance
This six-week institute provided intensive training in the reading and editing of Spanish and Hispanic-American manuscript books and documents from the late medieval through the early modern periods. It also offered a thorough orientation to the archives, libraries, and manuscript collections available for work in Spanish and Hispanic-American studies. Twenty-five scholars participated.
Monday, February 12, 1996Thursday, May 1, 1997
NEH Programs - Renaissance
While the field of gender studies is now established and burgeoning, the knowledge it produces is new and demands a re-evaluation of past accounts of cultural history. Many new insights, texts, and documents remain unknown to college and university professors throughout the country who would like to introduce gender studies into their classrooms.
Saturday, April 8, 1995
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Session 2: How to Create Castes in a Casteless Society: Lordship, Castes, and Society through Some Pyrenean Archives, 16th Centuries
Session 2: How to Create Castes in a Casteless Society: Lordship, Castes, and Society through Some Pyrenean Archives, 16th Centuries
Friday, April 7, 1995
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Session 1: The Religious Roots of the Social Notions of Privilege, Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries
Session 1: The Religious Roots of the Social Notions of Privilege, Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries
Friday, October 14, 1994
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Republicanism and Literacy Culture in Mid-Seventeenth-Century England
Republicanism and Literacy Culture in Mid-Seventeenth-Century England
Saturday, October 23, 1993
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Classicism and Absolutism in the Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century French Book. Session 2: The Illustration of Texts.
Classicism and Absolutism in the Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century French Book. Session 2: The Illustration of Texts.
Friday, October 22, 1993
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Classicism and Absolutism in the Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century French Book. Session 1: The Presentation of Texts.
Classicism and Absolutism in the Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century French Book. Session 1: The Presentation of Texts.
Friday, March 19, 1993
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Session 2: Women as the Root of All Evil
Session 2: Women as the Root of All Evil
Thursday, March 18, 1993
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Session 1: Kings, Courtiers, and Countrymen
Session 1: Kings, Courtiers, and Countrymen
Wednesday, November 28, 1990
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Session 2: How to Tell Editors from Actors and Verse from Prose
Session 2: How to Tell Editors from Actors and Verse from Prose
Tuesday, November 27, 1990
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Session 1: Acting Scripts, Performing Texts
Session 1: Acting Scripts, Performing Texts
Thursday, May 17, 1990
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Session 2: Cultural Geography: Landscapes and Freedom in Western Art and Ideology
Session 2: Cultural Geography: Landscapes and Freedom in Western Art and Ideology
Wednesday, May 16, 1990
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Session 1: Perishable Commodities: Value and Craft in Dutch Still-Life Painting
Session 1: Perishable Commodities: Value and Craft in Dutch Still-Life Painting
Monday, April 10, 1989
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Learn more about the workshop leader: Keith Thomas, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, now emeritus Learn more about Center for Renaissance Studies programs.
Monday, December 2, 1985
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Session 1: From Alms to Bribes: The Gift in Sixteenth-Century France
Session 1: From Alms to Bribes: The Gift in Sixteenth-Century France
Monday, December 2, 1985
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Session 2: The Sources for Gifts: Archives and Fiction
Session 2: The Sources for Gifts: Archives and Fiction
Monday, March 29, 1982Monday, June 7, 1982
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Participants became familiar with the techniques of transcribing, identifying, and dating manuscripts of the late medieval and early modern periods. Adjunct lectures Scribal Practices in Twelfth-Century Continental ManuscriptsW. Braxton Ross, University of Chicago
Tuesday, January 26, 1982Tuesday, May 4, 1982
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Politics, Morality, and Religion in Early Modern Europe
Politics, Morality, and Religion in Early Modern Europe
Wednesday, April 15, 1981Friday, May 29, 1981
NEH Programs - Renaissance
In addition to teaching methods of reading and transcribing Latin and vernacular documents of Italian origin, Professor Billanovich provided an introductory bibliographical orientations to the collections housed in major Italian libraries and archives.
Tuesday, January 20, 1981Thursday, May 21, 1981
NEH Programs - Renaissance
Matrimony and Patrimony in Early Modern Europe
Matrimony and Patrimony in Early Modern Europe