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, 2013 to Friday, August 9, 2013
NEH Programs - Renaissance
2013 NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers : 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, 2009 to Friday, July 31, 2009
NEH Programs - Renaissance
2009 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers : 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, 2005 to Friday, August 5, 2005
NEH Programs - Renaissance
2005 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers : Travel Writing, Skepticism, and Religious Belief in Renaissance Europe

Travel Writing, Skepticism, and Religious Belief in Renaissance Europe

Monday, July 14, 2003 to Friday, August 15, 2003
NEH Programs - Renaissance
2003 NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers : French Travel Writing from the Americas, 1500-1800

French Travel Writing from the Americas, 1500-1800

Monday, July 2, 2001 to Friday, August 3, 2001
NEH Programs - Renaissance
2001 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers : Revolution and Changing Identities in France, 1787-1799

Revolution and Changing Identities in France, 1787-1799

Monday, June 24, 1996 to Friday, August 2, 1996
NEH Programs - Renaissance
1996 NEH Summer Institute in the Spanish and Hispanic-American Archival Sciences

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, 1996 to Thursday, May 1, 1997
NEH Programs - Renaissance
1996-1997 NEH Interdisciplinary Programs: Teaching Gender in the Middle Ages and the 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
1995 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : 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
1995 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : 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
1994 NEH Interdisciplinary Seminar : 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
1993 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : 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
1993 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : 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
1993 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : 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
1993 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : Session 1: Kings, Courtiers, and Countrymen

Session 1: Kings, Courtiers, and Countrymen

Wednesday, November 28, 1990
NEH Programs - Renaissance
1990 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : 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
1990 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : Session 1: Acting Scripts, Performing Texts

Session 1: Acting Scripts, Performing Texts

Thursday, May 17, 1990
NEH Programs - Renaissance
1990 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : 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
1990 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : 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
1989 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research

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
1985 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : 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
1985 NEH Workshop in Bibliography and Interdisciplinary Research : Session 2: The Sources for Gifts: Archives and Fiction

Session 2: The Sources for Gifts: Archives and Fiction

Monday, March 29, 1982 to Monday, June 7, 1982
NEH Programs - Renaissance
1982 NEH Spring Seminar in the Archival Sciences

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 Manuscripts
W. Braxton Ross, University of Chicago

Tuesday, January 26, 1982 to Tuesday, May 4, 1982
NEH Programs - Renaissance
1982 NEH Seminar : Politics, Morality, and Religion in Early Modern Europe

Politics, Morality, and Religion in Early Modern Europe

Wednesday, April 15, 1981 to Friday, May 29, 1981
NEH Programs - Renaissance
1981 NEH Spring Seminar in the Latin and Italian Archival Sciences

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, 1981 to Thursday, May 21, 1981
NEH Programs - Renaissance
1981 NEH Seminar : Matrimony and Patrimony in Early Modern Europe

Matrimony and Patrimony in Early Modern Europe