Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration, 1979-2009 | Newberry

Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration, 1979-2009

Edward Muir, Northwestern University

Edward Muir, Northwestern University

Mary Beth Rose, University of Illinois at Chicago

Friday, September 25, 2009
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Early Modern Studies Program

The Center for Renaissance Studies was established in 1979 as a consortium of five Chicago-area universities, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.Thirty years later the consortium has grown to fifty member institutions. The aims of the Center are to integrate the resources of the Newberry Library into the educational process and to make available scholarly programs that are not feasible for individual institutions to mount alone.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

David Spadafora, President, The Newberry Library
Carla Zecher, Director, Center for Renaissance Studies


“People Who Believe in Nothing”: Intolerable Thoughts in Late Renaissance Italy
Edward Muir, Northwestern University

How I Became a Scholar at the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies
Mary Beth Rose, University of Illinois at Chicago

Closing Remarks

James R. Grossman, Vice President for Research and Education, The Newberry Library


Directors of the Center for Renaissance Studies

John Tedeschi, Founding Director, 1979–1984
Mary Beth Rose, Acting Director, 1984–1985, Director, 1985–1997
Clark Hulse, Interim Director, 1986 and 1995
Raymond Clemens, Acting Director, 1997–1999
Carla Zecher, Director, 1999–present

Past Center Highlights


  • Summer institutes in English, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish paleography and archival sciences
  • NEH summer seminars and institutes on such topics as early modern music books, travel writing and religious belief, and the French Revolution
  • More than forty conferences on topics ranging from chivalry to legal manuscripts to the courtesans’ arts to the Atlantic world
  • Interdisciplinary workshop series such as “Teaching Gender in the Middle Ages and Renaissance” and “Music as a Cultural Institution in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance”

Editions of Newberry Manuscripts

  • Regards sur le monde atlantique (Québec, 2008), ed. Carla Zecher, Gordon Sayre, and Shannon Dawdy
  • The Second Part of the Countess of Montgomery’s Urania, by Lady Mary Wroth (Tempe, 1999), ed. Josephine Roberts, Suzanne Gossett, and Janel Mueller


  • Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend, 2003–2004
  • Renaissance Dante in Print (1472-1629), 1994

Learn more about Center for Renaissance Studies programs.