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 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, January 9, 2015 to Friday, March 13, 2015
Graduate Seminar
Jonathan Lyon, Lives and Deeds: Writing Biography in the Middle Ages : Ten-week graduate seminar

This seminar will focus on a pair of common genres of literature in the Middle Ages, “lives” (vitae) and “deeds” (gestae), in order to introduce students to medieval biographical writing.

Saturday, February 7, 2015
History of the Book Program
Renaissance Print Culture: An Aldine Quincentennial Symposium
Please register by 10 am Friday, February 6

The scholar Leonard R. N.

Friday, February 13, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Word and Image in the Renaissance : Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
The application deadline has passed

“All media are mixed media,” claims theorist W. J. T. Mitchell. This workshop will examine several key issues in the long history of “mixed” media by focusing on interrelations between text and image in Renaissance Europe. We will give particular attention to broadsides, pamphlets, frontispieces, emblem books, maps, atlases, and other items from the Newberry Library collections.

Friday, February 27, 2015 to Saturday, February 28, 2015
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
Weekend Workshop in Spanish Paleography
The application deadline has passed.

This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to reading and transcribing documents written in Spain and Spanish America from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. Although the course sessions will be taught primarily in English, all of the documents will be in Spanish.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Macbeth
No reservations or tickets required

Directed by David Skidmore

Friday, March 6, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Introduction to Medieval Studies at the Newberry : Research Methods Workshop for Early Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: January 31, 2015

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.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Dante Lecture
Arielle Saiber, The Rainbow Fire-Breathing Topology and Combinatorics of Dante’s Trinity
Please register by 10 am Thursday, March 19

2015 will mark the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri in 1265, and the 31st year since the first Lectura Dantis Newberrania.

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Early Modern Studies Program
Symposium on Latin America in the Early Colonial Period
Please register by 10 am Friday, April 10

This symposium aims to explore the complexities of Latin America during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, grappling with the multiple perspectives of the many Indigenous and European cultures involved in this time of contact and conflict.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: The Revenger's Tragedy, by Thomas Middleton
No reservations or tickets required

Directed by Peter Garino

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Pannill Camp, Masonic Ritual as Philosophy in Early Eighteenth-Century France
Please register by 10 am Friday, April 24

The story of Freemasonry’s introduction into France in the early decades of the eighteenth century is also in part the story of Enlightenment philosophy’s reliance on performance activity. Radical philosophy and freethinking did not subsist only in the circulation of printed texts.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Milton Seminar
Noel Sugimura: Devilish Beauty and the Aesthetics of the Fall in Paradise Lost
Please register by 10 am Friday, May 8
Monday, June 22, 2015 to Thursday, July 16, 2015
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography
Application deadline: March 1, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015 to Thursday, December 3, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Mary Franklin-Brown, Poetry, Politics, and Community in High Medieval France : Ten-week graduate seminar
Early application deadline: May 15, 2015

This seminar will explore the theory and practice of political poetry during the long twelfth century.

Friday, October 16, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Don Quixote and Theory, Renaissance and Contemporary : 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 24, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
From Manuscript to Print: Evolution or Revolution? : 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, November 7, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Introduction to Medieval Studies at the Newberry : 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
Mary Nyquist
Please register by 10 am Friday, November 20

The paper title and description will be added later.

Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Mary Nyquist, University of Toronto.

Friday, January 15, 2016 to Friday, March 18, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Rebecca Zorach, Thinking with Stones : 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:

Friday, February 26, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Poetry as Theology: New Theoretical Approaches to Dante : 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
William Franke, The Apotheosis of Self-Reflection: Dante and the Inauguration of the Modern Era
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...

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
The Turn to Religion: Women and Writing in Early Modern England : 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.

Monday, June 13, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
2016 Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography : at the Newberry Library
Application deadline: March 1, 2016