Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

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Pentecost. Case MS 185, f. 10

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
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Jonathan Lyon, Lives and Deeds: Writing Biography in the Middle Ages
The application deadline has passed; sign up for the wait list.

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, January 17, 2015
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: 50-Minute Hamlet & 50-Minute Romeo and Juliet
No reservations or tickets required

Adapted by Barbara Zahora, Michelle Shupe and Peter Garino

Directed by Barbara Zahora

Thursday, January 22, 2015 to Saturday, January 24, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
2015 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Register to attend by January 11 for early registration fees

The Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for emerging scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies.

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
February 2016 Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students : Word and Image in the Renaissance
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
March 2015 Research Methods Workshop for Early Career Graduate Students : Introduction to Medieval Studies at the Newberry
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
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...