Graduate Seminars

Jacques LeGrand, Le livre de bonnes moeurs, before 1478. Vault Case MS 55.5
Jacques LeGrand, Le livre de bonnes moeurs, before 1478. Vault Case MS 55.5

Students may take these ten-week seminars on a not-for-credit basis or arrange to earn credit at their home campuses. When space permits, consortium faculty members are encouraged to audit Newberry seminars, and graduate students from non-consortium schools may also enroll. The course fee is waived for consortium students.

Seminars are taught by consortium scholars in their fields of specialization. Participants interact with fellow students from a variety of institutions and disciplines, while gaining a firsthand introduction to the Newberry’s holdings of manuscripts and early editions in its areas of strength.

Note: Graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium member universities may be eligible to apply for Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

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Past Graduate Seminars

Upcoming Programs

Thursday, September 25, 2014 to Thursday, December 4, 2014
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Daisy Delogu, How to Read "contraires choses": Encounters with the Roman de la Rose
Application deadline: May 15

The mid-thirteenth-century Roman de la Rose was arguably the single most influential vernacular text of the (French) Middle Ages.

Friday, September 26, 2014 to Friday, December 5, 2014
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Edward Wheatley, Disability and Marginality in Medieval England and France
Application deadline: May 15

This course will focus on disabled bodies and the cultural forces that acted upon them, as represented in a variety of types of early Christian and medieval texts in Latin, French, and English. We will devote special attention to blindness because of its strong metaphorical associations in medieval Christian discourse.

Friday, January 9, 2015 to Friday, March 13, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Jonathan Lyon, Lives and Deeds: Writing Biography in the Middle Ages
Application deadline: November 3

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.