The Center for Renaissance Studies has mounted lectures, seminars, workshops, symposia, and conferences on a wide variety of topics in medieval history, literature, and culture since its founding in 1979, featuring top scholars in the field from throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
Many of these programs have been grounded in the Newberry’s collection of medieval European codices, documents, charters, and fragments. Genres represented include Bibles, a variety of liturgical books for mass and office, books of hours, prayers and sermons, cartularies, genealogies, texts in music, medicine, and science, and works by classical, patristic, and humanistic authors. For more about the collection see European Manuscripts, Pre-1500.
Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, we plan to host a biennial full-day Medieval Studies Symposium, with a different cross-disciplinary theme each time.