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Announcing the Center for Renaissance Studies' new online calendar. We invite you to explore this calendar to learn about Center programming. The application is available through "Google Calendar" and can be accessed by clicking on this link.

The Newberry Library once again hosts the Mellon Institutes in Vernacular Paleography for 2013-2016. 2013: Spanish, French; 2014: English, Italian; 2015 Spanish, French; 2016 English, Italian.

For information, visit the Newberry webpage.

The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies

Please note that all programs require pre-registration through the Center for Renaissance Studies either by email or by phone at 312.255.3514. Click on the individual program links for detailed information. All programs are subject to change. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at The Newberry.

2014-2015 Calendar

Updates available here.

Fall 2014

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
Full; sign up for wait list

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
2014 Dissertation Seminar for Historians
The application deadline has passed.

This seminar will be devoted to creating a broad-based community of graduate students who are at the beginning stages of working on their dissertations in the late medieval, Renaissance, or early modern history of continental Europe, c. 1300-1700. The goal will be to provide comments and criticisms from a larger group of specialists than would be available on any single campus.


Friday, September 26, 2014 to Friday, December 5, 2014

Renaissance Graduate Programs
Edward Wheatley, Disability and Marginality in Medieval England and France
Full; sign up for wait list

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, October 10, 2014

Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History
2014-15 Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History  : Meanings of Justice in New World Empires: Settler and Indigenous Law as Counterpoints
Please register by 10 am Thursday, October 9

Understandings of justice differed among New World empires and among the settlers, imperial officials, and Indigenous peoples within each one. This conference will focus on the array of meanings of justice, their emergence and transformation, and the implications of adopting one or another definition.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Carolyn Steedman, “Nothing to say but itself”: Writing at the End of the Early Modern Era in England
Please register by 10 am Friday, October 17

I had finished working on one of the strangest texts I have ever encountered, Low- Life. Or, One Half of the World Know Not How the Other Half Live, with all the doubts it raises about representation, writing, and history as both of those things, when I found Michel Foucault on the topic of writing itself.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Brief History of a Type Face: From Venice in 1470 to Our Own Time: An Italian Cultural Institute / Italian Language Week Lecture  

The design of type in the twentieth century was largely a matter of historical revivals or revolts against historical models, so it raises all kinds of historiographical issues as well as aesthetic ones. 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Renaissance Graduate Programs
October 2014 Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students  : Word and Image in the Renaissance
Application deadline: September 22

“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.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: King Lear
No reservations or tickets required
Directed by Peter Garino


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Milton Seminar
Daniel Shore: Milton, Search, and the History of Style  

Please register by 10 am Friday, November 14

Though scholarship on style has been quick to take advantage of the increased sophistication, power, and scope of current quantitative methods, it has neglected the potential of another seemingly more rudimentary digital tool. Search, Professor Shore argues, can transform the way we investigate and understand the history of style.


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.


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  

CFP deadline: October 15

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 Lecture
Renaissance Print Culture: An Aldine Quincentennial Symposium  

Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, February 6
The scholar Leonard R. N.


Friday, February 27, 2015 to Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
Weekend Workshop in Spanish Paleography
Application deadline: October 15

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

Other Renaissance Programs
Symposium on Latin America in the Early Colonial Period
Call for papers deadline: September 15

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.

Learn more about the keynote speaker: Laura E Matthew, Marquette University.


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  
Please register by 10 am Friday, May 8

A paper title and description will be added later. Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar. Learn more about the speaker: Noel Sugimura, Georgetown University.

For detailed information about these events, and to register to attend, visit

Faculty and graduate students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend these programs or do to research at the Newberry (

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