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  • 2019 Dan S. Collins Lecture

    Paul Yachnin
    Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies
    McGill University

    April 23 • 4:30 PM • Old Chapel

    Reception to follow.

    2019 Dan S. Collins Lecture

    Paul Yachnin
    Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies
    McGill University

    April 23 • 4:30 PM • Old Chapel

    Reception to follow.

  • Five College Seminar in Book History

    Polina Barskova
    Hampshire College
    Russian Literature

    April 18 • 4:00 PM 

    Five College Seminar in Book History

    Polina Barskova
    Hampshire College
    Russian Literature

    April 18 • 4:00 PM 

  • Keynote: Ann Tlusty

    Professor of History
    Bucknell University

    Martial Ethics

    April 27 • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Keynote: Ann Tlusty

    Professor of History
    Bucknell University

    Martial Ethics

    April 27 • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • AMERICAN MOOR

    'Shakespeare, Race, and America . . .

    not necessarily in that order'

    A live performance, Actors Studio,
    Keynote Address, and on-campus residency
    November 7th - 14th, 2018

    AMERICAN MOOR

    'Shakespeare, Race, and America . . .

    not necessarily in that order'

    A live performance, Actors Studio,
    Keynote Address, and on-campus residency
    November 7th - 14th, 2018

  • The Refinery

    Liz Fox (UMass) & Stephen Spiess (Babson College)

    A forum for advanced graduate students to share work-in-progress with an invited scholar whose work is currently shaping their thinking

    February 1 • 4:00-5:30 PM

    The Refinery

    Liz Fox (UMass) & Stephen Spiess (Babson College)

    A forum for advanced graduate students to share work-in-progress with an invited scholar whose work is currently shaping their thinking

    February 1 • 4:00-5:30 PM

  • KIM F. HALL

    Lucyle Hook Professor of English
    and Professor of Africana Studies
    — Barnard College, Columbia University

    'Othello Was My Grandfather': Shakespeare and Race in the African Diaspora

    November 10 • 1:00 PM

    KIM F. HALL

    Lucyle Hook Professor of English
    and Professor of Africana Studies
    — Barnard College, Columbia University

    'Othello Was My Grandfather': Shakespeare and Race in the African Diaspora

    November 10 • 1:00 PM

News

Successful Renaissance Festival 2018

May 30, 2018

On Sunday, May 6th over 1200 visitors attended the annual Renaissance Festival at the Center. Visitors watched weaponry demonstrations by Phoenix Swords, the Heavy Combatants, and the Tudor Bowman....

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The Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies is space designated for the study of the Renaissance and premodern periods. The Center contributes to the fields of Renaissance and premodern studies through research, teaching, and outreach to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, the Amherst community, and beyond. At the Center are manuscripts, rare books, archives, and monographs; sponsored lectures, seminars, conferences, community classes, theater, and concerts; visiting professors, post-doctoral scholars, and visiting researchers.

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A current graduate student stands reading his paper to others on the panel who sit around a table at the Center.

Graduate Conferences at the Center occur annually and are run by our current MA and Ph.D. candidates. The conference often draws first-time presenters and has occasionally resulted in presenters applying to and joining the UMass English Ph.D. program, as our own graduate student, Sharanya Shridhar, can attest. Sharanya joined us from Boise State University in Idaho after completing her Master's. She first encountered the Center through her presentation at the 2015 13th Annual Graduate Renaissance Conference. As the conference enters its 17th year, look out for the CFP and announcement of panels.

More on Graduate Conferences

The Folger Institute is a center for research in early modern humanities at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Center is a member of the Folger Institute Consortium, a collaborative endeavor involving 40 leading colleges and universities. Our students receive special consideration in competitive application review, are eligible to request grants-in-aid for travel and lodging, and, if admitted, have registration fees automatically waived. Additionally, our students at the dissertation stage have eligibility for admission to an annual dissertation seminar led by leading researchers in the field.

More on the Folger Institute Consortium