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    All programs and events at the Center are suspended through the end of the semester. If you have questions or inquiries, please write to: renaissance@english.umass.edu

    Please check back here for updates regarding our summer programs.

    UMass Campus

     

    All programs and events at the Center are suspended through the end of the semester. If you have questions or inquiries, please write to: renaissance@english.umass.edu

    Please check back here for updates regarding our summer programs.

  • Tasso and Music Symposium & Concerts - Now Online

     

    April 17-19

    This virtual event is sponsored by the Department of Music and Dance, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Italian Studies), the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies.

    Tasso and Music Symposium & Concerts - Now Online

     

    April 17-19

    This virtual event is sponsored by the Department of Music and Dance, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Italian Studies), the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies.

  • Digging the Past

     

    2020-2021 Winner
    Sustainability, Innovation, and Engagement Fund Grant

    Digging the Past

     

    2020-2021 Winner
    Sustainability, Innovation, and Engagement Fund Grant

  • Community Shakespeare

     

    2019-2020 Winner
    Mass Humanities Award

    This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

    Community Shakespeare

     

    2019-2020 Winner
    Mass Humanities Award

    This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Amer-Asia: Object Lessons in Early Modern Connectivity

     

    Keynote:     Liz Horodowich (History, New Mexico State University)

    Speakers:   Ximena Gómez (History of Art and Architecture, UMass) 
                       Siyu Shen (History of Art and Architecture, UMass) 
                       George Qiao (Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst)

    February 27th | 4:30 pm

    Amer-Asia: Object Lessons in Early Modern Connectivity

     

    Keynote:     Liz Horodowich (History, New Mexico State University)

    Speakers:   Ximena Gómez (History of Art and Architecture, UMass) 
                       Siyu Shen (History of Art and Architecture, UMass) 
                       George Qiao (Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst)

    February 27th | 4:30 pm

  • Looking Beyond the Written Document: Autoarchaeology at Christiansborg Castle (Ghana)

     

    Rachel Engmann (African Studies, Hampshire College)

    April 9 | 4:00 p.m.

    A Five College Seminar in Book History

    Looking Beyond the Written Document: Autoarchaeology at Christiansborg Castle (Ghana)

     

    Rachel Engmann (African Studies, Hampshire College)

    April 9 | 4:00 p.m.

    A Five College Seminar in Book History

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 Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies advances fresh research in the early modern humanities. Our mission is to develop and promote multicultural, diverse, relevant, and timely programming that fosters the best of interdisciplinary engagement in the humanities. Both a research center and library, the Center is home to manuscripts, rare books, and monographs, sponsored lectures, seminars, conferences, community classes, theater, and concerts. Visiting professors, post-doctoral scholars, artists-in-residence, and researchers enrich the global network of our community.

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Join us for an episode of our podcast Foraging Shakespeare as host, Jennifer Thornton, traces evidence of Shakespeare amidst the artistic and agricultural communities that thrive in our own Pioneer Valley. Jennifer speaks with theater directors, writers, scholars, students, gardeners, and invited artisans to discover the surprising ways in which our creations today find their roots in the Renaissance.

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The Folger Institute is a center for advanced research in early modern humanities at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Center is a member of the Folger Institute Consortium, a collaborative endeavor involving over 40 leading colleges and universities.

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