UMass Amherst to Dedicate Renaissance Center to Longtime Professor and Benefactor Arthur F. Kinney

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DATE: Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

TIME: 4 p.m.                                                      

WHERE: 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be dedicated in honor of its founding director, Arthur F. Kinney, professor emeritus of English, whose collection of more than 12,000 manuscripts, rare books, maps and other materials is the cornerstone of its library.

The renaming of the facility to the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, which was recommended by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, was approved by the university’s board of trustees on July 17.

Kinney, who retired last year as the Thomas P. Copeland Professor of Literary History, was a faculty member in the English department for 50 years.

Since the opening of the center in 1998, Kinney worked with UMass Extension to design and install a “pottage” or traditional kitchen garden that contains authentic heirloom plants. He also oversaw the development of regular concerts, theatrical performances, community classes and reading groups, and the center is home to an annual Renaissance festival, which attracts visitors from across New England and beyond.