The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies is an internationally leading center for the study of the culture and achievements of the Renaissance period (1400-1700). The Center contributes to the field of Renaissance studies through research, teaching, and outreach to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, the Amherst community, and beyond.

Home to the scholarly journals English Literary Renaissance and The Sidney Journal, as well as the book series Massachusetts Studies in Early Modern Culture, the Center is a lively scholarly community with a rich program of lectures, seminars, and conferences along with graduate and undergraduate classes and programs for the wider Amherst community. Visiting scholars from four continents have made use of the research opportunities at the Center, and the Center's work reaches across both geographic and disciplinary boundaries.

We welcome all qualified scholars and students to do specialized research using our unique collection of more than 30,000 items, including primary and secondary texts, manuscripts, microfilms, CDs, DVDs, and one of the largest collections of books printed between 1500 and 1700 in the Northeast. This rich library includes, in addition, digitized resources and the papers of the Yale Thomas More edition, Dame Helen Gardner, Harriet Hawkins, C.A. Patrides, and Marvin Rosenberg, and the professional papers of many major Renaissance scholars as well as the working libraries of J.H. Hexter, Sam Schoenbaum, Arthur Kinney, Vincent Ilardi, and Carol and Robert Kaske.

Arthur F. Kinney, Director

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies


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The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies invites you to check out their calendar of events>> to see the exciting new offerings of the Fall 2014 semester!

November 1st Italian Renaissance Harvest Banquet 6:00-9:00pm. Marriott Center, 11th Floor, Campus Center (UMass Amherst, main campus). Join us for a festive evening celebrating Renaissance Italy! Enjoy authentic Renaissance food prepared using produce and herbs from the Renaissance Center’s own kitchen garden. Revel in the sounds of Renaissance Italy brought to you through Second Wind Renaissance Ensemble, Nota Bene, and lutes by Christopher Stetson. With entertainment ranging from juggling by Hannah French to Commedia dell'Arte performed by Hampshire College students, you are bound to have an evening of excitement and fun!
Reservations MUST be made by October 27th. Call 413-577-3600 to reserve your tickets.
$75/each or $125/couple.


To see photos from this year's Community Renaissance Festival check out our Facebook page, or follow this link: 12th Annual Community Renaissance Festival

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Click here to view a short video about the Center>>