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  • 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

  • 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

  • The 2018 Berlin Lecture

    Mazen Naous, Assistant Professor of Literature
    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    'The Lure of the Moor: Othello in an Arab American Setting'

    October 16 • 4:30 PM 

    The 2018 Berlin Lecture

    Mazen Naous, Assistant Professor of Literature
    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    'The Lure of the Moor: Othello in an Arab American Setting'

    October 16 • 4:30 PM 

  • Ann Blair Lecture

    Ann Blair, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor of History — Harvard University

    'Servant-Functions and Author-Functions in Early Modern Europe'

    October 26 • 4:00 PM

    Ann Blair Lecture

    Ann Blair, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor of History — Harvard University

    'Servant-Functions and Author-Functions in Early Modern Europe'

    October 26 • 4:00 PM

  • Spaces of Authority

    The 16th Annual Kinney Center Graduate Student Conference

    Keynote Speaker: Christopher R. Kyle
    Professor of History — Syracuse University

    Conference Opens October 13 * 9:00 AM

    Spaces of Authority

    The 16th Annual Kinney Center Graduate Student Conference

    Keynote Speaker: Christopher R. Kyle
    Professor of History — Syracuse University

    Conference Opens October 13 * 9:00 AM

  • Graduate Studies

    Meet our graduate students and explore the interdisciplinary Renaissance program that offers MA, Ph.D., and a combined MA/ Ph.D. track through UMass Amherst.

    Graduate Studies

    Meet our graduate students and explore the interdisciplinary Renaissance program that offers MA, Ph.D., and a combined MA/ Ph.D. track through UMass Amherst.

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.

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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.

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