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







Renaissance Center holds Shakespeare trivia pub night: The Daily Collegian

Tenth Annual Symposium on Historical European Swordsmanship. This event will take place on Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am-4:00pm in the Reading Room. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required at 413-577-3600 or at renaissance@english.umass.edu. For more information, please visit our calendar of events page.

12th Annual Community Renaissance Festival. This year's festival will occur on Sunday, May 4th from 11:00am-4:00pm on the Meadow of the Renaissance Center. Join us for a day of Renaissance games, music, falconry, swordsmanship, theatre, and more! Follow this link for more information: 12th Annual Community Renaissance Festival Information

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