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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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Join us for an episode of our podcast “Foraging Shakespeare” as host Jennifer Thornton hunts down evidence of Shakespeare amidst the agricultural and artistic community that thrives in our own Pioneer Valley. Jennifer speaks with local directors, writers, and makers to discover how local performances, plots, and products can trace their roots, in sometimes surprising ways, to the Renaissance. 


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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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