Events @ the Center
The Center offers lectures, classes, conferences, concerts, and performances, all of which are open to the community and the general public and most of which are free of charge.
A series of hour-long informal talks on wide-ranging topics by local or visiting scholars held in the Center Reading Room. Lecture topics are of general interest; discussion and refreshments follow each talk. No charge. Co-sponsored by the Amherst Woman's Club.
FIVE COLLEGE RENAISSANCE LECTURES
Lectures by Renaissance scholars from around the nation and the world. Four per semester, on scholarly topics. Sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc. Lecture free; $10 donation requested for dinner following lecture.
Graduate students gather once a month to discuss pre-assigned reading material. All students are welcome free of charge.
Community reading groups are informal discussion groups that meet monthly at the Center to discuss books relating to the Renaissance period. New members welcome.
The Renaissance Center Theatre Company offers theatrical performances of Renaissance plays and occasional contemporary works directly inspired by Renaissance drama. The Center also brings touring performances and visiting lecturers to the Amherst community.
The First Sunday Series presents three concerts per semester at 2 pm on Sunday afternoons. These performances feature local or regional musicians and early music groups. Donations welcome.
Occasionally there will be other early music events at the Center, including conferences or concerts.
At least twice per semester the Center sponsors a full-day conference on various topics of Renaissance study. Most conferences are free, and all are open to the public.