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 Center in the News

Italian Renaissance Harvest Banquet: The Daily Hampshire Gazette

Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies has ‘something that interests everyone’: The Daily Collegian

13th Annual Community Renaissance Festival held in Amherst: MassLive


*Sunday, May 1 14th Annual Community Renaissance Festival11:00 am - 4:00 pm Bigger and better than ever! We’ll have theater, music, falconry, juggling, sword demonstrations from Phoenix Swords, Renaissance games, artisans, dancing, and so much more! Costumes encouraged! Fun for the whole family. Rain or shine. Plenty of on-site free parking. Food for sale from UMass concessions. Photo credit to Don David.

14th Annual Community Renaissance Festival is on May 1st! Get the info here!


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