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


Hampshire Shakespeare Company Presents their Summer 2014 Performances at The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is a community-based organization with part-time seasonal professional staff. The Company brings together professional, amateur and student performers, offering audiences and actors a range of theatrical experiences from the most profound to the most playful.

Follow link for ticket information. All performances 7pm curtain. All shows in the meadow at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies.

The Comedy of Errors to run Wednesday, July 9th- Sunday, July 13th and Wednesday, July 16th-Sunday, July 20th.

Julius Caesar (mainstage version) to run Wednesday, July 23rd- Sunday, July 27th and Wednesday, July 30th- Sunday, August 3rd.

The Young Company production of Julius Caesar to run August 15th-17th (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) in the evening and with a matinée on Sunday. Click here to learn more about HSC's Young Company.


To see photos from this year's Community Renaissance Festival check out our Facebook page, or follow this link: 12th Annual Community Renaissance Festival

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