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, 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 collection of more than 30,000 items, including our collection of books printed between 1500 and 1700.

Joseph Black, Director

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies


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The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies invites you to check out their calendar of events>>

Call the Center at 413-577-3600
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Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 pm

First Sunday Concert with Zoe Vandermeer

Zoe Vandermeer will perform a program titled "Sweeter than Roses, the Music of 17th Century England." Refreshments will be available after the concert. Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Please arrive on time as seating is limited and is only available on a first come, first served basis.


Our 15th Annual Community Renaissance Festival is on Sunday, May 7th from 11 am -- 4 pm

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