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  • Grounded Knowledge: Bees

    A virtual workshop with local herbalist
    Jade Alicandro Mace of Milk & Honey Herbs
    & Dr. Haylie Swenson, Folger Shakespeare Library 

    August 1 | 1:00 pm

    Grounded Knowledge: Bees

    A virtual workshop with local herbalist
    Jade Alicandro Mace of Milk & Honey Herbs
    & Dr. Haylie Swenson, Folger Shakespeare Library 

    August 1 | 1:00 pm

  • Digging the Past

     

    2020-2021 Winner
    Sustainability, Innovation, and Engagement Fund Grant

    Digging the Past

     

    2020-2021 Winner
    Sustainability, Innovation, and Engagement Fund Grant

  • Plant Blindness | The Renaissance of the Earth


    We are delighted to welcome Vin Nardizzi (English, University of British Columbia) for a virtual workshop

    April 14 | 1:00pm

    Plant Blindness | The Renaissance of the Earth


    We are delighted to welcome Vin Nardizzi (English, University of British Columbia) for a virtual workshop

    April 14 | 1:00pm

  • Amer-Asia: Object Lessons in Early Modern Connectivity

     

    Keynote:     Liz Horodowich (History, New Mexico State University)

    Speakers:   Ximena Gómez (History of Art and Architecture, UMass) 
                       Siyu Shen (History of Art and Architecture, UMass) 
                       George Qiao (Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst)

    February 27 | 4:30 pm

    Amer-Asia: Object Lessons in Early Modern Connectivity

     

    Keynote:     Liz Horodowich (History, New Mexico State University)

    Speakers:   Ximena Gómez (History of Art and Architecture, UMass) 
                       Siyu Shen (History of Art and Architecture, UMass) 
                       George Qiao (Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst)

    February 27 | 4:30 pm

  • Kathy Peiss

    Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of American History
    University of Pennsylvania

    September 17 | 5 pm

    A Virtual Five College Book History Seminar

    Kathy Peiss

    Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of American History
    University of Pennsylvania

    September 17 | 5 pm

    A Virtual Five College Book History Seminar

  • Community Shakespeare

     

    2019-2020 Winner
    Mass Humanities Award

    This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

    Community Shakespeare

     

    2019-2020 Winner
    Mass Humanities Award

    This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

News

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 Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies advances fresh research in the early modern humanities. Our mission is to develop and promote multicultural, diverse, relevant, and timely programming that fosters the best of interdisciplinary engagement in the humanities. Both a research center and library, the Center is home to manuscripts, rare books, and monographs, sponsored lectures, seminars, conferences, community classes, theater, and concerts. Visiting professors, post-doctoral scholars, artists-in-residence, and researchers enrich the global network of our community.

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Join us for an episode of our podcast Foraging Shakespeare as host, Jennifer Thornton, traces evidence of Shakespeare amidst the artistic and agricultural communities that thrive in our own Pioneer Valley. Jennifer speaks with theater directors, writers, scholars, students, gardeners, and invited artisans to discover the surprising ways in which our creations today find their roots in the Renaissance.

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The Folger Institute is a center for advanced research in early modern humanities at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Center is a member of the Folger Institute Consortium, a collaborative endeavor involving over 40 leading colleges and universities.

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