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The Renaissance of the Earth

The Renaissance of the Earth is a series of themed research collaborations, undergraduate and graduate courses, integrative learning workshops, conferences, keynotes, and public-facing arts programming that consider how early modern habits of thought and practice might aid in imagining alternative forms of habitation and cultivation of the earth.

Eco-Entanglements: Ruin, Grafting, Stratification 920-2020 
This year's annual graduate conference showcases both the historical and methodological ambitions of The Renaissance of the Earth program, drawing together scholars working from Old English studies to Early Modern Studies for a one-day conference organized around three modes of eco-entanglement (ruin, grafting, stratification). 


The Players Project 
Noah Tuleja, Director of the Mount Holyoke Rooke Theater, is in residence with a small cross-campus company of actors whose home is the Kinney Center and its outdoor stage. In conjunction with The Renaissance of the Earth, The Players Project has launched its first season of workshops with a reading of “The Herbal Bed” by Peter Whelan.


Rare book collection
By collecting in targeted fields (natural history, agricultural history, botanicals, early earth science, cosmographies, and literature of the earth), the collection drives research in ways that link the research, educational, and creative programming on offer at the Center. 


Renaissance Kitchen Garden and Apple Orchard
The Center’s grounds include a historically-authentic kitchen garden that provides rich opportunities for interdisciplinary research and experiential learning endeavors. 


Workshop Series: Grounded Knowledge 
In a hands-on practicum that joins the bounty of our Renaissance Garden with that of our rare book library, students from the University and the local community will read and discuss Renaissance botanicals, agricultural treatises, georgic poetry, and other ‘literatures of the earth,’ searching for both the familiar and estranging ways early moderns wrote about and engaged with the earth. The first workshop will take place Spring 2020. Details forthcoming.