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.
The Dan S. Collins lecture is dedicated to the late professor, who taught English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He served as an editor of the journal English Literary Renaissance since its inception and was co-editor of the special issue on "Renaissance Historicism" published in 1986.
This lecture is held in honor of the late Normand Berlin, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research interests ranged broadly, from Shakespeare to Eugene O'Neill. His publications include O'Neill's Shakespeare and The Secret Cause: A Discussion of Tragedy. For many years he taught a highly-attended community class at the Center on Shakespeare.
The Center has hosted an annual conference lead by graduate students since October 2002.
A forum for advanced graduate students to share work-in-progress with an invited scholar whose work is currently shaping their thinking. Both authors precirculate works-in-progress and papers are to be read in advance. The authors will kick off discussion by raising questions for one another and then we will open into a roundtable conversation.
An informal gathering of graduate students interested in sharing skills of their trade. Over the course of the year, across four sessions, Field Notes takes students through the full cycle of designing advanced research projects in the premodern humanities.
The Five College Book History Seminar series is a collaborative lecture series that focuses on the production, circulation, and reception of early modern and medieval texts.
Four seminars are held each year on a broad range of interdisciplinary topics. Sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc.
The Certificate Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to receive recognition for their exploration of the rich diversity of medieval culture. It includes the historical, artistic, literary and intellectual dimensions of a major formative period of Western civilization. Click here for the Spring 2022 course list.
A small company of Five College actors working on modern texts that are influenced by the Renaissance.
The Graduate Reading Group at the Center brings together graduate students to discuss the premodern period.
A scholarly symposium and concerts to celebrate the NEH-funded Tasso in Music Project, directed by UMass music history professor Emiliano Ricciardi.
An annual symposium on historical European martial arts, traditions, and their social contexts.