Medieval and Renaissance Studies

About the Program

Ineke Murakami, Ph.D.
Department of English 

Agii Apostoli, Byzantine Church, Athens, Greece (2018).

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program offers broad, multidisciplinary training in the cultures of Europe from late antiquity through the early modern period. These centuries span a number of vibrant civilizations―all of which strove to establish and promote a particular social, religious, national or international identity within the larger world. Consequently, the Medieval and Renaissance fields are about exploring the roots of our present in the past. Together with faculty, students explore the visual, literary, historical, musical, theological and philosophical productions of worlds that continue to inflect our own.

Here for Summer 2018: twenty-one religious, legal, and literary manuscripts (1235 to 1825 CE), hailing from Western Europe, Ethiopia and Greece. The manuscripts will be available for viewing, coinciding with a series of exciting events, open to the public. From guest lectures to the Book Brunch, the series is meant to stimulate intellectual thought and conversation regarding these rare manuscripts as well as the cultures that produced them. The manuscripts also form the core of study for two summer courses: “Rare Books” by Dr. Philip Eppard and “Technologies of the Book” by Dr. Helene Scheck, classes of benefit to students interested in acquiring skills in codicology and paleography to advance their thesis research and augment their professional profiles.

Statement on Diversity

Medieval and Renaissance studies enjoy a long history of scholarly engagement with issues of gender, race, sexuality, disability, socioeconomic and religious difference. As scholars, we are well versed on the impact of these issues on our respective fields, both within the discrete cultural moments of their formation and as forces that continue to shape our understanding of these moments. As teachers committed to diversity, we uphold the ideals of inclusivity, critical inquiry, civil discourse, and responsible scholarship.