Marshall Grossman Lecture Series

Marshall Grossman Lecture Series

Renaissance Reckonings was created by Professor Marion Trousdale in 1992. With support from the College of Arts and Humanities and from the Department of English, it has run continuously since then, becoming one of the English Department’s most successful annual endeavors and helping to establish the department’s medieval and Renaissance program as one of the best in the country.

Offering presentations and seminars by many of the most distinguished scholars working in the medieval and early modern periods, the series plays a valuable role in the intellectual life of our faculty, in the professional development of our graduate students, in our interaction within the College and with local universities, and in broadcasting our department’s strengths to the profession at large. Since the passing of our beloved colleague Marshall Grossman, the department and the Renaissance area group together decided to rename the series as The Marshall Grossman Lecture Series in honor of him. In 2012, we concluded a successful fundraising campaign to make sure the series continues to flourish.

News

September 13, 2017
Michael Olmert lectured on “18th Century Architecture and the Creation of Sacred Spaces,” at Historic St. Martin’s Church (built 1756-63), Worcester Co., MD.,  Sept. 9, 2017.  This talk was adapted from a chapter of his forthcoming book, "Space, Meaning, and Intention in 18th Century Architecture."
August 28, 2017
Emily Johnson graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in spring 2017 with a double major in English and Linguistics. While on campus, she completed an Honors College citation, was admitted to Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, and received the Dean's Scholarship. She is currently interning at Her Mind magazine and is in search of a career in editing or publishing. This summer, Johnson gained admission to a Folger Institute workshop on digital archives at the Folger Shakespeare Library. — Editor's Note
August 2, 2017
Theresa Coletti, Julius Fleming, Laura Rosenthal, and Scott Trudell met throughout the year to discuss research findings.
June 21, 2017
Amanda Bailey's new book, Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts: Politics, Ecologies, and Form, co-edited with Mario DiGangi came out last month, and she was also the recipient of the College of Arts and Humanities 2017 Faculty Service Award in recognition of her service in support of the department's and college's mission and vision. 
June 21, 2017
Kellie Robertson gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization. gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization.
June 20, 2017
The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of their Spring Funding Cycle.
May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.
May 7, 2017
Tita Chico, Kimberly Anne Coles, and Kellie Robertson met throughout 2016-2017 to discuss their current research findings.
April 12, 2017
Kent Cartwright’s essay on The Comedy of Errors and classical Greece has just been published as the lead essay in Shakespeare and Greece, ed. Alison Findlay and Vassiliki Markidou (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).  He also recently gave a public lecture on “Italy and Place in Shakespeare's Comedies” to the Circolo Italo Britannico Venezia in Venice, Italy, and in April, in Florence, Italy, he is speaking on Much Ado About Nothing at a conference of the Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies.
April 12, 2017
In March, Ted Leinwand talked about his book, The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare, in the Books & Bagels series at the 92nd Street Y in New York. In April, he is presenting a paper--"Heartache in Elsinore"--at the annual Shakespeare Association meeting in Atlanta.
March 28, 2017
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. David Norbrook will deliver a paper titled “I write not for the presse to boast my own weaknesses to the world”: Lucy Hutchinson and the Restoration Public Sphere’.
September 2, 2016
Sept. 9 at 3:30 pm: "From Bacon to Edges: Remediating the Early Modern Social Network"
November 11, 2015
November 19, 20, and 22 at the Clarice Smith Center, in the style of Glassgow Citizen Theatre's Queer Shakespeare. 
August 31, 2015
Pamela O. Long will deliver a talk, "Engineering, Cartography, Antiquarianism, and the Culture of Print in Late Sixteenth-Century Rome" 
March 23, 2015
 Vanessa Harding will present "Bibliography, Autobiography, and History: Richard Smyth of London (1590-1675)" in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jeefferson Building of the Library of Congress.
November 18, 2014
This Folger Friday event is free, however registration is strongly encouraged. Please click on the link on the Folger Shakespeare Library's website to register/RSVP. The Folger Theatre production of JULIUS CAESAR will follow the poetry reading at 8 PM in the theatre, but you do need to purchase tickets to see the play.
October 2, 2014
Jonathan AuerbachWeapons of Democracy: How Social Reformers Became Propagandists for World War IThursday, November 13, 4:00 pmUlrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
April 9, 2014
On Friday, April 18, from 9:15 am - 5 pm, the Graduate Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies will host an all-day seminar and practicum, "Paleography & the Archives." Professors Sabrina Baron, Holly Brewer, Alejandro Cañeque (all from the History Department), and Professor Ralph Bauer (from English) will present panels on Spanish and British Atlantic World topics and then guide participants through hands-on paleography practice.
March 4, 2014
Members of the MEM-UM community may be interested in this lecture by Dennis Kennedy, ‘Shakespeare and globalized performance’, coming up on Thursday, 11:00-12:15 in room 2804 in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 
September 13, 2017
Michael Olmert lectured on “18th Century Architecture and the Creation of Sacred Spaces,” at Historic St. Martin’s Church (built 1756-63), Worcester Co., MD.,  Sept. 9, 2017.  This talk was adapted from a chapter of his forthcoming book, "Space, Meaning, and Intention in 18th Century Architecture."
August 28, 2017
Emily Johnson graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in spring 2017 with a double major in English and Linguistics. While on campus, she completed an Honors College citation, was admitted to Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, and received the Dean's Scholarship. She is currently interning at Her Mind magazine and is in search of a career in editing or publishing. This summer, Johnson gained admission to a Folger Institute workshop on digital archives at the Folger Shakespeare Library. — Editor's Note
August 2, 2017
Theresa Coletti, Julius Fleming, Laura Rosenthal, and Scott Trudell met throughout the year to discuss research findings.
June 21, 2017
Amanda Bailey's new book, Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts: Politics, Ecologies, and Form, co-edited with Mario DiGangi came out last month, and she was also the recipient of the College of Arts and Humanities 2017 Faculty Service Award in recognition of her service in support of the department's and college's mission and vision. 
June 21, 2017
Kellie Robertson gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization. gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization.
June 20, 2017
The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of their Spring Funding Cycle.
May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.
May 7, 2017
Tita Chico, Kimberly Anne Coles, and Kellie Robertson met throughout 2016-2017 to discuss their current research findings.
April 12, 2017
Kent Cartwright’s essay on The Comedy of Errors and classical Greece has just been published as the lead essay in Shakespeare and Greece, ed. Alison Findlay and Vassiliki Markidou (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).  He also recently gave a public lecture on “Italy and Place in Shakespeare's Comedies” to the Circolo Italo Britannico Venezia in Venice, Italy, and in April, in Florence, Italy, he is speaking on Much Ado About Nothing at a conference of the Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies.
April 12, 2017
In March, Ted Leinwand talked about his book, The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare, in the Books & Bagels series at the 92nd Street Y in New York. In April, he is presenting a paper--"Heartache in Elsinore"--at the annual Shakespeare Association meeting in Atlanta.