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.

Upcoming Events

Thu Oct 3

3:30 PM
Tawes Hall

Tue Feb 25

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September 13, 2019
Dr. David Carroll Simon has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. His first book, Light without Heat: The Observational Mood from Bacon to Milton (Cornell University Press, 2018), argues for the importance of careless inattention and open-ended receptivity to the literary and philosophical experiments of England's scientific revolution. He is now at work on a study of misogyny and comic experience in early modern literature and philosophy. Dr. Simon joined the University of Maryland faculty in Fall 2018.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Scott Trudell has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. His research focuses on early modern poetry, drama, music, and pageantry, as well as media studies, sound studies, performance studies, gender studies, and theories of the lyric. He is the author of Unwritten Poetry: Song, Performance, and Media in Early Modern England (Oxford UP, 2019); he has published in journals including Shakespeare Quarterly and Studies in Philology; and he is a co-principal investigator of Early Modern Songscapes, an interdisciplinary digital humanities project on the musical performance of English Renaissance poetry.
September 13, 2019
Memorial services for each Virginia Beauchamp and Stanley Plumly will take place this month.
September 12, 2019
Professor Emeritus Kent Cartwright presented a paper on “Forgiveness in Shakespeare's Comedies” at the biannual meeting of the Italian English Studies Association on September 6 at the University of Padua.  The paper was part of his ongoing book project on Shakespearean comedy.
September 5, 2019
This summer, Liam Thomas Daley was awarded a Stanley Wells Fellowship by the American Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. This fellowship allows recipients to conduct three weeks of research in the archives and rare book collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon.
September 4, 2019
This promotion formalizes Nelson's current efforts to help faculty and graduate students conceptualize and manage research initiatives and activities, as well as public relations and outreach activities. 
August 29, 2019
Danielle Griffin presented her paper, "Addressing (a) Poverty in Historiography: The Rhetorical Education of Poor Girls in Early Modern Charity Schools," at the International Society for the History of Rhetoric conference in New Orleans, LA, July 24, 2019. She was also recently awarded the Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship. Her essay, "Shaping the Conversation: Madeleine de Scudéry's Use of Genre in Her Rhetorical Dialogues" has been accepted for publication in Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric.
May 29, 2019
Several faculty members have been recently promoted.
May 28, 2019
ACLS Fellow Professor Gerard Passannante has also been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for his project "God is in the Detail: Cosmic Order and the Sense of Scale."  
May 21, 2019
Congratulations to our graduate students for their recent achievements and plans as they move on to the next stages in their careers.