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.

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News

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.
May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.
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.
April 4, 2017
Kellie Robertson’s most recent book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy, appeared from the University of Pennsylvania Press in February. This book recovers the common ground shared between physics—what used to be known as “natural philosophy”—and fiction-writing as ways of representing the natural world. In doing so, it traces how nature gained an authoritative voice in the late medieval period only to lose it at the outset of modernity.
February 23, 2017
Sara Wilder, who is currently completing her Ph.D. at Ohio State University, will be joining us this fall.
January 24, 2017
Long-time member of the department Marion Trousdale recently passed away in her home in California.
January 19, 2017
Harold Jerome Herman, who taught in the English Department for more than three decades, died on December 12, 2016, at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, after a brief illness. He was 87 years old.
January 4, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 5th through the 8th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.
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. 
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.
May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.
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.
April 4, 2017
Kellie Robertson’s most recent book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy, appeared from the University of Pennsylvania Press in February. This book recovers the common ground shared between physics—what used to be known as “natural philosophy”—and fiction-writing as ways of representing the natural world. In doing so, it traces how nature gained an authoritative voice in the late medieval period only to lose it at the outset of modernity.
February 23, 2017
Sara Wilder, who is currently completing her Ph.D. at Ohio State University, will be joining us this fall.
January 24, 2017
Long-time member of the department Marion Trousdale recently passed away in her home in California.
January 19, 2017
Harold Jerome Herman, who taught in the English Department for more than three decades, died on December 12, 2016, at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, after a brief illness. He was 87 years old.
January 4, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 5th through the 8th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.