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

Tue Apr 3

News

February 15, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor David Simon will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 6, 2018
Kent Cartwright is in his second of two years as a Visiting Scholar at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. In November, he gave a talk there at conference on “The City in Elizabethan Comedy,” along with three other public talks at Ca’ Foscari in November and December on topics that included Shakespeare comedy and the history of close reading. In October, he also gave a talk on comedy at a Shakespeare conference at the University of Cambridge. His essay on “Time in Shakespearean Comedy" will appear in February in a volume on Temporality, Genre and Experience in the Age of Shakespeare, edited by Lauren Shohet (Arden Bloomsbury), and the next issue of Shakespeare Newsletter will feature his reflection on the July 2016 performance of The Merchant of Venice in the Jewish Ghetto in Venice.
February 6, 2018
On Oct. 1, 2017, Michael Olmert was on the Talkback panel after Harold Pinter's two one-act plays, The Lover and The Collection, at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington. Olmert was also asked by Yale University Press to vet the publication of Alberto Manguel's latest book, Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions.. This is the second of Manguel's very fine books Olmert has reviewed for Yale. 
February 4, 2018
Kellie Robertson gave several talks this fall related to her new book project: at the University of Brisbane, she spoke on “Thinking the Unthinkable: Belief, Climate Change, and Premodern Weather” and led a one-day masterclass on science, faith, and literature. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she gave a talk in October entitled “Reading the Weather in New Troy: Environmental Fiction and the Problem of the Modern.” In January, she spoke at the MLA as part of a panel to mark the forthcoming publication of Keywords for Today (Oxford University Press, October 2018), a collective updating of Raymond Williams’ influential Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society.
December 20, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 4th through the 7th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students. 
October 25, 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. 
October 25, 2017
Peter Grybauskas has a chapter, "'Green Hill Country': A Scholar's Tale," coming out next month in the collection, A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger.  Additonally, Peter piloted a professional writing program course on Food Writing in Italy this summer. 
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.
February 21, 2018
Carlos Gamerro will give a public lecture on Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 PM in St. Mary's Hall Multipurpose Room. [...]
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.
February 15, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor David Simon will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 6, 2018
Kent Cartwright is in his second of two years as a Visiting Scholar at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. In November, he gave a talk there at conference on “The City in Elizabethan Comedy,” along with three other public talks at Ca’ Foscari in November and December on topics that included Shakespeare comedy and the history of close reading. In October, he also gave a talk on comedy at a Shakespeare conference at the University of Cambridge. His essay on “Time in Shakespearean Comedy" will appear in February in a volume on Temporality, Genre and Experience in the Age of Shakespeare, edited by Lauren Shohet (Arden Bloomsbury), and the next issue of Shakespeare Newsletter will feature his reflection on the July 2016 performance of The Merchant of Venice in the Jewish Ghetto in Venice.
February 6, 2018
On Oct. 1, 2017, Michael Olmert was on the Talkback panel after Harold Pinter's two one-act plays, The Lover and The Collection, at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington. Olmert was also asked by Yale University Press to vet the publication of Alberto Manguel's latest book, Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions.. This is the second of Manguel's very fine books Olmert has reviewed for Yale. 
February 4, 2018
Kellie Robertson gave several talks this fall related to her new book project: at the University of Brisbane, she spoke on “Thinking the Unthinkable: Belief, Climate Change, and Premodern Weather” and led a one-day masterclass on science, faith, and literature. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she gave a talk in October entitled “Reading the Weather in New Troy: Environmental Fiction and the Problem of the Modern.” In January, she spoke at the MLA as part of a panel to mark the forthcoming publication of Keywords for Today (Oxford University Press, October 2018), a collective updating of Raymond Williams’ influential Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society.
December 20, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 4th through the 7th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students. 
October 25, 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. 
October 25, 2017
Peter Grybauskas has a chapter, "'Green Hill Country': A Scholar's Tale," coming out next month in the collection, A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger.  Additonally, Peter piloted a professional writing program course on Food Writing in Italy this summer. 
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.