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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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.
April 4, 2019
The awardees were selected for their potential to make original and significant contributions to knowledge in Humanistic Studies.
March 6, 2019
Kent Cartwright had three essays on Shakespeare published or about to be published in 2019, including a self-interview on Hamlet; an essay on secularism and wonder in All’s Well That Ends Well; and a much enlarged version, for book publication, of his review of the 2016 production of The Merchant of Venice in the Venetian Ghetto.  He continues to make progress on his monograph, “Shakespeare and the Comedy of Re-Enchantment.”  
March 5, 2019
Sarah Lind presented "Marking the Music: Transformations of the Line in Early Modern England" at the Early Modern Songscapes Symposium at University of Toronto on February 8, 2019. 
March 1, 2019
Jeffrey Griswold’s essay “The False Florimell and Nonhuman Consent” was published in the winter 2019 issue of The Spenser Review. His article “Human Insufficiency and the Politics of Accommodation in King Lear” will appear in the spring 2019 issue of Renaissance Drama.
February 26, 2019
The project explores the circulation and performance of Renaissance poetry. Raff Vigilanti at MITH designed the data model. Professors Scott Trudell (UMD) and Sarah Williams (USC) both contributed to the content.
February 6, 2019
Assistant Professor Scott Trudell recently guest edited a special issue of Restoration journal. 
January 28, 2019
UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies will host a student-driven performance of Hamlet Replayed and a pre-show lecture by James Hollis, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington.