Why Study Medieval & Renaissance Studies at New College?
Situated between the end of antiquity and the birth of modernity, the medieval and Renaissance period is one of the most significant in Western history. This critical period marks a time of vast and exciting transformations that saw the creation of many of the institutions and habits upon which our modern world and worldview rest.
From the writings of St. Augustine, St. Francis, Thomas Aquinas, Chaucer, Milton, Spenser and Malory to explorations of Renaissance and Reformation Europe, troubadour love poems and the historical implications of the Black Death, New College’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies AOC offers the breadth and depth you would expect from one of the country’s leading liberal arts colleges. Thanks to our growing program in Chinese Language and Culture, you have the opportunity to expand your study of the period to Asia as well as Europe.
You will also enjoy small classes and plenty of individualized attention and mentoring from our faculty, all of whom are experts in their fields and who hold PhDs from such leading graduate institutions as Oxford, Princeton, Yale and UCLA. In fact, our faculty within Medieval and Renaissance Studies is so strong that one faculty member was recently awarded a Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize while another earned an Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Philological Society.
A Program Rich in History
Perhaps nothing better symbolizes the importance and rich history of our Medieval and Renaissance Studies program than the Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies. First held in 1978, the conference covers all aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Spread over three days in March on even-numbered years, the conference typically features more than 130 presenters and more than 300-350 attending scholars from throughout the United States, Europe and other parts of the world. Encompassing European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, and religion from the fourth to the 17th centuries, the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope makes it particularly hospitable to interdisciplinary work, and it is internationally recognized as one of the preeminent venues for researchers working in Italian medieval and Renaissance studies. Students are able to attend the conference and its sessions for free.
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