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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

College of Liberal Arts

Directors: Lloyd E. Kermode, Martine van Elk

Telephone: (562) 985-4212 or (562) 985-4222

Program Office: Library East (LBE), Room 113

Sharon Olson, 985-4546

Faculty: Dorothy Abrahamse (History), Conrad Barrett (Classics), Clorinda Donato (Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures), Alice M. Doyle (Music), Kristine K. Forney (Music), Bonnie Gasior (Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures), Cheryl Goldstein (comparative World Literature), J. Charles Jernigan (Comparative World Literature), Irene Marchegiani Jones (Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures), Stanley Jones (Religious Studies), Timothy Keirn (History), Marie Kelleher (History), Lloyd E. Kermode (English), Eileen Klink (English), Julia Miller (Art), Lawrence Nolan (Philosophy), Nhora Lucia Serrano (Comparative World Literature), Martine van Elk (English), Lisa Vollendorf (Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures)


The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies sponsors activities that explore the complex culture of
the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It sponsors a regular lecture series featuring speakers from on and off campus. Occasionally special seminars are held to commemorate a person, place, or event of significance from these periods; recent topics have included Richard III, Florence and Rome 1200-1600, The Sensual Culture of Venice, 1066 And After That, and La Felicissima Armada. The Center also offers courses on a wide range of medieval and Renaissance issues, supports faculty research both here and abroad, and is associated with most of the local and national societies relevant to research in these fields.

In addition, the Center has established an interdisciplinary program which offers students interested in these periods the opportunity to pursue a course of study leading to a Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Courses which are used to meet the certificate requirements may be counted, where applicable, toward the General Education requirements, the major, and minor requirements.

Interested students should apply to Directors, MHB 512, or to members of the supporting faculty for further information.