U of A Joins the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium

2021-22 Long-term fellow Aaron Hyman studies an eighteenth-century choral book from the Newberry Collection.  Image source: Newberry.org.

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2021-22 Long-term fellow Aaron Hyman studies an eighteenth-century choral book from the Newberry Collection. Image source: Newberry.org.

The Department of Languages, Literatures and World Cultures and the Department of English are pleased to announce that U of A has become a member of the Newberry Library’s Renaissance Studies Consortium.

Sponsors of membership include the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Research and Innovation, and the Graduate School of International Education.

The resources at the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies are nearly endless, and the open programs of the associate universities give faculty and students the opportunity to become members of a generous and highly specialized community of scholars.

Undergraduate students work directly with rare books and manuscripts at a long table
Classes give undergraduate students the opportunity to work directly with rare books and manuscripts. Image courtesy of Newberry.org.
Undergraduate students wandering through stacks of libraries
Undergraduate NLUS 2020 students are on a tour of the Stacks. Image courtesy of Newberry.org.

For faculty, the multiple disciplines of these programs can foster scholarship and innovative ideas to explore resources in a range of fields within Renaissance studies. Furthermore, faculty members can suggest programs to be held at Newberry, located in Chicago, including research methods, seminars, graduate seminars, and workshops.

The consortium will also allow graduate students to apply for thesis and alumni seminars, workshops on research methods, work in progress seminars, reading groups, and publishing and professional development workshops. In addition, they can attend Newberry’s annual interdisciplinary alumni conference. The event, which takes place each January, allows ABD graduate students to participate in lively discussions with fellow students from around the world.

Likewise, college and graduate students will have the opportunity to compete for two short-term fellowships at the library and can benefit from partnerships with the Folger Library in Washington, D.C. and the National School of Chart in Paris.

Opportunities will also be available to undergraduate students, with courses that will soon become a regular part of the Newbury curriculum.

For information on how to apply for any of these programs, please contact Associate Professor Joshua Byron Smith of the Department of English at jbs016@uark.edu or Associate Professor Daniela Diogenio of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at deugini@uark.edu.

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