The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program hosts a variety of events each year, including a lecture series, cultural activities, and an annual awards ceremony. Also listed are events in the Lincoln area related to Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies sponsors one or two programs per month, many of which are co-sponsored. In keeping with our cross-disciplinary mission, we attempt to work with other programs and departments whenever we can.

If you would like to receive information about Medieval and Renaissance Studies events please join our list-serv. You can do so by emailing the Assistant to the Director, Andrea Nichols, at

All events are free, and open to all UNL faculty, students, and members of the public.

Fall 2014 Events

An event related to the program
  • National Theatre Live at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center presents Medea by Euripides on September 4 at 7:00pm and an encore September 7 at 3:00pm.

September 8, 5:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall)
  • "Music in History, History in Music: Hearing the Holy Roman Empire in the Early Modern Period," Erika Supria Honisch, Assistant Professor, Department of Music, SUNY
    • Erika’s research focuses on sacred music performed by contesting religious groups in cities and towns in central Europe before and during the Thirty Years War, with an emphasis on music connected to the Imperial court at Prague (ca. 1576–1612). Her book project, tentatively titled Moving Music in the Heart of Europe, 1555–1648, takes up these issues with an eye to recent work in anthropology, as well as sixteenth- and seventeenth-century treatises dealing with theories of hearing. She has taught a broad range of courses: music history survey, graduate courses in music of the classical and baroque periods, and approaches to research. She looks forward to developing courses exploring the relationship of music and scientific inquiry in the early modern period, the music and culture of central Europe, and music and gender.
  • Refreshments will be served

September 13, 7:30pm, St. Mark's on Campus, 13th and R Streets

  • An Elizabethan Evening with Dulces Voces, Early Vocal Music Ensemble featuring Colleen Baade, Curt Butler, Holly Heffelbower, Roger Hochstetler, Jane Mehrens, and Laura Waldman
  • A concert of sacred and secular music and writings of the Elizabethan period, with special guest Steve Buhler

October 9, 5:00pm, Great Plains Center, 1155 Q St.

  • Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture
  • "What's Love Got to Do with It? Love and Marriage, Medieval and Modern," Lynn Shutters, Department of English, Colorado State University
    • Lynn teaches early literature, and women and gender studies at CSU. Her academic interests include representations of love, sex, and marriage in medieval literature; representations of non-Western peoples in medieval literature; medievalism; and feminist and queer theory.
  • Reception to follow
An event related to the program
  • The Metropolitan Opera HD Live at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center presents Verdi's Macbeth on October 11 at 11:55am and an encore October 12 at 1:00pm.

October 27, 5:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library

  • "Censorship, Compromise, and (Non-)Conformity: A Puritan Minister's Creative Strategies for Publication in Laudian England," Amy Gant Tan, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Vanderbilt University
    • Amy is a Ph.D. candidate studying print media and its religious, political and social contexts in early modern Britain. Her dissertation, "The Author-Minister: Print, Parish and the Pastoral Vocation in Early Stuart England" examines the intersection of pastoral ministry and authorship, investigating the work of early seventeenth century parish ministers who expanded the scope of their religious work through publication.
  • Refreshments will be served

November 10, 5:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library

  • "Modern Invention of the Medieval Executioner," Joel Harrington, Centennial Professor of History and Department Chair, Department of History, Vanderbilt University
    • Joel is a historian of Europe, specializing in the Reformation and early modern Germany, with research interests in various aspects of social history, including the history of marriage, children, and family.
  • Refreshments will be served

November 20, 6:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library

  • A pre-play talk for the UNL Temple Building's Howell Theatre presentation of Love's Labour's Lost, which will be showing November 12-15 and 18-21.
  • Discussion will be led by Dr. Carole Levin and Dr. Ian Borden
  • Pizza will be served.
    • Please RSVP to Andrea Nichols ( so that the program can order enough pizza.