The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program hosts a variety of events each year, including a lecture series, cultural activies, and an annual awards ceremony. Also listed are events in the Lincoln area of interest 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 recieve information about Medieval and Renaissance Studies events please join our listserve. You can do so by emailing the Assistant to the Director, Nate Probasco, at

Spring 2014 Program

Man’s Best Friend? Dogs and Pigs in Early Modern Germany. Alison Stewart, Professor of Art History, University of Nebraska

Aemilia Lanyer and the Politics of Women’s Self-Fashioning in Early Modern England. Alicia Meyer, Graduate Student in English and Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Wednesday, January 22, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library, 228 Andrews Hall

Notorious Irish Queen: Gráinne Ní Mháille, Graven Memory, and the Making of Legend. Brandie Siegfried, Nan Osmond Grass Professor of English Literature, Brigham Young University

Thursday, January 30, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library, 228 Andrews Hall

Geography and Culture: Two Rebellions in al-Andalus. Jessica Coope, Associate Professor of History, University of Nebraska

Understanding Early American Spaces through Digital Reconstructions. James Coltrain, Assistant Professor of History, University of Nebraska

Monday, February 17, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

Sacramental Revenge in Hamlet. Jay Zysk, Assistant Professor of English, University of South Florida

Monday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

“Travelling Bodyes”: Theorizing subaltern Women’s Movements in(to) Protoimperialist England, c. 1560-1580. Bernadette Andreas, Professor of English, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Keynote Address, James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities

 Friday, March 14, 7:00 pm, The Center for Great Plains Studies, 1155 Q. St.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Student Celebration and Awards Ceremony

Thursday, April 17, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

(Graduate essays as well as undergraduate essays and creative projects for the competition due Tuesday, April 1 by 5:00 pm to Professor Carole Levin, 612 Oldfather Hall)

The Language of Sacrifice and Suffering: A powerful political device shared by Elizabeth I of England and Henri II of France in times of crisis, 1584-1588. Estelle Parangue, Graduate Student in History, University College, London

Monday, April 28, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

Fall 2013 Events

Overlooked: Katherine Hastings’ Literary Patronage and her Power and Influence in Elizabethan and Early Jacobean England - Catherine Medici-Thiemann, Ph.D. candidate, University of Nebraska

Heathens Ravaging Christendom: Forming Lutheran Confessional Identity in Sermons on the “Turks” - Paul Strauss, Ph.D. candidate, University of Nebraska

Monday, September 23, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library, 228 Andrews Hall

Refreshments will be served


The Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture: Meditations on Medieval Women: Poems Inspired by Art - Christine Stewart-Nuñez, South Dakota State University

Thursday, October 3, 5:00 pm, Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St.

Co-sponsored by the Hildegard Center for the Arts, the Department of English, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Reception to follow

Moira Buffini’s “Silence” - Directed by Dennis Henry, graduate student at the University of Nebraska, and staged in the Studio Theatre, October 10-20

Discussion of the play by the Director

Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

Pre-talk Pizza Party, RSVP Nate Probasco at


“In Counterfeit Passion”: Cross-Dressing, Transgression, and Fraud in Shakespeare and Middleton - Anastasia Bierman, McKendree University

Mary Stuart: Black Widow or Sincere Mourner? - Alyson Alvarez, Ph.D. student, University of Nebraska

Thursday, November 7, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

Refreshments will be served

Fall 2012 Events

Altered Ages: Medieval and Renaissance Art Fantasy and Reality

September 7, 6:00-9:00 pm, Opening at the Noyes Gallery, 119 South 9th St.

Art based on Medieval and Renaissance Fantasy and Reality

Indigo Bridge Books will have a table with books by members of the program, including Carole Levin and Stephen Buhler, who will be available for book signing

Co-sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program

Refreshments will be served


Graduate Program in Shakespeare and Performance

September 21, 5:00pm, Temple Building in Room 104

Dr. Julie Fox, Assistant Direction, graduate program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance in partnership with American Shakespeare Center at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia, will present a program on this exciting, innovative M. Litt and MFA program.

Co-sponsored by the Johnny Carson School of Theatre

Refreshments will be served


“Out of the Past: Women of the "Middle Period" re-imagined in Chinese film and visual culture, Mulan and Her ‘Sisters’

October 4, 5:00pm, Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture at The Great Plains Museum

Professor Kristine Harris, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Asian Studies Program, SUNY/New Paltz

Co-sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Confucius Institute, UNL Women and Gender Studies Program, the Asian Community and Cultural Center, and the Department of History

Reception to follow


Agravio: Courage, Betrayal and a Woman Scorned

October 11, 5:30pm, Dudley Bailey and the Temple Building

Discussion, pizza, and performance

Pizza and discussion with Professor Ian Borden before the show

Agravio: Courage, Betrayal and a Woman Scorned, directed by Ian Borden


“Exiles, Migrations, and Movements”

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

October 12-14, 2012

Co-sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program


“Protestant Reformers and Islam”

October 29, 7:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library

Emidio Campi, Emeritus Professor, Institute for Swiss Reformation History, University of Zurich

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, and the Research Council

Refreshments will be served


New Faculty Present Research

November 8, 5:00-6:30pm Dudley Bailey Library

Opportunity for those in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program to meet our new faculty, Malte  Rehbein, Department of History, and Nora Peterson, Department of French, who  will present their research agendas and goals.

Refreshments will be served


Celebration of 600th anniversary of the birth of Joan of Arc

November 28, 5:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library

Joan of Arc festival to celebrate the 600th anniversary of her birth, with a scholarly presentation, poetry, music, and scenes from plays about Joan of Arc

Refreshments will be served


Fall 2011-Spring 2012 Events

September 26th, 7:30pm, City Campus Union

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible:Creation and Legacy            A Panel Discussion with Profs Steve Burnett & Sidnie White Crawford from the Dept. of Classics & Religious Studies, and Profs Steve Buhler & Laura White from the Dept. of English                                                                                                                          Co-sponsored by the departments of Classics and Religious Studies & English. A reception will follow

October 10th, Great Plains Art Museum, 5:30-7:00pm

Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture                                                                  “Playing at the Center of the Cosmos: The Meaning of Hildegard’s Ordo Virtutum”      Dr. Margot Fassler                                                                                                        Co-Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program                                           University of Notre Dame                                                                                             Co-sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts, the Department of Classics & Religious Studies and the School of Music. A reception will follow


October 21, Lincoln Community Playhouse, time TBA

Live Theatre!                                                                                                              William Shakespeare’s Othello                                                                                      Performed by Flatwater Shakespeare                                                                           Directed by Bob Hall                                                                                                   Group trip on the 21st                                                                                                                                  See for full performance schedule


November 10th, Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall), 5:00-6:30pm

"“But here I am in Kent and Christendom”: Country, Court, and Making a Nation"     Kelly Stage, UNL Department of English and                                                            "Proof and Consequences: Women as Ministers of Revenge in The Merry Wives of Windsor"                                                                                                           Marguerite Tassi, UNK Department of English


December 8th, St. Mark’s on the Campus, 7:00-9:00pm

Holiday Festivities & Open Discussion: Whither Medieval and Renaissance Studies? Questions and Directions for the Field.

 January 19th, 5:30-7:00, Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall) 

Jason Gildow, Southeast Community College                                                             "The Occult Reformation: John Dee's English Conversion of Italian Inquisition Era Ciphers" &                                                                                                                           Stephen Burnett, Classics and Religious Studies, UNL                                                "The Roman Index and Christian Hebrew Scholarship during the Sixteenth Century" 


February 7th, 10:30 am Love Library Room 111 (ESC Room)

Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Primary & Secondary Sources                               Kathy Johnson, Professor & Humanities Librarian                                                      Learn about the major print and electronic resources covering the period from 400 CE through 1700 CE, available through the University Libraries.                               Register at:


February 10th, 4:30-6:00, City Campus Union 

Gary Macy, Chair of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University                          “Ordained Women in the Middle Ages: When Women Were Clergy”                                 Co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Classics and Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, University of Nebraska Research Council 


March 1st 5:00-6:30 , Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall) 

Anna Riehl Bertolet, Auburn University                                                                       “‘But Yet a Union in Partition’: Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart”                                      Co-sponsored by the Department of English and Women’s and Gender Studies Program 


March 2nd , 2:00-4:00, Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall) 

Workshop on fellowships in the humanities                                                                    Anna Riehl Bertolet & Carole Levin                                                                               Co-sponsored by the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development 


March 16th , 5:00, Kimball Recital Hall 

"Love and Madness: Shakespeare in Opera”                                                                    An opera scenes performance directed by Kaley Smith. 


April 20-23rd, Symposium on “Transcendence in Mysticism and Music” 

4/23, 3:30pm, City Campus Union Auditorium                                                    Roundtable discussion on Transcendence in Mysticism and Music 

4/23, 7:30pm , City Campus Union                                                                        Keynote Bernard McGinn, "The Silent Nothingness of God"                                          For the full symposium schedule see: 


April 27th, 3:30-5:00, Bailey Library, (228 Andrews Hall) 

Awards & Accomplishments 

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Calendar

Overlooked: Katherine Hastings’ Literary Patronage and her Power and Influence in Elizabethan and Early Jacobean England - Catherine Medici-Thiemann, Ph.D. candidate, University of Nebraska

Heathens Ravaging Christendom: Forming Lutheran Confessional Identity in Sermons on the “Turks” - Paul Strauss, Ph.D. candidate, University of Nebraska

Monday, September 23, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library, 228 Andrews Hall

Refreshments will be served