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

About the Program

Medieval and Renaissance culture (500-1660) lies at the root of most modern cultures of the Western world. The period has a profound impact on Western culture's current literature, philosophy, art, religion and politics. Studying the ideas of the Medieval and Renaissance periods gives us a clearer understanding of our present world, which is dominated by that culture's institutions.

Recent News 

Congratulations to Paul Strauss for many recent accomplishments. He has been awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct dissertation research in Germany during the 2014-15 academic year. His home institution in Germany will be the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuettel. Additionally, Paul has received a fellowship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, a private national agency that offers competitive, merit-based grants for study and research at accredited German institutions. He also received the Rolf and Ursula Schneider Stiftung Stipendium, a summer research grant through the Herzog August Bibliothek, to support his project.

On Thursday, April 17th, the Medieival and Renaissance Studies Program held our annual celebration, and a number of student awards were presented, including:

Robert Knoll Graudate Award: Ben Obernolte

Undergraduate Essay Contest
First Place: Sarah Swortzel
Second Place: Brittny Ofstedal
Third Place: Macie McIntosh

Undergraduate Creative Project Contest
First Place: Adam Lambert
Second Place: Michael Hansen
Third Place: Michaela Montgomery

Congratulations to Dennis Henry, who will be graduating this May with his MFA in Directing and a graduate minor in Medieval and Reniassance Studies

Congratulations to our graduating seniors: Michael Hansen, Brittny Ofstedal, Haley Sadlo, Andrew Singleton, and Sarah Swortzel

Catherine Medici-Thiemann received a Mellon Fellowship to be a member of the paleography seminar led by Heather Wolfe at the Folger Shakespeare Library this summer. This will help her prepare to read manuscripts when she takes up her NACBS Huntington Graduate Fellowship. Catherine also received one of three awards for best graduate student paper from the South Central Renaissance Conference held in Tucson, Arizona.

Alyson Alvarez received the Francis Drake travel award from the Queen Elizabeth I Society, which meets with South Central Renaissance Conference.

Congratulations to Paul Strauss, who recently was awarded a three month research grant from the Rolf und Ursula Schneider-Stiftung zur Foerderung der Geschichtswissenschaften to study at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuettel, Germany. The grant includes a living stipend to defray costs while Paul is researching in Wolfenbuettel.

Congratulations to Catherine Medici-Thiemann, who won the NACBS / Huntington Library Fellowship for 2014-2015 for her project "'She Governs the Queen': Jane Dudley, Mary Dudley Sidney, and Catherine Dudley Hastings' Political Actions, Agency, and Networks in Tudor England." The  fellowship will support her dissertation research at the Huntington Library. The NACBS / Huntington Library Fellowship is one of two awards the NACBS gives annually for graduate student research.

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program is offering its first annual $1000 dissertation fellowship, intended to support research including traveling to archives or other costs associated with completing the dissertation. To be eligible, students must have passed their Ph.D. comprehensive exams at the time of application. The deadline for applications is February 25. Please e-mail completed applications to Carole Levin [] who will then distribute them to the awards committee.

A completed application includes the following:

  • a 500-word description of the proposed dissertation, including specific information about the nature of the project, its current status, how much has been accomplished with a chronology for completion, and a rationale for the project in terms of its contribution to the discipline.

  • a statement of  how the award will support the dissertation, and specifics about how the funds will be used, what archives need to be visited, or other uses for the award that would enhance the quality of the dissertation and aid its completion.

  • a curriculum vitae.
Medieval and Renaissance Studies is also offering a $500 for Paul A. Olsen travel award for international travel [beyond North America] to archives for research or to present a paper at a scholarly conference.  To apply for this award please write a description of the travel and its value to your research project. If it is for use to present at a conference, please include information about the conference and a copy of the acceptance of the paper.  This is a rolling deadline. Please request funds at least four weeks prior to travel.

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, and, more specifically, our Elizabethan Gala from last December are the subject of a recent video posted on the "NebraskaFoundation" channel on youtube. You can view the video at the following link:

Check it out! 

Here's a video of our wonderful student-led celebration of Joan of Arc's 600th birthday on November 28th.