Medieval and Renaissance Material Culture Conference 2015

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is holding a conference on material culture in the Middle Ages and Renaissance October 1-3, 2015 on the UNL City Campus to celebrate twenty years of our major.

Dr. Anne Rudloff StantonOur first plenary speaker is Dr. Anne Rudloff Stanton, Associate Professor of Art History at University of Missouri. She will be presenting the Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture "It's Good to be the Queen: the Material Culture of Isabella of France," which is an illustrated lecture about the illuminated prayer books and other movable goods of Isabella of France, wife of King Edward II of England (r.1307-1327). For those less familiar with medieval history, Queen Isabella was portrayed by Sophie Marceau in Braveheart (1995) and by Aure Atika in World Without End (TV mini-series, 2012). This talk will be at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum (1523 N. 33rd St;, at 3:30pm on Thursday, Oct 1.


Dr. Amanda WunderThe second plenary speaker is Dr. Amanda Wunder, Assistant Professor of History at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She will be presenting "Extreme Fashions in Early Modern Spain," a talk that explores radical transformations in Spanish fashion and the controversies they engendered during the country's rise and fall as an imperial power. Dr. Wunder will speak at 1:00pm, after lunch at 12:30pm (lunch is provided only to those who requested it when registering). Food is available to purchase in the Nebraska Union food court; all are welcome to simply attend and listen to the talk. Following Dr. Wunder will be a presentation of period clothing by Dr. Barabara Trout and some of her students from Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design. Lunch, Dr. Wunder's lecture, and the clothing presentation will be in the Unity Room of the the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry will be an honored guest at the lunch, and will speak a few words.

There are many other conference panel presentations (Friday 9:00am - 4:15pm; Saturday 9:30am - 1:00pm) on medieval and Renaissance material culture: literature, various types of books and the elements in them, music, jewelry, women's bequests and gift-giving, women's clothing, medieval and early modern churches, the human body, Elizabethan voyages, paintings, scientific instruments, film depictions, prisons, and other spaces and places in England. Also on Friday, there will be a round table in the Unity Room from 4:30-5:45pm with nine UNL undergraduate and graduate students (three are currently enrolled at UNL; six are alumni) who have won national awards and will speak about their achievements and paths taken, and how studying the medieval and Reanissance eras influenced and aided both their awards and careers.

To further celebrate the anniversary of the major, there are four exhibit cases on the second floor of UNL Love Library: two are in the Love North / Love South connecting corridor, and two are in Love North.


Registration closed September 15.
Nebraska residents are welcome to attend any talks or sessions for free, but lunch on Friday (Oct 2) is provided only to those who requested lunch in their registration, which closed on Sept 15. A printed copy of the program and any other handouts cannot be guaranteed to be available for general public if a person did not register, but a digital copy of the conference program is available below.

Conference Program

This program is current to Oct 3.
If you had an earlier version, be aware that some information has changed over the past two months as finalization occurred.

Travel Info

Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau: the Lincoln Event calendar; Lincoln Visitors Guide; Lincoln attractions; a Google map of Lincoln.

Map: UNL City Campus (page 1) and East Campus (page 2)
Map: Lincoln map (page 1), and a close-up of Haymarket in Lincoln (page 2). Here is a second, more cartoon-like map of Haymarket.
Further area maps available here.

Lincoln Airport info (airline airport code LNK)

If you choose to fly into Omaha, Nebraska (i.e. Eppley Airport or OMA when searching airlines) due to more travel options or cheaper prices, we recommend using OMALiNK shuttle. Be sure to reserve your trip online at least 72 hours ahead of your flight, to better ensure they will have an available van. It is an hour-long drive between Omaha and Lincoln, so allot time for traffic jams if you are arriving/leaving during rushhour.

Local taxi companies:


City of Lincoln parking maps, an interactive Google map, a list of parking garages with a photo, and FAQs
University parking map

International Quilt Study Center & Museum: there is free parking in the north lot. They provide printable maps and driving directions on their website.

University Surface Lots - All University of Nebraska-Lincoln surface lots require a permit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except metered areas and time-controlled zones. Entrances to surface lots have a sign denoting which permits are allowed in that area. Permits are only valid for the area and dates designated on the permit.

University Garages - All University of Nebraska-Lincoln parking garages require a permit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except metered areas and time-controlled zones. Entrances to University garages have a sign denoting which permits are allowed in that area. Garage permits are only valid for the specific garage designated on the permit. Garage permits are only good for the areas within the garage labeled as Residential and Commuter.

University Meters - You must pay to park at all meters on campus during the hours of enforcement listed on the meter (Monday-Friday: 7:00 AM-7:30 PM, Saturday: 7:00 AM-Noon).

Hotel Options

You get to choose your own accommodation, as there is no block booking at a conference hotel. Here are our suggested places to stay, with some amenities listed for comparison. Amenities may change or have further details (e.g. airport shuttles from hotels may only leave at certain times), so check with the hotel to make sure the amenities you want are available.

Here is a map with the hotel locations starred, along with the Nebraska Union (where the sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday).

  • Courtyard Marriott
    • free Wi-Fi in rooms and lobby
    • Lincoln airport shuttle
    • on-site printing at 24-hour business center
    • Starbucks coffee in The Bistro restaurant; in-room coffee maker
    • fitness center and pool
  • Embassy Suites
    • free Wi-Fi only in atrium (HHonors members get free standard Wi-Fi in rooms).
    • Self-parking and valet parking available
    • Lincoln airport shuttle
    • a business center
    • fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna
    • in-room coffee maker; in-hotel restaurant: Embassy Bar & Grille
  • Hilton Garden Inn Downtown/Haymarket
    • free Wi-Fi
    • 24-hour business center
    • fitness room, indoor pool, and whirlpool
    • rooms includes mini-fridge and microwave
    • Lincoln airport shuttle
  • Holiday Inn Downtown
    • free Wi-Fi 
    • Lincoln airport shuttle
    • business center
    • fitness center and indoor pool
    • in-room coffee maker
  • Hyatt Place
    • free Wi-Fi in rooms
    • Lincoln airport shuttle
    • 24-hour business center
    • 24-hour fitness center and indoor pool
    • Starbucks coffee in the Intimate Bakery Cafe
  • The Cornhusker, a Marriott hotel
    • Lincoln airport shuttle
    • fitness center and indoor heated pool
    • WI-FI in all spaces for $4.95 per day