In March 2015, Dr. Stephen Buhler, Vice Chair & Aaron Douglas Professor in the Department of English, won the Artistic Achievement Award - Literary Arts from the City of Lincoln Mayor's Arts Awards. The award recognizes excellence and accomplishment in writing and literature.

Shortly after winning his award, Dr. Buhler could be heard on the NET Nebraska series "All About the Books" speaking about John Milton's Paradise Lost.

On March 22, 2015, Dr. Kelly Stage--Assistant Professor in the Department of English--and Andrea Nichols--PhD candidate in the Department of History--were the scholars invited to attend and answer audience questions after the NET Nebraska preview of the first episode of Wolf Hall.


In fall 2014, Dr. Ian Borden, Assistant Professor of Theatre, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theatre (AHCT).

In spring 2014, Dr. Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program, the Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities; see also the news article here.

Dr. Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program, was awarded a Fulbright to the Center for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York, England. Dr. Levin will be in England from January to July 2015.

April 5-6, 2014, Dr. Ian Borden was among those leading a stage combat workshop for the students at the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film.

Dr. Alison Stewart has been named a Hixson-Lied Professor.

Congratulations to Paul Strauss for his many 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, Germany. Additionally, Paul has received a fellowship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), a private national agency that offers competitive, merit-based grants for study and research at accredited German institutions. Finally, he also has received the Rolf und Ursula Schneider-Stiftungzur Foerderung der Geschichtswissenschaften Stipendium, a summer research grant through the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuettel, Germany, to support his project. The grant includes a living stipend to defray costs while Paul is researching in Wolfenbuettel.

Congratulations to Catherine Medici-Thiemann for her many accomplishments. She has received a Mellon Fellowship to be a member of the paleography seminar led by Heather Wolfe at the Folger Shakespeare Library in summer 2014. This will help her prepare to read manuscripts when she takes up her NACBS Huntington Graduate Fellowship for 2014-2015 that supports her dissertation research at the Huntington Library 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 is one of two awards the NACBS gives annually for graduate student research. Catherine also received one of three awards for best graduate student paper from the South Central Renaissance Conference held in Tucson, Arizona.

Alyson Alvarez has received the 2014 Francis Drake travel award from the Queen Elizabeth I Society, which meets annually with the South Central Renaissance Conference.

Andrea Nichols received a Columbia University Libraries Research Fellowship for 2014-15.

On Thursday, April 17, the Medieval 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 Renaissance Studies.

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


Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and English Department student Alicia Meyer was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa. She also won the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) undergraduate essay contest award.

Dr. Ian Borden, of Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, won the Faculty Service Award

Dr. Alison Stewart, a professor in Art History, won a Fulbright Senior Lecturing/Research award to the University of Trier in Germany from April to July 2014 in order to teach a course and complete research on the 16th century painter-printmaker Sebald Beham.

Dennis Henry, a graduate student studying Directing for Stage and Screen, presented at the 15th annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference in England; see also the Hixon-Lied news article

The Daily Nebraskan wrote an article on Nate Probasco's journey from a student athlete to a doctoral student in early modern English History (April 24, 2013)

  • A 2014 update: Nate has gone on to tenure track position as Assistant Professor of History at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa.

This is a Daily Nebraskan article from Benjamin Curttright, a student from Dr. Julia Schleck's ENGL 330E: Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton class. He offers his thoughts in response to a question Dr. Schleck asked her class.

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, and, more specifically, the Elizabethan Gala from December 2013 are the subject of a recent video posted on the "NebraskaFoundation" channel on youtube.


The Medieval and Renaissance Studies program congratulates Julia Schleck, the Program's interim director for Fall 2011-Spring 2012, who received a three month short-term fellowship to the Folger Shakespeare Library. You can read more about her award here. Dr. Schleck has also won a $6,000 Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society (for summer 2012 research in London) in order to pursue her latest book project, "The Genres of Early Capitalism.”

Dr. Amy Burnett, a professor in the Department of History, won a Fulbright to Germany for 2012 in order to probe the sixteenth century controversy about the Lord’s Supper from a historical, rather than theological, perspective.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Ph.D. student Nate Probasco was awarded one of three University Presidential Graduate Fellowships.

Another of the program's doctoral students, Andrea Nichols, was the subject of an interview for a series of videos for the Department of History's website, titled "Studying History at UNL."

Amy Burnett has been appointed the Paula and D. B. Varner University Professor of History. This is a great honor for Amy and a recognition of all she has achieved in research, teaching, and service. We in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program congratulate her for this great honor!

The UNL College of Arts and Sciences named Alicia Meyer as one of 11 Dean's Scholars Society members


Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and History Department student Katlin M. Geyer was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Pamela Starr, Professor of Music History, read her paper "The Final Frontier: James Horner and 'Apollo 13'" at the conference Music and the Moving Image, at New York University in May 2011. She was also re-elected for a third (and final) term as Secretary of the American Musicological Society.


Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and History Department student Katlin M. Geyer was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa

Scarlet Newsreports on Dr. Carole Levin's involvement with a British history documentary series, helping the series with a segment on Amy Robsart; UNL Announce also provided further information, along with a video of the segment

Dr. Levin gave the pre-performance talk on Nov 5 for New York's Aquila Theatre Company’s modern interpretation of Shakespeare's comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Lied Center for Performing Arts.

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program celebrated 15 years of the program with an exhibit in the UNL Love Library.

Dr. Carole Levin’s video segment on the death of Amy Robsart in 16th century England, for the British documentary show “Mystery Files”.


Dr. Carole Levin won a UNL internal Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Fund award for her project Love and Death in Medieval and Renaissance England

UNL Professor Dr. Carole Levin curated a 'dreamy' exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Scarlet News reported on how Lindsay Kerns won the 2009 Portz Scholar award from the National Collegiate Honors Council, and Cassie Auble won the 2009 North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) undergraduate essay award.

The Daily Nebraskanreported on how "Renaissance professor Levin can't imagine life without Lincoln"

Medieval and Renaissance Studies graduate Lindsay Kerns presented her film and play about female pirate Mary Anne Talbot as part of the Women's and Gender Studies colloquium series.


Medieval and Renaissance Studies doctoral student Nate Probasco won the prestigious Othmer Fellowship


Daily Nebraskan article "NU professor's interest in medieval women leads to teaching, writing" about Dr. Carole Levin (Sept 17, 1999).