All events are held at the Annmary Brown Memorial (21 Brown Street) at 5:30 PM and free of charge unless otherwise indicated.




  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Jeffrey Muller, Professor of History of Art and Architecture

"Christian Slaves in Algiers and the Confraternity of the Holy Trinity in the St. Jacob's Church, Antwerp."

  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013, Anne McCants, Professor of History, MIT School of Humanities and Social Sciences

"Becoming Consumers: Asiatic Goods in Migrant and Native-born Middling Households in 18th Century Amsterdam."

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Anston Bosman, Assoc. Prof. of English, Amherst College

"Northern Renaissance Drama: A Media Ecology"

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Wim Klooster, Professor & Chair, Department of History, Clark University



THE GLOBAL LOWLANDS IN THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD: 1300-1800: A Conference on Dutch and Flemish History and Cultlure in a Worldwide Perspective at Brown University, April 4-5, 2014 (

MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN HISTORY SEMINAR (with department of History) Schedule


Tuesday, September 24, 5:30 pm – The 34th William F. Church Memorial Lecture, John Brewer (Eli and Edye Broad Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology) will give a talk entitled “Vesuvius and Pompeii: travel, tourism, science and the imagination in the early nineteenth century”. A small reception will follow the lecture. Free and open to the public.

"Microhistory and the Histories of Everyday Life" by John Brewer







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*Friday, May 16, 2014 – 2:00-4:00pm

Symposium, “Cities and their Regions in the Early Modern Atlantic”

Event will feature two speakers:

“Invisible cities: space and the politics of comparison in the Portuguese oceanic worlds”

Ananya Chakravarti, American University in Cairo, and

“Comparative Perspectives on the Urban Atlantic World”

Wim Klooster, Clark University

Wheatley Hall, Floor 6, Room 47, UMass Boston, Boston, MA 02125

Directions: Public transportation to UMass Boston: Take the Red Line to the JFK/UMass stop, then board the free five-minute shuttle to campus. Driving directions may be found here (parking is $6): / For a campus map:

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UPCOMING EVENTS (a star indicates a newly listed item)


Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – 10:30am-5:30pm

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and Related Literature and the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Thomas Browne Seminar, “Classical Philosophers in Seventeenth Century English Thought”

Keynote speakers: Jessica Wolfe, University of North Carolina and Sarah Hutton, Aberystwyth University

Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre, CREMS, University of York

Open to all – entrance free and no registration required

For full programme of times and speakers visit:

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Saturday June 21, 2014 - Noon–2:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Third Annual Gardeners’ Guild Lunch and Talk

Talk given by, Wes Autio, UMass Amherst

Enjoy a lunch on our back patio followed by a presentation

For addition information contact:  (413) 577-3600 /

Members only – Invitation only! Not a member? Pick up a form at 650 East Pleasant St, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA  01002


Thursday, June 26-28, 2014 – Various times

Sponsored by Goldsmiths, University of London

Conference, “Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (C.1500-c.1815)

Keynote speakers:

Irena Backus, University of Geneva

Nigel Smith, Princeton University

Christopher Rowland, University of Oxford

Various locations on the Goldsmiths, University of London campus

For complete program, list of speakers, and registration visit:


Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – 11:00am–1:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Enchanted Circle Theater ~ Acting Shakespeare

Reading Room, 650 East Pleasant Street, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA  01002

Student actors from Holyoke school system’s summer acting program will present scenes from a Shakespeare play, using the Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s main stage. Stay for a light picnic lunch afterwards!

For addition information contact: (413) 577-3600 /

No reservations required. Free and open to the public.