Virtual Seminar!

The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies is now accepting applications for the first-ever undergraduate seminar, which will take place virtually in Fall 2021.

This 10-week course will use the multidisciplinary field of book history to explore how medieval and early modern people used different media—theological texts, maps, travel narratives, reference works, literature, and more—to make sense of a changing world. Through lectures, discussions, and interactive workshops with faculty from CRS consortium institutions, participants will learn how book history can illuminate the ways in which premodern people used religion, science, art, and technology to grapple with new economic, intellectual, and cultural challenges in a rapidly-expanding global community. In so doing, students will develop a framework for using the past to help illuminate and guide their own contemporary experience.

This seminar is free and open for undergraduate students in any field of medieval or early modern studies, but space is limited. Priority will be given to undergraduates from CRS consortium institutionsAccepted students must make arrangements with their home institutions to receive credit for the course. Please direct any questions to

For more information about the course, including guest speakers and a link to apply, please visit the course website here: