The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Programs

August 19, 2009

Dear Tulane Faculty,

I am delighted to announce that Tulane University has now joined the Newberry's Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium.

As the Director of the Center notes, "We still call ourselves a Center for 'Renaissance' Studies, but in fact our programming, supported by the Newberry's world-class research collections, ranges from the Middle Ages to the late 18th century. So we will be able to provide some exciting opportunities for Tulane graduate students and faculty working in many early humanities fields."

As the Consortium has a reciprocal agreement with the Folger Institute, it also provides a link to this organization.

I have inserted below information that spells out the benefits of belonging to the Consortium. I hope that many of you and your students will be able to benefit from our membership.

I would like to thank Mike Kuczynski of the Department of English for his willingness to serve as our faculty representative and the Provost for supporting this initiative.

Best regards,

Carole Haber
Professor of History
Dean, School of Liberal Arts

The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Programs

Consortium travel funds may be used by participants and attendees for all Center programs, and for research trips to the Newberry, with the approval of the home institution's Newberry Committee/Representative Council member.

For details of current programs, see the Center's web site at

  • École Nationale des Chartes Exchange fellowship: sends one graduate student each year for three months' study at the École Nationale des Chartes in Paris, while bringing a French student or professor from the École to the Newberry for summer research. Preference is given to students enrolled at consortium institutions.
  • Graduate seminars: taught at the Newberry by consortium scholars; priority for enrollment for consortium graduate students; $1,000 enrollment fee waived for consortium graduate students.
  • Seminars, lectures, symposia, and conferences: held throughout the academic year.
  • Annual graduate student conference: organized and run by consortium graduate students, with online publication of proceedings.
  • Warwick-Newberry collaboration: summer workshops and visiting research fellowships held at the University of Warwick and the Newberry Library, open by application only to advanced consortium graduate students and recent post-docs. Expenses, including travel and housing, covered from a Mellon Foundation grant.
  • Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography in French, English, Spanish, and Italian paleography, hosted by the Center for Renaissance Studies and partner institutions. Open to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. and Canadian institutions and qualified independent scholars. Expenses, including travel and housing, covered from a Mellon Foundation grant.
  • Folger Institute reciprocal agreement: faculty and graduate students at consortium institutions may apply to Folger seminars and other programs; upon acceptance seminar fees are waived and consortium funds may be used for travel (with home institution approval). Consortium travel funds may also be used for research at the Folger (also with home institution approval).