While the Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies has, as of 23 July 2010, officially closed its doors, we will be maintaining a skeleton staff through June 30, 2011, to produce Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal and to meet various commitments to our partners on campus and in the community.

We continue to build an on-line archive to gather the work of participants in the summer seminar “Re-Mapping the Renaissance: Exchange between Early Modern Islam and Europe,” sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Particular programs will continue to thrive thanks to wonderful colleagues and partners.

A Medieval and Early Modern Field Committee, convened by Phil Soergel, Department of History, has been organized to sustain the intellectual community of scholars here at the University.  Contact Courtney Connolly, cconnoll@umd.edu. Subscribed faculty and graduate students may post announcements to ren-fac@umd.edu.

Merry Wiesner-Hanks (mwh@uwm.edu), Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has taken the Attending to Early Modern Women symposium series under her wing. The next symposium is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, June 23, 2012. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has generously agreed to support the symposium in 2015 and 2018 as well.

Imagination Stage has scheduled the next Shakespeare Monologue Festival for students grades six through nine for Thursday, 17 March, 2011. For more information, contact David Markey (dmarkey@ImaginationStage.org) at Imagination Stage.

Shakespeare Camp, too, promises to continue under the auspices Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission. The camp at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts is tentatively set for June 27 through July 8, 2011, and we will post information about the camp held at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Consult MNCPPC’s SmartLink listings in February 2011.

Many of the Center’s Outreach initiatives have moved to the College of Education. Dr. Margaret Walker will coordinate Crossing Borders/Breaking Boundaries, a multidisciplinary professional development program for teachers.  Seminars for Teachers is now housed in the College of Education. Contact Cheryl MacLean, sft@umd.edu, for more information. The Northwood Collaboration, too, is overseen from the College of Education. Contact Dina Shafey, dshafey@umd.edu, for details about that program.

Teachers who participated in the Arts of Tibet summer seminar, July 2010, are reminded that the first follow-up session is scheduled for Saturday, October 30, 2010, at the Sackler Gallery. Contact Gillian Knoll (gilliank@umd.edu) with questions.

We look forward to our continued work together.

Karen Nelson | knelson@umd.edu