Mine the richness of the past to forge a better future. Students in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early-Modern Studies Program discover the best of premodern history, music, art, politics, culture, language, and religious and philosophical thought. The minor epitomizes the liberal arts, the hallmark of the Lafayette experience, and brings them to life.



The Medieval, Renaissance, and Early-Modern Studies Program enables students to pursue an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural understanding of the premodern world.

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Students have options among four introductory courses, over 25 intermediate courses, and about 30 upper-level courses.

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Nearly 30 professors from 10 different departments contribute a wide range of expertise to the program.

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Contact Us

Olga Anna Duhl
Program Co-chair
427 Pardee Hall
(610) 330-5231

Eric Ziolkowski
Program Co-chair
334 Pardee Hall
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 330-5181

MREMS Events

Laura Auricchio, Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies and Associate
Professor of Art History at The New School for Public Engagement: “The Marquis: Lafayette
Reconsidered,” delivered on October 16, 2014 in Skillman Library, in conjunction with the
celebration of the 257th anniversary of the Marquis de La Fayette.

The Paul and June Schlueter Lecture in the Art and History of the Book, “Tangled Texts in
Early Modern England,” delivered by Heather Wolfe, the Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger
Shakespeare Library on October 9, 2014.

“Fashions for Animals in the Early Modern Period,” a public lecture delivered by John
Friedman, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign on
November 10, 2014 at Skillman Library.

Dr. Cleo Kearns, Department of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New York University,
presented a public lecture, “Our Lady of Paradox: the Virgin Mary on the Margins of Christian
Orthodoxy,” on March 5, 2015 in Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

Jean-Claude Mühlethaler, University of Lausanne, Center for Medieval and Post-Medieval
Studies, Switzerland, delivered a public lecture, “Communication Practices during the Reign of
Charles VI (1380-1422),” on April 9, 2015, at Skillman Library.

MREMSP Affiliated Faculty -

IDEAL Center: IDEA375: Cultural Conservation and Nanotechnology Team “Practices In
Preparing Intonaco And Making Fresco,” February 5;

“Public Participation Fresco Painting,”
February 24-25;

“Looking Back At The Flood Of Florence In 1966: Disaster, Recovery, And
Cultural Conservation” (Professor Ahl),March 4;

“Armenian Monuments in Turkey: History,
Memory,and the Polictics of Preservation” (Professor Goshgarian), April 1.

For more information, see http://ideal.lafayette.edu/programs/cultural-conservation-and-nanotechnology.