Institutions in Chicago and beyond which support our Renaissance students and faculty

Newberry Library: Center for Renaissance Studies

A world-renowned independent research library in downtown Chicago, the Newberry offers readers an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries. Its Center for Renaissance Studies, founded in 1979, promotes the use of the Newberry Library’s collection of manuscripts, printed books, and other materials by graduate students and postgraduate scholars in the fields of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies. The center works with an international consortium of universities in North America and Europe to offer a wide range of scholarly and public programs, digital resources, and funding opportunities for research at the Newberry and institutions in North America and Europe. The Newberry offers graduate courses and one day workshops on subjects such as paleography and decoding Renaissance letters, as well as public programming and exhibits, and our partnership gives University of Chicago students priority for registration and special access to Newberry resources. More information, or contact

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions. Its Renaissance galleries host secular and religious paintings and sculptures, decorative arts, ceramics, textiles, and an extensive collection of weapons and armor. In addition to the public galleries, the institute offers courses, curatorial training, internships, teaching opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and research access to its off-display collections. All University of Chicago students receive free museum admission through our partnership. More information.

Lumen Christi Institute

Located opposite the University's Booth School of Business, the Lumen Christi Institute supports programs related to the history of the Catholic Church. It hosts dinners and lectures, brings speakers from around the world, and offers non-credit courses taught by university faculty. It also provides financial support to students and faculty who lead events or projects touching on the history of Christianity, such as museum exhibits, publications, conferences, and student group events. Despite its focus on the Catholic Church, it welcomes and supports inquiry into many corners of Christianity's long history, from literary works such as Dante's Commedia to radicals and heretics such as Girolamo Savonarola. More information.

Folger Institute

The Folger Institute is a center for research in early modern humanities at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC. It offers courses, research support, workshops and seminars, theatrical performances, and has a world renowned collection of Renaissance books and documents centered on Shakespeare's England. Its partnership with the University of Chicago's Nicholson Center for British Studies offers University of Chicago students funding to travel to the Folger Institute for research, and to take courses and attend workshops. More information.

Newberry Consort

The Newberry Consort brings together singers and instrumentalists of the highest caliber to create accessible and historically informed performances of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. They inspire audiences, musicians, and scholars by providing a window into earlier times and cultures through performance, education, and research. The consort is an independent group, but frequently performs on the University of Chicago campus, and is available to work with students and faculty through classroom visits and more. More information.