UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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As an Organized Research Unit of the University of California, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies supports the research activities of some 140 faculty members in twenty-eight different academic disciplines and programs. The Center offers fellowships and support for both graduate and undergraduate education, sponsors lectures, seminars, and conferences, and hosts visiting scholars and researchers. Its annual publications are Viator, established in 1969, and Comitatus, one of the oldest graduate student journals. A variety of books and monographs have also been published under the Center's aegis. CMRS does not award academic degrees, but provides information and educational opportunities to students, and consults with academic departments in the development of relevant classes. Massimo Ciavolella

Massimo Ciavolella is the Director of the Center and a Professor in the Departments of Italian and Comparative Literature.

The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) was established during academic year 1962-63 through the inspiration of the distinguished historian Lynn White, Jr., who served as its first director. Its goal is to promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of the period from late antiquity to the mid-seventeenth century, in order to better understand cultural, social, religious, and political issues that are rooted in the deep past yet continue to resonate in our contemporary world. The first page of the original draft and the complete submitted proposal for the establishment of the Center can be viewed as PDFs.

The Church of Saint Ambrose in Milan, inspiration for the Lombard Romanesque style of UCLA's Royce Hall and Powell Library. UCLA's most iconic building is Royce Hall, where CMRS is located in Room 302 in the east tower. Photograph © 2003 by Alan Nyiri, courtesy of the Atkinson Photographic Archive.

UCLA's Royce HallChiesa di San Ambrogio, Milano



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