Public Programs


Public Lectures

In the spring of 2012, ACMRS broadened its community outreach efforts by adding a public lecture series as a complement to its annual public symposium. Through these and other of its programs, the center serves as a mutually beneficial bridge between the scholarly community and the general public.

Distinguished Lectures in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

In the spring of 1999, ACMRS established its Distinguished Lecture Series in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Each semester, the Center brings an eminent scholar to ASU for a few days to present a free public lecture, followed by a complimentary reception. While at ASU, Distinguished Lecturers interact with upper-division and/or graduate classes and meet informally with students and faculty. Often, ACMRS is also able to arrange presentations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Ad-Hoc Lectures

From time to time, ACMRS sponsors free public lectures by both visiting and local scholars. See a list of past lectures, and watch the calendar of events for upcoming talks.


ACMRS is dedicated to community outreach, the core of which is an annual fall symposium. These symposia explore topics of interest to the general public. In past years they have dealt with subjects such as Don Quixote, Robin Hood, Elizabeth I, J.R.R. Tolkien, love and sex in medieval and Renaissance Italy, Arthurian legends, Jews, Early Modern and Modern witch hunts, music and dance in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and death and dying in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Educational Workshops for Teachers

The ACMRS is initiating an exciting new program in Tempe public and private schools: teacher training in the history, literature, and methodology of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The program will enable teachers to use a wealth of folklore from Europe, North and South America, Southeast Asia and West Africa, contextualize it in its chronological framework, and most importantly, bring out the value and the fascination of these stories for elementary and intermediate school students.

Reading Groups

ACMRS hosts Latin and early vernacular language reading groups on the ASU Tempe campus every semester. These groups are free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about these groups and the times that they meet.