Carnegie Mellon Press Release: March 12, 2004
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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
March 12, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Creates Consortium For Medevial and Renaissance Studies

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University and other Pittsburgh-area colleges and universities have created the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (PCMRS), an interdisciplinary, intercampus organization of scholars working in medieval, Renaissance and early modern studies throughout the western Pennsylvania region.

The consortium, funded through a grant from Carnegie Mellon, consists of six institutions: Carnegie Mellon, Chatham College, Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, Slippery Rock University and West Virginia University. The short-term goal of the organization is to create a comprehensive Web site that provides a common calendar of lectures and other events taking place at each institution. It also is designed to provide biographical information on scholars in the area, including information about their teaching and research. The prototype for the Web site can be found at

"Because I have had such rewarding experiences working with medieval and Renaissance scholars throughout the region, I decided to try and organize them into a group that could focus common interests and resources," said Michael Witmore, an assistant professor of literary and cultural studies in the Department of English at Carnegie Mellon.

The PCMRS is hosting its inaugural lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Frick Fine Arts Building at the University of Pittsburgh. The speaker will be Roger Chartier, Directeur d'Études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the Annenberg Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the founder of a field known as "the history of the book," which examines who bought and sold particular books rather than simply reading what's in them. Chartier's lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program.


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