Saint Louis University

A Message from the Director

Thomas F Madden

There are few institutions of higher learning in America with the wealth of resources and talent devoted to medieval and early modern studies as Saint Louis University. Simply walking across campus one is struck by this fact. From the stunning Gothic architecture of St. Francis Xavier College Church to the unique collections of the Vatican Film Library to the flurry of posters and placards advertising lectures, symposia and conferences - everywhere it is clear that Saint Louis University is a place where medieval and early modern studies are vibrantly alive. They are at the very heart of the institution.

As Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, my job is to promote, support, and coordinate this bounty of intellectual energy. The Center, through its endowments, grants, and generous support of the Friends brings to Saint Louis University an array of conferences, speakers, and fellows who enrich every aspect of medieval and early modern studies. The Center brings together more than sixty faculty members including some of the most distinguished medievalists and early modernists in the world. It serves hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students who come to Saint Louis University to study the rich history of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

I invite you to explore this website and discover for yourself the wide array of activities and opportunities that are offered by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. And if you have any questions or suggestions, please drop me a line. I'd like to hear from you.

Thomas F. Madden, Ph.D. 
Director, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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