From October 17-19, 2013 Saint Martin’s University in Olympia, Washington will host the 57th annual meeting of the
Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society,

Renaissance Consumption: Food, Cooption, and Transformation.  

Plenary Speakers:

Stephen Orgel, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities, Stanford University: 

     “Real Places in Imaginary Spaces: Architecture on the Seventeenth-century Stage.”

Susan Frye, Department of English, University of Wyoming:

      "Mary Queen of Scots: Aesthetic Appetites, Courtly Consumption"


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The Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society (PNRS) is an academic organization that promotes scholarship in Early Modern Studies by hosting an annual conference. The conference is held alternately in the United States and Canada and is open to all scholars and graduate students from North America.

Traditionally the conference features two plenary speakers (speakers in the past have included Stephen Greenblatt, Barbara Lewalski, and Alexander Leggatt), up to twenty sessions of three to four papers each, a reception and a business lunch.

The PNRS is an affiliate of both the Renaissance Society of America and the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies / Société Canadienne d'études de la Renaissance.