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Folger Institute Consortium

About the Folger Institute Consortium

In 2014 UConn became a Consortium member of the prestigious Folger Institute, a center for advanced study and collections-focused research in the humanities. Through its multi-disciplinary cross-cultural programs and residential research fellowships, the Folger Institute gathers knowledge communities and establishes fresh research and teaching agendas for early modern humanities. This area of study spans from the 14th through the 18th centuries, focusing on a wide range of relevant texts, issues, and questions. The Institute fosters targeted investigations of the world-class Folger collection and is based out of the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Consortium acts as an advisory body to the Institute, with members meeting bi-annually in D.C. to work with Folger staff on program development and scholarly outreach, among other things. By virtue of UConn's membership, our students, staff, and faculty have access to the Institute’s tremendous range of research, educational and artistic offerings. Check out the “Ruff Draughts” blog for some faculty and staff reflections on time spent at the Folger.

“Before Farm to Table” Workshop
Amanda Herbert, Assistant Director for Fellowships discussing with Wendy Wall, visiting scholar from Northwestern University and Brendan Kane, Co-PI, Humility & Conviction in Public Life.

Opportunities and Successes

UConn's Humanities Institute runs our Consortium membership with the Folger with an interdisciplinary approach. Students and faculty from across our departments and schools—including but not limited to History, English, LCL and the Fine Arts—have attended programs and taken funded research trips to the Folger. UCHI uses its Consortium membership to strengthen the UConn's intellectual community through the “Early Modern Studies” program series, which focuses on scholarly exchange, skills development, and professionalization. The “Early Modern Cultural Encounters” reading group explores ideas on a global scale and introduces participants to scholarship that frequently lies well outside their area of specialty.

The “Transcribathon” is an ongoing paleography workshop that not only hones research skills but also will produce, through association with the Folgers’ “Early Modern Manuscripts Online” project, an edition of a previously unpublished manuscript from the Library’s collections.

And a running lecture series—consisting of invited outside speakers and works-in-progress presentations by UConn scholars—connects our students and faculty with a diverse range of practitioners in the field.

UConn’s Consortium membership and its “Early Modern Studies” initiative provide a range of opportunities for students, staff, and faculty; all are encouraged to take part regardless of school or department. Our UConn community members may take advantage of Folger opportunities by applying for their fellowships and scholarly programs, which include workshops of varying lengths held in DC and throughout the consortium of forty-six universities.

rough draughts blog

Ruff Draughts

Faculty and staff reflect on time spent at the Folger Institute.
Read Ruff Draughts

If you are interested in submitting a post to Ruff Draughts or wish to contact the Early Modern Studies Working Group, please e-mail Nathan Braccio or Melissa Rohrer at

UConn's Folger Consortium Committee

Lyn Tribble (UConn Folger Rep)
Rosa Helena Chinchilla (LCL/Spanish)
Kenneth Gouwens (History)
Eric Rice (Music)
Brendan Kane (History)

Folger-related events and grants are facilitated by the Early Modern Studies Working Group Coordinators:
Alyse O'Hara (PhD student, English)
Katharine Beene (PhD student, History)

Grants for Folger Research

Humility in Politics forum at the Folger Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C.
Michael Lynch, director of UConn's Humanities Institute, facilitates the panel discussion with Krista Tippet of NPR and David Brooks of the New York Times.
Photo by Garrett Hubbard, GH studios

For more information go to or contact Lyn Tribble, UConn/Folger representative (