Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lectures
Each year, CMRS sponsors Distinguished Visiting Scholars whose knowledge enriches the academic life of UCLA’s students and faculty, and promotes scholarship in the larger community. CMRS DVS present classes and seminars, participate in conferences and symposia, and deliver public lectures.
Annual Richard and Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture
The History of the Book Lecture series, established in 1993 through the efforts of Richard and Mary Rouse, provides an annual venue for internationally recognized authorities on medieval and Renaissance books to present their expertise at UCLA. Among the topics explored in past lectures were: book and manuscript illustration, the development of printing, early book printers and sellers, the book trade, and medieval and Renaissance book and manuscript collections.
Annual Armand Hammer Art History Lecture
Every year the Center invites an internationally recognized scholar in art history to deliver the Hammer Lecture, funded by the Armand Hammer Endowment for the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Annual Will & Lois Matthews Samuel Pepys Lecture
Professor William Matthews, a member of UCLA’s English Department faculty and the Center’s second Director (1970-1972), was an authority on the life and writings of the seventeenth-century British wit and diarist Samuel Pepys. With the assistance of his wife Lois, Matthews and his co-editor Robert Latham produced the definitive edition (eleven volumes) of Pepys’s works, which was published incrementally between 1971 and 1983. The Matthewses’ will, which endows the Center’s annual lecture and also a festive dinner, specifies that the event should be scheduled to coincide with Pepys’s own annual celebration commemorating surgery he endured on March 26, 1658 — quite an ordeal in the seventeenth century!