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The Marco Institute is an internationally acclaimed center for the study of the history and culture of the premodern world, from roughly 300 to 1700 C.E. With our rich schedule of lectures, workshops, and symposia; multiple fellowship opportunities for faculty and graduate students; graduate certificate and Summer Latin Program; and undergraduate major and minor, we pursue the research and teaching of the early periods at the highest levels.

Our award-winning faculty represents a wide range of disciplines, and we boast special strengths in the history of the book and reading practices; in the religious and intellectual history and culture of late antique, medieval, and Renaissance Europe and the Near East; and in medieval and Renaissance epic traditions. Our interdisciplinary approach and collaborative enterprises contribute to the intellectual life of the UT campus, the Knoxville community, and beyond.

We hope you will take time to explore our site to learn more about our offerings, faculty, and history. We welcome inquiries about our programs and funding opportunities. Please contact the Marco offices at

Upcoming Events:

Marco Manuscript Workshop: “Writing the World”

This year’s Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4, 2023, in the West Wing (Third Floor) of the Haslam Business Building at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is organized by Professors Charles Sanft (History) and Roy M. Liuzza (English).  Attendance is free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Writing the World” and explores manuscripts that connect readers to the world or that record encounters between people in different places, reflecting attempts to understand the world, its shape, and its centers and margins. The workshop is free and open to the public. For a list of speakers and full schedule, as well as other information, please visit

The 19th Annual Marco Symposium: “The Canon of Shakespeare at 400”

This year’s Marco Symposium, organized by Heather Hirschfeld  (English) and Gina Di Salvo (Theatre) explores 400 years of Shakespeare since the publication of the First Folio. The Symposium will be held March 24-25 in the West Wing (Third Floor), Haslam Business Building, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Symposium’s keynote will be delivered by Emma Smith (Oxford), entitled “How a Folio became the First Folio: Shakespearean Cultures in the Age of Slavery,” in Strong Hall 101 on March 24 at 5pm. The Symposium and keynote are both free and open to the public. For more information, visit