The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) was established in1963. Its goal is to promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of the period from Late Antiquity to the mid-seventeenth century in order to better understand cultural, social, religious, and political issues that are rooted in the deep past yet continue to resonate in our contemporary world. CMRS supports the research activities of faculty in about 25 academic disciplines and offers fellowships and grants to students. It sponsors lectures, seminars, and conferences, and hosts visiting scholars and postdoctoral researchers. Its publications include Viator, internationally recognized as one of the best scholarly journals in the field; Comitatus, a graduate student journal; and Cursor Mundi, a series of books and collections.
Massimo Ciavolella studied at the Universities of Bologna, Rome, and British Columbia, where he received his PhD in classical, medieval and Renaissance studies. He taught at Carleton University (Ottawa) and at the University of Toronto before coming to his present positions as Professor in the Departments of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Director of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He has published extensively in his areas of specialization, which include Italian Renaissance literature, Boccaccio, and Renaissance theories of love. He is currently co-editor with Professor Luigi Ballerini of the University of Toronto Press’ “Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library.”