We are graduate students in early modern and medieval studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and we represent the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. We recognize that our community possesses the potential to view current theoretical and methodological approaches to literature and history with an eye to both tradition and innovation. We look to the past through the lens of the future. We are committed to excellence and believe in the great potential and benefit of collaborative research to shape the horizon of academic scholarship in the humanities in new and exciting ways. We are particularly interested in the convergence of literature and history. Our desire is that this collaborative blog will provide a forum for the graduate student community where young scholars from a variety of disciplines can share research with their peers as well as established scholars. It is our hope that the facilitation of critical conversation will provide graduate students with interdisciplinary supplemental resources, feedback on their current research, and a space where their voice can be heard.