In 1957, medieval studies at Cornell was strengthened by the appointment of Isaac Rabinowitz, a scholar of the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea scrolls, and medieval and Renaissance Jewish intellectual history.

In 1959, the College of Arts and Sciences created an “Interdepartmental Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Studies” chaired by Prof. Walter Hoyt French, author of an important study on early English romance, “Essays on King Horn” (1940). Some medievalists in the College reportedly were unhappy with the Anglo-centric focus of the committee.
During the 1960s, Cornell students of medieval studies were active in politics. In 1961 Del Greenblatt (b. 1940) participated in the “Freedom Rides” in Jackson, Mississippi. She was arrested on June 9.

Also in the 1960s, students complained that it was difficult to find courses on medieval history. In a “Letter to the Editor” published in the Cornell Daily Sun on 3 May 1966, one student wrote: “The average student can’t get any course covering medieval history in depth.”