We’re Expanding: Events 2015


Okay everyone, listen up!

We’re in a period of transition whereby the Program in Medieval Studies is being morphed into the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Already, our Graduate Certificate Program has been officially converted to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and a transition at the undergraduate minor level is under way. As it is, students wanting to take early modern courses may do so with the director’s (that is, my) approval

Lectures in 2015

Professor Albert Russell Ascoli from University of California at Berkeley was sponsored by us to give a paper. “Performing Salvation in Dante’s Divine Comedy,” which was delivered in the Annenberg Forum on Jan. 29th 2015. The lecture was very well attended, particularly by students in the foreign languages. We had an audience of around 100 people. Roberta Morosini and I interviewed Ascoli for a podcast, as well.

Professor Jeremy Yudkin, Distinguished Professor of Music at Boston University presented “Mysic and Lyric in Bernart de Ventadorn” on Feb. 26th The talk was co-sponsored by Music and occurred in tandem with a talk by Yudkin on jazz artist Miles Davis. The talk was attended by students in music and faculty and sparked some interesting debate about Ventadorn’s work, as it is often taught in music history courses on the undergraduate level. Yudkin has a stellar background with teaching at Cambridge, Oxford, the Ecole Normale in Paris, etc. We felt that partnering with Music was a success.

Professor Brian Catlos, Department of Religious Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder, presented “Vulnerability, Violence and Resistance: Muslims in Medieval Span.” Pugh Auditorium, March 31, 2015. The talk was funded in part by the NEH via the Humanities Institute. Catlos has appeared on PBS and in other prominent media contexts and his talk was attended by around 100 people including many students and faculty from various departments. His talk was very relevant to our current situation given tensions in the West concerning Islamic culture. There were many questions and lively debate.

Professor Robin Barnes, Dept. of History, Davidson College presented “God and the Stars,” April 20th, 2015; Barnes presented materials from a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press on Lutheranism’s being blended with occult belief in sixteenth century Germany. The talk included many visual materials and represented new findings. This talk was co-sponsored by the Dept. of Religion.



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