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Past Lectures

The Center for Medieval Studies hosts a series of scholarly lectures each semester to which all faculty, graduate students, interested undergraduate students and interested members of the general public are invited. Each lecture is followed by a reception hosted by the Center. Talks, which are offered by the Fordham Medieval Fellows, the Fordham faculty, and medieval scholars specifically invited to Fordham for the lecture series, range over all the disciplines.

Spring 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 6:00 pm
Emanuel Fiano, Fordham University 
The Trinitarian Debates, the Rise of Theological Debates, and the Parting of the Ways in Late Antiquity

Wednesday, February 21, 6:00 pm
Susan Boynton, Columbia University 
Guiraut Riquier's Songs: Time and Memory 

Thursday April 12,1:00 pm 
Thomas Madden, St. Louis University 
The War of Towers: Italian Maritime Rivalries in Thirteenth-Century Crusader Syria 



Fall 2017

Friday, September 29, 12:00 pm
John D. Niles, UC Berkeley & Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison 
Total Medicine: An Approach to the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Healing Texts

Thursday, October 19, 6:00 pm
Richard Teverson, Fordham University 
Roman Royal Histories: The Cultural Legacies of Kingdoms Allied to the Roman Empire After Their Annexation 

Wednesday, November 8, 12:00 pm
Teodolinda Barolini, Columbia University 
Realism Versus Reality in Dante's Paradiso 

Monday, November 27, 6:30 pm
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano (formerly of Anonymous 4)
A Flower in Winter: The Challenges and Rewards of Singing Hildegard
Co-sponsored by the Music Department 




Spring 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 4:30 p.m.
Medieval Poetry Reading
Walsh Library, O'Hare Special Collections

Thursday, April 27, 5:30 p.m.
Frank Coulson (Ohio State University)
A Newly Discovered Fragment of Giovanni del Virgilio's Expositio on the Metamorphoses in Walsh Library, Fordham University, Duane Library 351


Fall 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 6 p.m.
Robert Pinsky (Boston University)
Quickness and Form, Absence and Being: a Technical Approach to Inferno
Corrigan Conference Center, Fordham University Lincoln Center
Co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies

Wednesday, September 14, 12 p.m.
Magda Teter (Fordham University)
Simon of Trent: A Liminal Figure in Jewish-Christian Relations
Walsh Library, O'Hare Special Collections

Friday, September 30, 3 p.m.
Robin Fleming (Boston College)
Vanishing Plants, Animals, and Places Britain's Transformation from Roman to Medieval
Humanities Institute, Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden
The lecture will be followed by an exhibit of medieval and Renaissance herbals

Saturday, October 1, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Biduum Latinum Fordhamense (Latin Bootcamp)
New York Botanical Garden
Prior registration is required; Please RSVP to

Friday, October 14, 2016
Scott Bruce (University of Colorado Boudler)
Reading: The Book of the Undead
Location and time to be determined

Sunday, October 30, 10 a.m.
Sarit Kattan Gribetz (Fordham University)
Lecture and Tour of the Met Exhibit: "Jerusalem 1000-1400"
The Met Fifth Avenue

Tuesday, December 6, 6 p.m.
John McCaskey (2016-17 Medieval Fellow: Fordham University)
Inductio: The Medieval Transmission and Humanist Solution to 'The Scandal of Philosophy'
Walsh Library, O'Hare Special Collections



Spring 2016

Monday, January 25, 1 p.m.
Thelma Fenster (Fordham University)
Christine de Pizan and Poetic Justice for the Jews. Or not.
Campbell Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, February 23, 5 p.m.
Dee Dyas (University of York)
The Dynamics of Pilgrimage: Sensory Experience and the Power of Place
Walsh Library, O'Hare Special Collections Room

Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.
Marc Epstein (Vassar College) and Sarah Lipton (SUNY Stony Brook)
Jews in Medieval Art: A View from the Inside and Outside
Fordham Law School, LAW 1-01, LC Campus
Offered in connection with Magda Teter's Medieval Jewish history class; co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies.

Wednesday, April 20, 1 p.m.
Jonathan Phillips (University of London, Royal Holloway)
The Memory of Saladin in the Modern Middle East
O'Hare Special Collections Room, Walsh Library, Rose Hill Campus

Fall 2015

Thursday, September 17, 1 p.m.
Sarit Kattan Gribetz (Fordham University)
The Mothers in the Manuscripts: Christian Origins according to the Jewish Life of Jesus (Toledot Yeshu)
McGinley Music Room

Tuesday, October 13, 6:45 p.m.
Joshua O'Driscoll (Morgan Library and Museum)
The insight of inscriptions: Writing for Images in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries
McGinley 235

Thursday, November 12, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Christopher Baswell (Columbia University and Barnard College)
Master Class on Scholarly Editing (by RSVP only; email
Campbell Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, December 1, 1 p.m.
Ronald Herzman (State University of New York College at Geneseo)
Dante and the Frescoes at the Sancta Sanctorum
Campbell Multipurpose Room

Spring 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 6:45 p.m.
Brian Reilly (Fordham University)
Seeing Irony in Chrétien de Troyes's Cligès
McGinley 236

Monday, February 9, 1 p.m.
Eleanor Johnson (Columbia University)
Dramatic Contemplation: Participatory Likeness in the Play of Wisdom
Walsh Library, O'Hare Special Collections Room

Saturday , March 7, 9 a.m.
35th Annual Conference of the Center of Medieval Studies
Reading and Writing in City, Court, and Cloister
Lincoln Center Campus

Tuesday, March 24, 1 p.m.
Bruce O'Brien (University of Mary Washington)
Written Languages, Translation. and Ethnicity in the Aftermath of the Norman Conquest
Walsh Library, O'Hare Special Collections Room

Fall 2014

Monday, September 15, 1 p.m.
Alex Novikoff (Fordham University)
The Ars Disputandi and the "Art" of Disputation
Walsh Library, O'Hare Special Collections Room

Friday, October 10, 4 p.m.
Emma Campbell (University of Warwick)
Genre Trouble: Translating Textual and Sexual Identities in Old French Saints' Lives and Romance
Faculty Lounge, McGinley 237

Thursday, November 6, 1 p.m.
Andrew Irving (The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church)
Mass Transit: Mass Book Design in the Twelfth Century
Walsh Library, O'Hare Special Collections Room

Tuesday, December 9, 6 p.m.
David Wrisley (Medieval Fellow and American University of Beirut)
Islamicate Worlds, the Late Medieval Court of Burgundy and the Mediterranean: Representations, Encounters, Debates
Faculty Lounge, McGinley 237

Spring 2014

Thursday, January 23, 1 p.m.
Robert Davis (Fordham University)
Feeling Nothing: Affect and Absence in
Late Medieval Christian Devotion
Campbell Multipurpose Room, Campbell Hall

Tuesday, February 25, 5:15 p.m.
Janine Peterson (Marist College and Medieval Fellow)
Between Sanctity and Heresy: Suspect Saints in
Late Medieval Italy

McGinley Center, Faculty Lounge

Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30
34th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies
The French of Outremer: Communications and Communities
in the Crusading Mediterranean
Lincoln Center Campus, 12th Floor Lounge

Monday, April 28, 1 p.m.
Mathew Mesley (University of Zürich and Medieval Fellow)
Beyond Celibacy: Medieval Bishops and the Representation and Regulation of Clerical Masculinity.
Walsh Library, O’Hare Special Collections Room

Spring 2013

Monday, February 4, 5:15 p.m.
Tia Kolbaba (Rutgers University)
"All things are clear and open that are in the divine scriptures":
Interpretative Ideals and Polemical Purposes in Byzantine Exegesis
McGinley Center, Faculty Lounge
Co-sponsored with Orthodox Christian Studies

Wednesday, February 20, 7 p.m.
Film and Discussion: "The Way" (2010)
Introduced by Richard Gyug(Fordham University)
Flom Auditorium, Walsh Library
Co-sponsored with Frances and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies

Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10
33rd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies
Putting England in Its Place:
Cultural Relations and Cultural Production

Lincoln Center Campus, 12th floor lounge

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 p.m.
Susan Foran (University of Bergen and Fordham Medieval Fellow)
A Nation of Knights: Chivalry and National History in
Late Medieval Scotland

McGinley Center, Music Room

Monday, April 22, 12:45 p.m.
Pamela O. Long (National Humanities Center)
Thinking with Technologies and Material Culture in
Medieval Europe

McGinley Center, Faculty Lounge
Co-sponsored with the Department of History

Fall 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 12:30 p.m.
Andrew Albin (Fordham University)
Canor and Its Discontents: The Vicissitudes of Mystical Angelic Song in Late Medieval England
Walsh Library, O’Hare Special Collections Room

Friday, October 18, 4:30 p.m.
Christopher Given-Wilson (University of St Andrews)
Writing a Chronicle in the Late Middle Ages
McGinley Center, Faculty Lounge

Thursday, November 21, 12:45 p.m.
Dale Kinney (Bryn Mawr)
The Triconch Churches near Sohag,Upper Egypt
Walsh Library, O’Hare Special Collections Room

Tuesday, December 3, 4 p.m.
Monica Green (Arizona State University)
The Differential Impact of the Medical Translations
Coming out of Southern Italy, Spain, and the
Crusader Kingdoms in the 11th and 12th Centuries
McGinley Center, Faculty Lounge

Spring 2012

Friday, January 20, 4:30 p.m.
O'Hare Room, 4th Floor, Walsh Library, Rose Hill Campus
Queenship and the Language of Command: Some Evidence from the English Chancery Records
Lisa Benz St. John, Fordham Medieval Fellow

Monday, February 13, 1 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, McGinley Center, Rose Hill Campus
John Chrysostom on the Biology of Madness and the Pathology of Sin
Wendy Mayer, Australian Catholic University
Co-Sponsored by Christian Orthodox Studies and the Department of Theology

Thursday, March 8, 4 p.m.
Butler Commons, Duane Library, Rose Hill Campus
Woden's Tree and Christ's Cross, The Mystery of the Stave Church
Ronald G. Murphy, SJ, Georgetown University
Loyola Chair Lecture

March 31-April 1, Leon Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center Campus
32nd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies
Think Romance! : Re-conceptualizing a Medieval Genre
Co-Sponsored with the Department of English

Friday, May 4, 5:15 p.m.
Butler Commons, Duane Library, Rose Hill Campus
Balance and Imagination: The Impact of a New Model of Equilibrium on Scholastic Thought, 1250-1350
Joel Kaye, Barnard College

Fall 2011

Thursday, October 13, 5:30 p.m.
Tognino Hall, Duane Library, Rose Hill Campus
Blood Matters: Reading with the Heart in Medieval Devotional Literature
Jocelyn Wogan Browne, Fordham University
Inaugural Lecture, Thomas F. X. Mullarkey Chair in English Literature

Monday, October 31, 5:15 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, McGinley Center, Rose Hill Campus
The Power of the Anglo-Saxon Concubine: Aelfgifu of Northampton
Helen Damico, University of New Mexico

Thursday, November 17, 1 p.m.
Campbell Multipurpose Room, Campbell Hall, Rose Hill Campus
The Apocalyptic First Crusade, 1095-1099
Jay C. Rubenstein, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Friday, December 9, 4:30 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge, Leon Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center Campus
Building-in-Time: Thinking and Making Architecture in the Premodern Age
Marvin Trachtenberg, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Spring 2011

Sunday, February 13, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge, Leo Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center
Challenging the Myths of Art History: A Symposium in Honor of Linda Seidel

Saturday, February 26, 1 - 5 p.m.
South Lounge, Leon Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center
A Symposium on Skaldic Poetry

Thursday, March 3, 12:45 p.m.
Music Room, 2nd Floor, McGinley Center
Cipher, Celebrant, Symbol: Painting Priestly Identity in Late Medieval Italy
Gregory Waldrop, SJ, Fordham University
See article on Fr. Waldrop's talk from Inside Fordham

Friday, March 25, 1 p.m.
University Commons, 3rd Floor, Duane Library
The Virtues of Jesus in Aquinas and Bonaventure
Joseph Wawrykow, University of Notre Dame
Sponsored by the Department of Theology

March 26-27, Leon Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center
31st Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies
The Metaphysics of Aquinas and Its Modern Interpreters: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives

Friday, April 8, 5 p.m.
O'Hare Room, 4th Floor, Walsh Library
Ambiguity in Medieval Icelandic Sagas
Rolf Stavnem, Fordham Medieval Fellow and University of Aarhus

Fall 2010

Wednesday, Sept. 22,  3:30 p.m.
Tognino Hall, 2nd floor, Duane Library
London Theatre before the Theatre (1576) or How I Spent My Summer Vacations
Mary C. Erler, Fordham University
Third Annual English Department Inaugural Lecture

Friday, Sept. 24, 5:15 p.m.
Flom Auditorium, Walsh Library
Tales from a Forgotten Rome: Pagan Image Programs in the Early Christian City
Susanna McFadden, Fordham University

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 11:45 a.m.
O'Hare Room, 4th floor, Walsh Library
What's Your Pleasure? Mass-Market Medieval Romance
Nicola McDonald, Fordham Medieval Fellow and University of York, UK
See article on Dr. McDonald's talk from Inside Fordham

Friday, November 19, 5:15 p.m.
O'Hare Room, 4th floor, Walsh Library
DYSTOPIA: Augustine's City of Gaud
Peter Kaufmann, University of Richmond
Co-sponsored with the Dept. of Theology

Monday, Dec. 6, 12:45 p.m.
Tognino Hall, 2nd floor, Duane Library
Vengeance, Jews, and the Christ Child in Les Enfaunces Jesu Crist (Bodleian)
MS Selden Supra 38)
Maija Birenbaum, Fordham Medieval Fell