Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Medieval Devotion


FEBRUARY 26, 2-4 pm, ROOM C-202,
Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow)

Jessica Brantley
(English, Yale University)
"Sir Thopas and the Devotional Reader."

Marlene Hennessy
(English, Hunter College, CUNY)
"London, British Library, Egerton MS 1821 and the Late Medieval Somatic Book"

Pamela Sheingorn
(History/Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center)
“Hearing an Illuminated Manuscript: The Role of the Auditory System in Performative Reading”

Friday, February 12, 2010

Dante and Boccaccio: Mythographers of Modernity

The Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University
Spring 2010 Lecture Series

Dante and Boccaccio: Mythographers of Modernity

A Lecture by
Prof. Pier Massimo Forni
Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, February 24th, 5:00 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, 12th Floor, Leon Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center Campus

The lecture is free and open to the public. A Reception will follow the talk.

For both Dante and Boccaccio, paleophilia(i.e., love for things past) was the passport into a realm of intellectual aristocracy. A love of Antiquity shaped their identities and their works with the intensity of a first love. This talk will illustrate the dynamics through which Dante put the love of Antiquity to the service of his project to become the pre-eminent poet-prophet of modernity. A glance at Boccaccio’s identity-building as a process much influenced by the figure and the work of Dante completes the talk. This lecture is co-sponsored with Literary Studies, the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences Faculty.

For more information, contact:
Center for Medieval Studies
Fordham University
(718) 817-4655


Matthew Richmond
Administrative Assistant
Center for Medieval Studies
Fordham University
(t) 718.817.4655
(f) 718.817.3987

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Megan Moore on Women's Work



Friday, February 19 at 5:00 in room 4202, the French Lounge

Dr. Megan Moore, Visiting Assistant Professor of French at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009, is now completing her book, Exchanges in Exoticism: Byzantium and the Making of the Mediterranean in Old French Romance.

The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue

Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in French
A reception will follow the lecture.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Saint and Sultan at Fordham

When the Saint Met the Sultan
A medieval ‘summit’ with 21st-century lessons?

Wednesday, 17 February 2010
6–8 p.m.

Fordham University • Lincoln Center Campus
12th floor Lounge • 113 W. 60th Street
In 1219, in the middle of the Fifth Crusade, Francis of Assisi crossed enemy lines and met the sultan of Egypt in search of peace. { That’s a fact. }

What really happened in this meeting? What does it teach us about the encounter between Christianity and Islam? What does it tell us about the use and abuse of history? { That’s a debate. }

Four authors, four contrasting views:
Paul Moses, Brooklyn College, journalist and author,
The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s
Mission of Peace

John Tolan, University of Nantes, historian and author,
Saint Francis and the Sultan: The Curious History of a Christian-Muslim Encounter

Kathleen Warren, OSF, filmmaker and author,
Daring to Cross the Threshold: Francis of Assisi Encounters Sultan Malek al-Kamil

Adnan Husain, Queen’s University Canada, historian and author,
Identity Polemics: Encounters with Islam in the Medieval Mediterranean World (1150-1300)

Free and Open to the Public
R.S.V.P. to, (212) 636-7347
For more information:

Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco at Medieval Club


Lecture: February 5, 2010 at 7:30 PM (followed by reception)

Room 4406 (English Program Lounge), The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue

Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Columbia University

"Dead Voice"

ABSTRACT I will examine the role played by the legal institution of the "dead voice"("mortua vox") in the formation of the public "persona"before and within the law. To do that, I will focus on the third Partida of Alfonso X (ca. 1270), and how this code establishes the relationships between the public and the private in the realm of the procedural law.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco teaches Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Columbia. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Universidad de Salamanca, Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), and the École Normale Supérieure (Lettres et Sciences Humaines). Among his publications are books and articles on medieval and early modern knighthood, material culture, medieval political theory, poetry, and other subjects. His latest book, Knightly Citizenship and Monarchical Sovereignty in the Iberian Late Middle Ages, is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press.