Past Events

2014-2015 Schedule of Events

September 5, 2014. Guided tour at the Morgan Museum by curator Roger Wieck of “Miracles in Miniature: The Art of the Master of Claude de Franceat 6.00 p.m. or 6.30 p.m. Entrance fee required.

[We are not meeting in October as the first Friday is Yom Kippur]

November 7, 2014. David Wallace (Department of English, University of Pennsylvania), “November 1414: Nations, Schisms, and the Work of Literary Cultures”

December 5, 2014.Global Medieval”: A Roundtable featuring:
Hyunhee Park (Department of History, John Jay College, CUNY), “Transfers of Geographical Knowledge in Eurasia during the Global Middle Ages”;
Toy Tung (Department of English, John Jay College CUNY), “Translation, Translatio and Globalization in Nāgārjuna and Gower”;
Tansen Sen (Department of History, Baruch), “The Zheng He Voyages and the Maritime World of the Early Fifteenth Century”;
Nahyan Fancy (Department of History, DePauw University), "The Movement of Medical Texts and Commentators in Western Eurasia after 1300.”

February 6, 2015. Bob Hasenfratz (Department of English, University of Connecticut), “The Old English Poetry Project ”

March 6, 2015. Christopher MacEvitt (Department of Religion, Dartmouth College), “Saracen Jerusalem, Crusader Jerusalem: Fourteenth-Century Pilgrims in the Holy City”

March 27, 2015 [N.B. Brought forward one week, as April 3 is Passover and Good Friday]. The Rossell Hope Robbins Memorial Lecture: Patricia Clare Ingham (Department of English, Indiana University), “New Worlds: Tracking an Enchanted History.”

October 4, 2013 Fiona Griffiths (Associate Professor of History, New York University) “Enoc of Wales and the Fate of Nuns' Priests in the Central Middle Ages”

November 1, 2013 Myra Seaman (Professor of English, College of Charleston) “Animal Control: Cultivating Virtue in the "Children's Corner" of a Middle English Household Book”

December 6, 2013 Anne Stone (Associate Professor of Music, CUNY Graduate Center) “Medieval Song in 21st-Century New York”

February 7, 2014 Event held in conjunction with The Friends of the Saints: Jennifer N. Brown (Associate Professor of English and World Literature, Marymount Manhattan College) "An English Spirituality in an Italian Mystic: William Flete and Catherine of Siena"

March 7, 2014 Maggie M. Williams (Associate Professor of Art History, William Paterson University) “On the Matter of Irish Crosses”

April 4, 2014 The Rossell Hope Robbins Guest Lecture Steve Kruger (Professor of English & Medieval Studies, Queens College & Graduate Center, CUNY) “Conversion on the Ground: Christians, Jews, and Conversos in the Crown of Aragon, 1412-1416”

2012-2013 Schedule of Events

Guests and speakers included:
  • A visit to the Arms and Armor Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as that department celebrates its centennial. 
  • "Late Medieval Spirituality and...", a panel with Andrew Cole, Princeton University; Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, University of Pittsburgh; and Kathryn Smith, New York University  ** CANCELED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY, MOVED TO Friday, MAY 3.
  • Martha Rust, New York University, "Lists, Numeracy, and the Culture of Reckoning in Late-Medieval England" 
  • Leah DeVun, Rutgers University, "Infidels, Hermaphrodites, and Other Animals: On the Boundaries of the Human in the Middle Ages."
  • Sarah McNamer, Georgetown University -- The Rossell Hope Robbins Lecture, "Doubt."
  • Nina Rowe, Fordham University, "Images of Rulership and Idolatry in a 1402 Weltchronik"
  • "Late Medieval Spirituality and...", a panel with Andrew Cole, Princeton University; Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, University of Pittsburgh; and Kathryn Smith, New York University

2011-2012 Schedule of Events
Guests and speakers included:
  • Marion Holmes Katz (New York University)
  • Miriam Shadis (Ohio University)
  • Sara McDougall (John Jay College)
  • Glenn Burger (Queens College and CUNY Grad Center)
  • Karen Overbey (Tufts University)
  • Paul Hayward (University of Lancaster)
  • Sarah Salih (Kings College, London)

Guests and speakers included:
  • Cynthia Hahn (Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)
  • Sara Lipton (SUNY, Stonybrook)
  • Michael Sargent (Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)
  • Holly Crocker (University of South Carolina)
  • Christopher Baswell (Barnard College and Columbia University)
  • Nicole Rice (St. John’s University)
  • Joel B. Kaye (Barnard College)
  • Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnesota)

Guests and speakers included:
  • Mario DiGangi (Lehman College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)
  • Martha Howell (Columbia University)
  • D. Vance Smith (Princeton University)
  • Emily Tai (Queensborough College, CUNY)
  • Christopher Cannon (New York University)
  • Nicola Masciandaro (Brooklyn College, CUNY)
  • Jesús Rodriquez Velasco (Columbia University)
  • Tim Husband (Curator, Department of Medieval Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Robert Mills (King’s College London)
  • Carolyn Dinshaw (New York University)

2008 - 2009 Schedule of Events
Guests and speakers included:
  • Erin Felicia Labbie (Bowling Green State University)
  • Paul Moses (Brooklyn College, CUNY)
  • Cary Howie (Cornell University)
  • Barbara Boehm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Matthew Goldie (Rider University)
  • Sarah Kay (Princeton University)
  • David Gary Shaw (Wesleyan University)

Guests and speakers included:
  • Andrew Galloway (Cornell University)
  • Denis Belliveau and Francis O’Donnell (In the Footsteps of Marco Polo)
  • Liana Lupas (American Bible Society)
  • Laura Smoller (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
  • Eileen Joy (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
  • Franco Masciandaro (University of Connecticut)
  • Yoshihisa Yamamoto (Chiba University)
  • Maria Rosa Menocal (Yale University)
  • Denis Renevey (University of Lausanne)