The Lumen Christi Institute presents:
M. Burcht Pranger, University of Amsterdam, on “Bernard of Clairvaux, the Last of the Fathers and the End of the Middle Ages”
Wednesday, May 29, 4:30 PM
Swift Hall, Common Room, 1025 East 58th Street
The 12th century monastic reformer Bernard of Clairvaux recruited hundreds of young men to the cloister or claustrum (enclosure) of Cistercian monastic life. The rhythm of life in the monastic enclosure not only rules the structured existence of the monks but also alters their experience of time from linear to circular while maintaining the goal of the world to come. Bernard’s eloquent insistence on this way of life represents the end of an era and, to an extent, the end of the Middle Ages.
Burcht Pranger studied theology, medieval philosophy and medieval Latin at the Universities of Amsterdam, Toronto and Oxford. Since 1976 he has taught the History of Christianity at the University of Amsterdam. His publications—which focus on medieval monastic figures such as Anselm of Canterbury and Bernard of Clairvaux—include The Artificiality of Christianity and Eternity’s Ennui: Temporality, Perseverance and Voice in Augustine and Western Literature.
Protected: May 24: Nancy Thebaut on paint and the Eucharist in 11th-c. Evangeliaries from Echternach
Protected: Michelle Urberg, “Mary’s Compassion, Christ’s Suffering: The Office of the Compassion of Mary in late medieval Sweden”
The Medieval Studies Workshop is pleased to invite you to its next meeting, to be held on Friday, May 17, from 12-1:30 PM in CWAC 152 (Cochrane-Woods Art Center).
Michelle Urberg, PhD Candidate in Music, will discuss her paper, “Mary’s Compassion, Christ’s Suffering: The Office of the Compassion of Mary in late medieval Sweden.” Claire Jensen, PhD student in Art History, will offer a prepared response.
Coffee and tea will be provided. Attendees are invited to read Michelle’s paper and to bring a lunch.
Persons in need of assistance should contact Beth Woodward (email@example.com) or David Cantor-Echols (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We look forward to seeing you there!