Spring Schedule 2014

Friday, April 11: Torsten Edstam, PhD candidate, Department of History

“Beyond the Didascalicon: Hugh of St Victor and Reading Culture in the Low Countries”

Respondent: Jenna Timmons, PhD student, Department of History

Wieboldt 207



Friday, April 25: Frits van Ostroom, University Professor for the Humanities, Utrecht University

“After Huizinga: The Low Countries as Cradle of Spiritual Innovation in the Late Middle Ages.”

Co-sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute, 3 pm, Swift Lecture Hall

(This paper will not be pre-circulated)


Friday, May 2nd: David Ganz, Visiting Professor of Paleography at Notre Dame

“Charlemagne in the Margins: The Saint Amand Glossed Virgil”

Co-sponsored by Late Antiquity and Byzantium

CWAC 156

(This paper will not be pre-circulated)



Tuesday, May 6 (noon): Babette Hellemans, Assistant Professor of History, University of Groningen

“The letter collection of Abelard and Heloise: Do they mean what they say?”

Wieboldt 111 (NOTE CHANGE IN ROOM!)


Friday, May 16th: Michelle Urberg, PhD candidate, Department of Music

“What’s in a note?: The theological functions of musical literacy among the sisters at Vadstena abbey”

CWAC 156


Friday, May 23: Jessica Andruss, PhD candidate, Divinity School

Historical Thought in Salmon ben Yerūḥīm’s Commentary on Lamentations.”

Respondent: Mohammed Ballan, PhD student, Department of History

Wieboldt 207



Friday, May 30: BA Thesis Presentations (Speakers TBA)

Wieboldt 207



Friday, June 6: Dan Yingst, PhD Candidate, Divinity School

“The Biblical Commentaries of Honorius Augustodunensis”

Respondent: David Orsbon, PhD student in Comparative Literature

CWAC 156

Winter Quarter Schedule

Welcome back to Winter Quarter! Please mark the following dates on your calendar. NB: we will be meeting in both CWAC 152 AND Wieboldt 207, 12:00-1:30pm.



Jan 10- Prof. Robert Mills, Department of Art History, University College London

“Cows, Martyrs, and Other Animals: The ‘Anthropological Machine’ in Medieval Art”

12:00-1:30pm, CWAC 152

Respondent: Claire Jenson, PhD student in Art History


Jan 24th-Beth Woodward, PhD student in Art History

“LeRoman de la Poire: Constructing Courtliness and “Courtly” Art in Gothic France”

 12:00-1:30pm, CWAC 152

Respondent: Jacqueline Victor, PhD student in Romance Languages & Literatures


Feb 7-Erika Trittle, PhD candidate in the History of Christianity (Divinity School)

“Baptismal Theology and Civil Nobility: A Shotgun Wedding in Fifteenth-Century Castile?”

12:00-1:30pm, Wieboldt 207

Respondent: David Cantor-Echols, PhD candidate in History


March 7-Leah Shopkow, Associate Professor, Department of History, Indiana University Bloomington

“Beyond Content: What Does It Mean to Think Like a Medievalist?”

Note: Paper will not be pre-circulated

12:00-1:30pm, Wieboldt 207


March 21- Chris Fletcher, PhD candidate in the Department of History

“Aperius, Clarius, Dulcius: Doctrine, Letters, and the Making of Theological Discipline.”

12:00-1:30pm, CWAC 152

Respondent: Lisa Scott, PhD candidate in the Department of History

Nov. 1– Laura Fernandez Fernandez

The Medieval Studies Workshop, in conjunction with the Western Mediterranean Culture Workshop, invites you to join us Friday, November  1.

Laura Fernandez Fernandez
Assistant Professor of Art History, 
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
“Arab stars in a Castilian Sky: 
The Book of Fixed Stars
 amongst the manuscripts of Alfonso X”
Cochrane Woods Art Center, Room 152
The paper will not be pre-circulated.

Master class with Bernard McGinn on Meister Eckhart

The Lumen Christi Institute

presents a master class on


The Writings of Meister Eckhart


Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago

Friday, October 25, 2:00pm-5:30pm

Gavin House1220 East 58th Street


In this one-off seminar session participants will discuss the writings of late medieval German mystic and theologian Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1327).


Session 1. An Introduction to Eckhart

“Introductions” in The Essential Sermons, pp. 5-61

German Sermon 52 in The Essential Sermons, pp. 199-203

The Sequence “Granum sinapis” (Handout)

Session 2. Eckhart on Justice

German Sermon 6 in The Essential Sermons, pp. 185-189

Commentary on the Gospel of John, “Prologue” nn. 1-23 in The Essential Sermons, pp. 122-29

Session 3. Eckhart on Intellect

Latin Sermon XXIX, in Meister Eckhart, Teacher and Preacher, pp. 223-26

Question 1, in Meister Eckhart, Parisian Questions and Prologues, pp. 43-50


Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and the History of Christianity in the Divinity School and the Committees on Medieval Studies and on General Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart: The Man from Whom God Hid Nothing and translator of both Paulist Press volumes on Eckhart in the Classics of Western Spirituality series. His current long-range project is a seven-volume history of Christian mysticism in the West under the general title The Presence of God, four volumes of which have appeared: The Origins of Mysticism; The Growth of MysticismThe Flowering of Mysticism; and The Harvest of Mysticism in Medieval Germany.


This master class is intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. If you would like to participate in the master class with Professor McGinn, register online by visiting our website at www.lumenchristi.org. Copies of the readings including the volume Meister Eckhart: The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense (Paulist Press, 1981) will be provided before the seminar. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Franzen at mfranzen@lumenchristi.org.

Protected: Oct 18- Cynthia Hahn on “Reliquaries and the Boundaries of Vision: Relics, Crystals, Mirrors and L’Effet de Vision”

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