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MBS Events


Fall 2017

MBS Public Lecture: Prof. Richard Hodges (American University in Rome),
“A New Narrative for Early Medieval Tuscany, Italy, and the Mediterranean.”
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 5:00 pm in Pryzbyla Center 327.
2018 Summer Archaeology Field School in Tuscany, Italy: Open House with Prof. Richard Hodges
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 12-1:30 pm in Law School 208.
Graduate Student Seminar with Prof. Richard Hodges (in Dr. Jennifer Davis’s HIST 808A: The Carolingian Empire)
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 2:10–4:40 pm in O’Boyle 220
Advance registration required, contact Dr. Davis ( for details.
Medieval Society Movie Night: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7:00 pm in the Happel Room, Caldwell Hall.
Treats will be served. 
First Millennium Network Fall Seminar
Friday, September 22, 2017, 9:30 am-5:15 pm in the Happel Room, Caldwell Hall
ECS Mellon Lecture by Prof. Philip Rousseau,
“The One and the Many in the Early Church.”
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 5:15 pm, in 106 McGivney Hall.
Followed by the annual Opening Reception hosted by ECS and MBS.
History Dept. Colloquium: Dr. Martina Saltamacchia (University of Nebraska at Omaha),
“Building the Duomo of Milan.”
Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
Medieval Banquet
Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
MBS Public Lecture: Announcing The Genesis Project
With Dr. Mark Clark, Prof. Timothy Noone, and Dr. Joshua Benson.
Monday, November 13, 2017, 5:00 pm.

Spring 2018

MBS Public Lecture: Prof. Jonathan Ray (Georgetown University),
On Jewish history [title TBA].
Monday, February 12, 2018, 5:15 pm
The Genesis Project: Symposium on St. Bonaventure
With Dr. Kevin Hughes (Villanova), Dr. Jay Hammond (SLU), and Dr. Joshua Benson (CUA)
March 2018 [date TBA]
MBS/History Public Lecture with Dr. Paul Sturtevant
Medieval Day: A public celebration of all things medieval.
Saturday, April 14, 2018 on the Pryz Lawn.
Sponsored by the Medieval Society, in collaboration with MBS.
Further events to be announced. 


Spring 2017
Gilding Workshop with Artist Kay Jackson.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 4-5 pm, May Gallery, Mullen Library.
Co-sponsored with Mullen Library.
Monsters on Maps: Seminar with Chet Van Duzer (NEH-Mellon Fellow, Library of Congress).
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 9:40-10:55 am.
Please RSVP to Dr. Kopár (
MBS Seminar: Ilya Dines (Manuscript Specialist, Library of Congress),
"Describing a Medieval Manuscript: A Guide."
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 2:10-3:30 pm. Pryzbyla Center 321.
Medieval Day: A public celebration of all things medieval.
Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Pryz Lawn
Sponsored by the Medieval Society, in collaboration with MBS.
MBS Public Lecture:
Prof. Gale R. Owen-Crocker (Professor Emerita of Anglo-Saxon Culture, U. of Manchester, UK),
"The Significance of the Bayeux Tapestry."
Monday, April 24, 2017, 5:15 pm, Happel Room, Caldwell Hall.


Fall 2016
New Graduate Student Orientation (Dr. Lilla Kopár, Director and Graduate Advisor)
Friday, August 26, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm in Marist 132.
Orientation for Undergraduate Majors and Minors (Dr. Jennifer Paxton, Undergraduate Advisor)
Friday, August 26, 2016, 2:45 pm in Marist 132.
Medieval Society Ice Cream Social
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm, Pryzbyla Center 327.
ECS Mellon Lecture by Prof. Philip Rousseau,
"Jean Mabillon and Monastic Renewal."
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 5:15 pm, Herzfeld Auditorium, Hannan Hall.
Followed by the annual Opening Reception hosted by ECS, MBS, and the Dept. of Greek & Latin.
Pilgrimage to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
with Dr. Jennifer Paxton (University Honors Program / Dept. of History) and the Medieval Society.
Saturday, September 24, 2016.
Meet at the steps of Mullen Library at 2 pm and walk over to the monastery for a 3 pm tour. Vigil mass at 5 pm (optional). Please RSVP to Dr. Paxton at
Graduate Student Workshop: How to Write a Biography of a Medieval Saint?
Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., S.T.M. (Professor of History, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology; author of Francis of Assisi: A New Biography (Cornell University Press, 2012))
Wednesday, September 28, 5:00 pm, Pryz 327.
A short selection from Francis of Assisi will be made available for participants to read ahead of the workshop. RSVP to Prof. L.R. Poos at
Organized by the Dept. is History.
The Dig: Summer Archaeology Field School Report from Vetricella, Tuscany
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:30 pm in Pryz 321.
Pizza dinner provided.
Law and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: A Symposium in Honor of Prof. Kenneth J. Pennington
Friday, November 18, 2016, 1:00-5:00 pm, Caldwell Hall, Happel Room.
Reception to follow. Co-organized with the Dept. of History.
Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop: From Graduate School to Assistant Professor
Jay Harrison (CUA Ph.D. 2012; Assistant Professor, Hood College)
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 5:00 pm.
Co-organized with the Dept. of History.

Highlights of 2015-16

ECS Mellon Lecture by Prof. Philip Rousseau,
"On First Looking into Gregory the Great's Moralia."
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 5:15 pm in McGivney 106.
Followed by the annual Opening Reception hosted by ECS, MBS, and the Dept. of Greek & Latin in McGivney Hall Foyer.
Medieval Society Ice Cream Social
Friday, September 11, 2015, 12:30-1:30 pm in Pryz 321.
MBS Lecture: Prof. Jay Rubenstein (University of Tennessee, MacArthur Fellow),
“Joachim of Fiore, Islam, and the First Crusade.”
Monday, September 28, 2015, 5:15 pm in Pryz Great Room A.
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
History & MBS Graduate Seminar: Prof. Jay Rubenstein (University of Tennessee, MacArthur Fellow),
"The Making of Armies of Heaven."
Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 9:00-11:00 am in Marist 131.
For graduate students only. Breakfast catered by History/GSA.
Please RSVP to Dr. Jennifer Davis ( by Sept. 24. 
MBS Lecture: Dr. Nino Zchomelidse (Johns Hopkins University),
“Creating a Sacred Stage: Allegory, Liturgy, and the Ambo in the Medieval Mediterranean.”
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 5:15 pm, in Caldwell Hall, Happel Room.
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
Summer Archeology Field School in Tuscany: Info Meeting
with Dr. Jennifer Davis and Dr. Lilla Kopár.
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 12:30-1:30 pm, in Marist 131.
Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop: Conference Papers
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:30-2:00 pm.
Co-organized with the Dept. of History.
MBS Graduate Seminar: Dr. Ilya Dines (National Library of Jerusalem/Library of Congress),
“Medieval Bestiaries and Imaginary Beings.”
Friday, November 13, 2015, 2:00-4:00 pm, in Marist 131.
Please RSVP to Dr Lilla Kopár ( by Nov. 9.
Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop: Career Diversity for Historians
with Dr. Emily Swafford (American Historical Association).
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 5:15 pm.
Organized by the Dept. of History.
Medieval Banquet: A Hands-on Learning Experience of Medieval Feasting
February 2, 2016, 6:30 pm, Happel Room, Caldwell Hall
Seating is limited to 25 guests. Participants must attend an info meeting and be willing to cook a medieval dish (recipes and spices provided) or provide entertainment.
Co-organized with the Medieval Society.
The First Millennium Seminar
Thursday, February 11, 2016
12:00-2:00 pm: Graduate Student Seminar with Prof. Chris Wickham (U. of Oxford),
"A Flemish Abbot Meets Innocent II, 1141."
Pryzbyla Center 321
4:00 pm: Public Lectures
Prof. Chris Wickham (U. of Oxford), “Understanding the Global Economic System in the Central Middle Ages: Some Problems.”
Prof. Michael Bonner (U. of Michigan), “Rethinking the Economy of Early Islam.”
Pryzbyla Center Great Room B
Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop:
APRICOT: A Peer-Reviewed Interdisciplinary Collection of Objects for Teaching.
Designing a Pedagogical Hub for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
Presentation by Ece Turnator (U of Texas, Austin), Tamsyn Rose-Steel (Johns Hopkins U.), Bridget Whearty SUNY Binghampton), Alexandra Bolintineanu (U of Toronto), and Matthew Davis (Independent scholar).
Friday, March 11, 2016, 12:30-2:30 pm, Marist 131.
Lunch provided.
MBS Lecture: Prof. Leslie Brubaker (U of Birmingham / Dumbarton Oaks),
"The Cult of the Virgin, 400-1200: A Comparative Perspective (Catholic, Orthodox, Islamic)."
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 5:15 pm.
102, Aquinas Hall.
Medieval Day: A public celebration of all things medieval.
Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Pryz Lawn (rain location: Caldwell Auditorium)
Sponsored by the Medieval Society, in collaboration with MBS.

Highlights of 2014-15

ECS Mellon Lecture by Prof. Philip Rousseau: “The Politics of Humility Revisited.”
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 5:30 pm, 106 McGivney Hall, Auditorium.
Followed by the MBS & ECS Opening Reception in McGivney Hall Foyer.
MBS Lecture: Dr. Danielle Joyner (Univ. of Notre Dame/Dumbarton Oaks)
"Rethinking Landscapes and Medieval Arts."
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5:15 pm, in 131 Marist Hall.
Project Andvari Workshop: Controlled Vocabularies (digital humanities project, sponsored by NEH)
Friday-Saturday, November 7-8, 2014 in 131 Marist Hall.
The workshop is limited to invited participants only. For more information see
Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop I (co-organized with the Dept. of History):
Professional CVs.
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:30 pm in 131 Marist Hall.
Medieval Banquet: A Hands-on Learning Experience of Medieval Feasting with Prof. Gail Gibson (Davidson College/Folger Shakespeare Library)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5:30 pm in the Happel Room, Caldwell Hall.
Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop II (co-organized with the Dept. of History):
The Academic Job Market.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 5:15 pm in 131 Marist Hall.
MBS & History Seminar with Prof. Miri Rubin (University of London),
"Norwich 1144 and its Afterlives: A Challange to the Historian."
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 11:00-2:00 pm (with luncheon) in 131 Marist Hall. RSVP required.
Picturing Mary: A Graduate Student Conference
Co-organized by CUA and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Conference sessions: Friday, March 20, 2015 at NMWA, and Saturday, March 21, 2015, at CUA.
Keynote address: Prof. Miri Rubin (University of London),
"The Virgin Mary: Emotion and Legacy in Medieval Europe and Beyond."
Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:00-6:30 pm at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Highlights of 2013-14

Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop (co-organized with the Depts. of History and English):
Cover Letters and CVs.
Monday, September 16, 12-1 pm in 321 Pryzbyla Center
MBS & ECS Opening Reception
Thursday, September 19, 6:45-8:00 pm in 131 Marist Hall,
following Prof. Philip Rousseau's Annual Mellon Lecture on
"Redeeming Jerome: A Man for Our Times?'" at 5:30 pm in Aquinas Hall Auditorium.
Medieval Society and Orientation Extended event:
Tour of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
led by Dr. Jennifer Paxton (University Honors Program / Department of History / MBS)
Saturday, September 21, 2 pm
MBS Lecture: Prof. Padma Kaimal (Dept. of Art, Colgate University),
"Many Paths to the Divine: Dynamics of Vision in a Medieval Hindu Temple."
Tuesday, September 24, 5:15 pm, Happel Room (100 Caldwell Hall).
MBS Seminar: "Digitizing the Archbishops' Registers of the Diocese of York, 1225-1646: Opportunities and Challenges of a Digital Project"
by W. Mark Ormrod, Professor of Medieval History, The University of York, UK.
Monday, October 21, 5:30-7:30 pm in 131 Marist Hall.
MBS Lecture: Dr. Federico Canaccini (Fulbright Scholar, CUA, Dept. of History),
"Guelphs and Ghibellines: a never ending struggle?"
Tuesday, October 29, 5:15 pm in 102 Aquinas Auditorium 
Project Andvari Workshop (digital humanities project, sponsored by NEH)
Friday-Saturday, November 8-9, 2013 in 131 Marist Hall.
For more information see
MBS Seminar: Dr. Dafni Penna (University of Groningen, Dept. of Legal History/Dumbarton Oaks Fellow)
"Did Latin Christians Enjoy Legal Privileges in the Byzantine Empire?"
Thursday, February 13, 5:00 pm in 131 Marist Hall.
Co-sponsored with the School of Theology and Religious Studies.
MBS Lecture: Dr. Lev Weitz (Dept. of History)
"Polygamy and Christian Community in the Medieval Islamic World."
Tuesday, March 45:15 pm in 131 Marist Hall.
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5:15 pm, 201 McMahon Hall.
Keynote lecture by Prof. Thomas J. Finan (Saint Louis University),
"Gaelic Objects: The Missing Irish Thirteenth Century."
Friday, April 4, 2014, 9:15 am - 4:30 pm, Pryzbyla Center 321-323
Conference sessions
Medieval Banquet (in Pryz Quiet Dining Area), 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Medieval Day 2014A public celebration of all things medieval.
Organized by CUA's Medieval Society.
Sunday, April 6, 2014, 1-6 pm. Pryz Lawn.
Events with Prof. Martina Hartmann (Monumenta Germaniae Historica [MGH] & Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich)
Public Lecture: “Cruel and Pious: The Merovingian Queens of the 6th and 7th Centuries.”
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:15 pm, Marist Hall 131
Workshop: “Alone in a Foreign Country: A new edition of the small letter collection of Princess Sophia of Hungary, fiancée of the Staufian prince Henry (VI).”
Friday, April 25, 2014, 3:00-7:00 pm, Pryzbyla Center 323

Highlights of 2012-13  

Events with Dr. Gaby Waxenberger (Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, Dept. of English and Project RuneS)
MBS Workshop: Runes and Runic Inscriptions
Saturday, September 22, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
Public lecture: "Named Celebrities and Unnamed Masses: Text and Image on the Franks Casket."
Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
Medieval Society & Orientation Extended event: Tour of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, led by Dr. Jennifer Paxton (Dept. of History).
Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Fr. Timothy Bellamah, OP (Dominican House of Studies),
"Quod credimus debemus auctoritati. Perspectives on Authority in the Works of a Few Late Medieval Biblical Commentators."
Wednesday, October 17, 2012.
Dr. Larissa Kat Tracy (Longwood University, Dept. of English),
"Brutalized Bodies: The Forms and Frequency of Medieval Punishment."
Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
7th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Medieval Studies: "Medieval Bodies"
Keynote lecture: Prof. Lawrence R. Poos (CUA, Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professor of History),
"The Population of Europe 1300-1600: A Big-Picture View, and Some New Data for Life Expectancy."
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5:15 pm.
Conference sessions: April 19, 2013.
Followed by the annual Medieval Banquet.
Medieval Day 2013: A public celebration of all things medieval.
Organized by CUA's Medieval Society.
Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Events with Professor Christopher Schabel (University of Cyprus, Professor of Medieval History and Senior Visiting Fellow of the Onassis Foundation, USA University Seminars Program)
Public Lecture"The Greek Church of Cyprus under Latin Rule, 1191-1474."
Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
Lunchtime Seminar: "Honorius III and Frankish Greece: the Papal Correspondence."
Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Highlights of 2011-12

Lectures, Workshops, and Seminars on Cross-Cultural Encounters:
Prof. Michelle P. Brown (University of London),
“From Eastern Deserts to Western Isles: A review of early medieval cultural relations between Britain, Ireland and the Near East.”
Wednesday, October 19, 2011.
Roundtable discussion with Prof. Brown and members of the CUA faculty.
Thursday, October 20, 2011.
Prof. Jan M. Ziolkowski (Harvard University/Dumbarton Oaks),
"West Meets East: Medievals Latinizing in Asia."
Wednesday, November 9, 2011.
Prof. John Tolan (University of Nantes),
“Saint Francis and the Sultan.”
Monday, November 28, 2011.
Seminar with Prof. Tolan on religious minorities in the Middle Ages and the RELMIN Project.
Monday, November 28, 2011.
Prof. Patrick Geary (UCLA),
"Keeping Sacred Scripture Hidden: Vernacular Language and Power from the Ninth to the Eleventh Centuries."
Wednesday, November 30, 2011.
Prof. Nancy L. Wicker (University of Mississippi, Dept. of Art),
"Negotiating between the Mediterranean and Scandinavian Worlds: Gold Bracteates in the Early Medieval Period."
Thursday, February 2, 2012.
MBS Seminars:
Dr. Chet Van Duzer (John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI/Kislak Fellow, Library of Congress),
"Monsters in the North; Sea Monsters on Maps."
Monday, February 13, 2012.
Dr. Joshua A. Westgard (UCLA),
"The Art of Manuscript Description in the Digital Age: The Case of The Virtual Libraries of Reichenau and St. Gall Project."
Friday, March 30, 2012.
Workshop in Medieval Philosophy
Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18, 2012.
Aquinas Hall Library.
Joan of Arc's 600th Birthday Party
Celebrated by a lecture by Prof. Nora Heimann (CUA, Art Dept.),
"Still Young at 600: Joan of Arc Across the Millennium."
Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
6th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Medieval Studies:
"Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Middle Ages".
Keynote lecture:
Prof. Thérèse-Anne Druart (CUA, School of Philosophy),
"Moses and the Magicians: Prophecy or Magic? Or, al-Ghazali on Certitude."
Thursday, April 19, 2012.
Conference sessions and Medieval Banquet: Friday, April 20, 2012.
Medieval Day: A public celebration of all things medieval.
Organized by CUA's Medieval Society.
Saturday, April 21.



Highlights of 2010-11

MBS Lecture Series
Professor Jeffrey Hamburger (Harvard University),
"The Hand of God and the Hand of the Scribe: Craft and Collaboration at Arnstein Abbey."
Monday, September 20, 2010.
Professor Joshua Benson (The Catholic University of America),
"Fons sapientiae verbum Dei in excelsis: John Pecham's Lost Inaugural Lecture at Paris?"
Wednesday, October 20, 2010.
Professor Tia Kolbaba (Rutgers University),
"Other Partings of the Ways: Christian Separation from Judaism and its Lessons for Later Church Schism." (Co-sponsored with Early Christian Studies)

Thursday, November 11, 2010.

Dr. Dimiter Angelov (University of Birmingham/Dumbarton Oaks),
"The Byzantine Hellene: Theodore II Laskaris and the Transformation of Byzantine Culture in Exile."
Wednesday, April 6, 2011.
Prof. Daniel L. Smail (Harvard University)
"Deep History. What's in it for Medievalists?"
Thursday, April 14, 2011.
MBS Workshops
Professor Henrik Williams (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"From Thor to Christ on Viking Runestones (Or Is it That Simple?)"
Wednesday, September 22, 2010.
Old English Crash Course
directed by Prof. Lilla Kopár (CUA, Dept. of English/MBS)
Saturday, January 22, 2011.
5th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Medieval Studies (& Medieval Banquet)
Friday, April 15, 2011.