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Fall 2016


September 7, 5:00pm, Karl Steel, Brooklyn College, Med-Ren Seminar (Fisher-Bennett Hall)

September 12, 5:15pm-6:30, Larry Nees, University of Delaware, “Reading and Seeing: The beginnings of book illumination and the modern discourse on ethnicity”, Material Texts Seminar

Professor Nees’ lecture will be followed by a reception celebrating the launch of Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies 

September 14, Welcome Back Event at the Library, panel on medieval science, Faculty Working Group on Medieval Studies 

Elly Truitt (Bryn Mawr, History of Technology)

Renata Holod (Penn, History of Art and the Penn Museum)

Michael Solomon (Penn, History of Medicine)

Leah Devun (Rutgers, Gender and Sexuality)

Erin Connolly, Schoenberg Institute (Penn, History of Medicine)

Saturday, September 24, Delaware Valley Medieval Association: Synaesthesia: Grasping Medieval Senses, Kislak Center

September 26, Renata Holod, University of Pennsylvania, Material Texts Seminar

September 27, 12:00pm-1:30pm Augustine Thompson OP, Dominican University of Philosophy & Theology,  'Seeking the 'Real' Francis of Assisi? Collegium and Department of History. Please register here

September 28, Cathy Nicholson, Yale University, Med-Ren Seminar

October 3, David Scott Kastan, Yale University Material Texts Seminar

October 4, Candace Barrington, Central Connecticut State University, “Translating Trouble,” Penn Humanities Forum 

October 10, Marina Rustow, Princeton University, Material Texts Seminar

October 12, Mary Channen Caldwell, University of Pennsylvania, Med-Ren seminar

October 13-14, Charles IV Conference

October 25, Emma Dillon, King's College London, 5:15 PM, Departments of Music and Romance Languages 

November 2, Nancy Warren, Texas A&M University, Faculty Working Group on Medieval Studies

November 14, Henrik Williams, University of Uppsala, David Krueger, Brian Daniels (Penn Cultural Heritage Center), and Ada Kuskowski (Penn, History). "Vikings, Natives, and Pioneers: The Kensington Rune Stone and the Contested History of the American Mid-West." 6:00pm, Penn Museum. Please register here:

November 17-19, Schoenberg Symposium: Reactions

November 28, Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, New York University, Material Texts Seminar

November 30Phyllis Rackin Lecture: Rebecca Laroche, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

December 5, Steve Dolph, University of Pennsylvania, Material Texts Seminar

December 7, Sarah Wilma Watson, University, of Pennsylvania, Med-Ren Seminar


Spring 2017


January 30, Will Noel, Kislak Center for Special Collections and Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Material Texts Seminar

February 8, Patricia Dailey, Columbia University, Med-Ren Seminar

February 13, Mike Witmore, Folger Library, Material Texts Seminar and English Dept Lecture Series

February 16, Marco Aresu, Wesleyan University, Centre for Italian Studies in collobartion with the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

February 20, Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania,  “An Emotional Anthology of Style: Glasgow Hunterian MS V.8.14,” Material Texts Seminar

February 22, Richard Rambuss, Brown University, Med-Ren Seminar

February 24-25, "The Futures of Medieval Historiography" conference (organized by Jackie Burek and Emily Steiner). Speakers will include:

Cam Grey (University of Pennsylvania)

Clare Lees (King's College, London)

Andrew Galloway (Cornell University)

Jennifer Jahner (California Institute of Technology)

Elizabeth Tyler (University of York)

Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America)

Joshua Smith (University of Arkansas)

Katherine Terrell (Hamilton College)

Cynthia Turner Camp (University of Georgia)

March 1, Adam Zucker, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Med-Ren seminar

March 14, Melissa Sanchez, University of Pennsylvania, Med-Ren seminar (on a Tuesday)

March 21-23, A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures: Mary Carruthers, New York University

March 28, Jereon de Keyser, Leuven Universiteit, Centre for Italian Studies

March 29, Erika Smith Harman, University of Pennsylvania, Med-Ren seminar

April 4, Elizabeth Leach, University of Oxford, 5:15 PM Departments of Music and Romance Languages

April 11, Candace Barrington,Central Connecticut State University, Med-Ren Seminar (on a Tuesday)

April 13, Jody Enders, University of California, Santa Barbara, Faculty Workshop in Medieval Studies Lecture