Academic Events

Brian Reynolds Lecture


Location: Special Collections, 1st floor, Hesburgh Library

Dante’s Prayer to the Virgin, the Commedia and the Marian Tradition

Brian K. Reynolds, Assistant Professor, Department of Italian Language and Culture, Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan) studied Italian at University College Dublin and did his postgraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin. He previously taught in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and Università degli studi, Bari, Italy. His research in the last number of years has concentrated on early Italian poetry, especially Dante, and Mariology. He has published extensively on Dante and related topics and on the Virgin Mary. In 2012, he published Gateway to Heaven: Marian Doctrine and Devotion, Image and Typology in the Patristic and Medieval Periods (Volume I: Doctrine and Devotion),

Imagining Medieval English Conference (Day 1)


Location: McKenna Hall (ND Conference Center)

Prof. Tim Machan (ND English Department) is the organizer of a three-day conference that will bring together a group of distinguished scholars who are collaborating on a book entitled “Imagining Medieval English” (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The participants will present papers that form the chapters of the book, and join in a general discussion on practical and theoretical topics in the history of medieval English.  What are the social, linguistic, and historical reasons for positing a medieval stage of the English language? What are the cultural implications of such a stage? And what are the reasons for and consequences of linking this stage to Modern English as versions of the same language? All paper sessions and discussions are open to the public.…

Monica Green Lecture


Location: Medieval Institute Reading Room (715 Hesburgh Library)

“Like a Prometheus Stealing Fire: Constantine the African and the Transformed Landscape of Learned Medicine in Twelfth-Century Christian Europe”

Monica Green, Professor of History, Arizona State University specializes in the global history of health and medieval European history, particularly the history of medicine and the history of gender. In 2004, she was a co-winner of the Medieval Academy of America’s John Nicholas Brown Prize for Women’s Healthcare in the Medieval West: Texts and Contexts,