Recent News

Two Medievalist Graduate Students Win Fulbright Awards in Record-Breaking Year

Author: Carrie Gates

From investigating the lives of medieval Islamic scholars to studying 15th-century manuscripts from the confessors of Burgundy, history graduate students at Notre Dame are traveling the world to conduct original research. Six Ph.D. students in the Department of History, two of whom are medievalists, have been awarded 2016-17 research grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Read More

English professor wins ACLS fellowship to study medieval marginalia

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton studies medieval texts, many of them on sheepskins and fragile after hundreds of years in conditions not always suited for preservation. The Notre Dame Professor of English studies the margins of these medieval texts, which contain thoughts scrawled by some of the brightest minds of the time. They are a layer of interaction and understanding that Kerby-Fulton will spend the next year studying, supported by a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.  Read More

Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute Names Thomas E. Burman New Director

Author: Josh Weinhold

Thomas Burman

Thomas E. Burman, an esteemed scholar of medieval Christianity and Islam, has been named the Robert Conway Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute. Burman, currently a professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will begin his new role in January 2017. He comes to Notre Dame with a passion for interdisciplinary research and a vision for further establishing the Institute as a leader in medieval scholarship and graduate education. Read More

Rev. Can. Dr. Federico Gallo, Director of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Lectures on Diplomatics at Medieval Institute

Author: Erica Sestak

Rev. Can. Dr. Federico Gallo

The Medieval Institute was pleased to welcome again guest speaker Reverend Canon Doctor Federico Gallo, director of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana (Milan), following his lectures in 2013 and 2015. On Thursday evening, June 30th, Gallo gave an enlightening lecture entitled “On Diplomatics: The Science of Reading Medieval Documents.”

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Upcoming Events

Liturgical Studies Colloquium: "Dominican Nuns as Liturgical Commentators: Chant, Inscription, and Iconography"


Location: DeBartolo 138

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In this lecture for the Liturgical Studies Colloquium, musicologist and liturgical historian Margot Fassler introduces the work she has been completing for the two-volume book: Liturgical Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300-1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Books of a North German Dominican Convent (Aschendorff).


Donald Jackson Lecture (Notre Dame Center for Liturgy): "Ancient Techniques in a Modern World"


Location: Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

Elijah And The Fiery Chariot© 2016 The Saint John's Bible

Explore the sacred text and art of the St. John's Bible with the calligrapher who dared to create a fully illuminated Bible for the modern age. This event is made possible in part by support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.



Peter Robinson Lecture: "The Text of the Canterbury Tales in the 21st Century"


Location: 715 Hesburgh Library

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The Medieval Institute presents a lecture by Peter Robinson, Bateman Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is currently leading development of the “Textual Communities” project, which aims to provide a platform for collaborative scholarly editing, building on his previous experience in the creation of digital tools for editors. 



Anne Curzan Lecture (English): “Local Language Choices as Part of Broader Social Change”


Location: Private Dining Room, Morris Inn

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The English Department, with support in part from the Medieval Institute, presents a lecture by Anne Curzan. Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English at the University of Michigan, Anne Curzan also holds appointments in the Department of Linguistics and the School of Education. Widely published on historical and contemporary linguistics, especially gender and language, Curzan currently is completing a popular guide to English usage and serving as a regular contributor to blogs and public radio.