Recent News

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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A Message From Our Outgoing Director, John van Engen

Author: Megan J. Hall

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I first walked into the reading room of the Medieval Institute in February 1977 when I was being interviewed for a position in the History Department. I saw before me, in one room, all the books I had used to write my dissertation, and many more. My eyes flew too to the city-scape of Cologne, not for its churches or streets but its depiction of Deutz just across the Rhine. Over the past three years I had been writing a thesis on a prolific monk named Rupert who spent his last decade as abbot of St. Lambert in Deutz. The History Department was then replacing its one medieval historian, and I was one of four candidates. Read More

Upcoming Events

Theuerkauf Graduate Seminar

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Location: Hesburgh Library 715J

The Medieval Institute and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies present a graduate seminar by Marie-Louise Theuerkauf. More details soon!…

2016 Annual Conway Lectures Begin: "Religious Ritual and Prayers for the Dead in the Medieval University of Paris" by William J. Courtenay

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Location: Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

This year's annual Conway Lecturer, Professor Emeritus William J. Courtenay, will deliver a lecture series entitled "Religious Ritual and Prayers for the Dead in the Medieval University of Paris." The lectures will be held at the Eck Visitors Center on September 29, October 4, and October 6. A reception will follow the first lecture.

Conway Lecture #2: "Gaudy Night: Colleges and Prayers for the Dead"

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Location: Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

Join us for the second of three lectures by the 2016 Conway speaker, Professor Emeritus William J. Courtenay. Tonight he lectures on "Gaudy Night: Colleges and Prayers for the Dead," part of a three-part lecture series entitled "Religious Ritual and Prayers for the Dead in the Medieval University of Paris."

Conway Lecture #3: "A Hidden Presence: Women and the University of Paris"

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Location: Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

Join us for the last lecture by the 2016 Conway speaker, Professor Emeritus William J. Courtenay. Tonight he lectures on "A Hidden Presence: Women and the University of Paris," part of a three-part lecture series entitled "Religious Ritual and Prayers for the Dead in the Medieval University of Paris."