Medievalist Faculty Margot Fassler Releases Documentary Film about Coptic Liturgical Chant: "Where the Hudson Meets the Nile: Coptic Liturgical Chant in Jersey City"

Author: Matt Haines

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"Where the Hudson Meets the Nile: Teaching Coptic Liturgical Chant in Jersey City", a short documentary film by Christian Jara and Margot Fassler, Fellow of the Medieval Institute. The film explores the ways chant has been taught at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Jersey City by singers David Labib and Steve Soliman, with attention to the place of the music in the formation of communal identity.

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Don Alberto Rocca Lectures on the Cultural Project of Federico Borromeo, Founder of Milan's Ambrosiana Library and Art Gallery

Author: Brandon Cook

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On Tuesday, April 11th, the Medieval Institute hosted a lecture by Rev. Dr. Alberto Rocca entitled “The Cultural Project of Federico Borromeo.” Cardinal Borromeo established Milan’s Biblioteca Ambrosiana in 1607 and founded its Pinacoteca Ambrosiana art museum in 1618 through his donations. Don Rocca is the current director of the Pinacoteca and also the Director of the Classe di Studi Borromaici at the Accademia Ambrosiana. Read More

2016-17 Medieval Institute Mellon Fellow Laura Veneskey Presents Her Work at the Annual Mellon Colloquium

Author: Megan J. Hall

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Since 2001, through the generous response of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to a challenge grant awarded to Notre Dame by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute has offered an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Studies to an outstanding young scholar to do research while in residence for the year at Notre Dame. This year's Mellon Fellow is Laura Veneskey, working on a project entitled Earthly Icons: Between Matter & Figuration in Early Byzantine Art. On April 1st, the MI held its annual colloquium. Read More

Professor John Haldon Lectures on Landscape, Climate, and the Survival of the Byzantine Empire

Author: Brandon Cook

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On Thursday, April 6th, the Medieval Institute was pleased to welcome guest speaker John Haldon, Professor Shelby Cullom Davis '30 Professor of European History, Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies, and Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University. Prof. Haldon presented a lecture entitled "St. Theodore, Euchaïta and Anatolia, c.500-1500 C.E.: Landscape, Climate, and the Survival of an Empire."



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Fellow of the Medieval Institute and Arts and Letters Associate Dean Named Chair of the International Shakespeare Association

Author: Tom Coyne

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Peter Holland, the College of Arts and Letters’ associate dean for the arts and the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, has been named chair of the International Shakespeare Association. Holland, a professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre and Fellow of the Medieval Institute, was selected by the association’s executive committee from candidates nominated worldwide for the prestigious position. The association, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, the birthplace of Shakespeare, seeks to further the study of the playwright’s life and to connect Shakespeareans and Shakespeare societies around the world.

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Medieval Institute Announces New Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship

Author: Megan J. Hall

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Following substantial investment in the area of Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame, including the acquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization and generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is delighted to invite applicants for a nine-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies. This fellowship is designed for junior scholars with a completed doctorate whose research deals with some aspect of the Byzantine world.


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Notre Dame Philosophy Professor and Medievalist Wins Rising Scholar Award

Author: Tom Lange

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Therese Cory, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Philosophy and Fellow of the Medieval Institute, is analyzing theories crafted hundreds of years ago about how people interact with their surroundings. She wants to understand more about the original theories and whether they’ve been interpreted correctly over time. Recently, Cory wrote an essay based on her research that won the American Catholic Philosophical Association’s Rising Scholar Award.

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Medievalist Mimi Ensley Wins 2017 Notre Dame Shaheen 3MT® Competition

Author: Aaron Bell


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Mimi Ensley, a medievalist Ph.D. student from the Department of English won the 2017 Notre Dame Graduate School Shaheen Three Minute Thesis Competition on Monday night, March 27th. The Shaheen 3MT® is a communication competition where graduate students from the colleges of Engineering, Science and Arts & Letters try to effectively explain their research in a language appropriate to an audience of specialists and non-specialists alike, in three minutes or less.


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Video: English Professor and Medievalist Chris Abram on Old Norse and Pre-Christian Culture

Author: Arts and Letters

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Chris Abram, Fellow of the Medieval Institute and associate professor of English in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, is interested in the literary cultures of early medieval northern Europe. In this video, he discusses the large body of manuscripts found in Scandinavia written in Old Norse and what the stories within can tell us about pre-Christian culture.


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