Music History and Liturgy Professor Elected President of Medieval Academy of America

Author: Tom Coyne


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Margot E. Fassler, the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at Notre Dame and Fellow of the Medieval Institute, will become president of the Medieval Academy of America in April. As head of the largest organization in the United States promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies, Fassler hopes to focus attention on a historical era that she believes can provide better understanding of the political, environmental, and class problems currently facing the globe. Read More

Professor Deborah Black Lectures on the Epistemology of Averroes

Author: Brandon Cook

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On Thursday, February 23th, the Medieval Institute was pleased to welcome guest speaker Deborah Black, Professor of Philosophy and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. Prof. Black delivered a learned lecture entitled "Constructing Averroes's Epistemology". Read More

Evan Freeman Lectures on Visualizations of Byzantine Liturgical Objects in the New Byzantine Series

Author: Brandon Cook

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On Friday, February 17th, the Medieval Institute warmly welcomed guest speaker Evan Freeman, Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art at Yale University and Lecturer in Liturgical Art at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Freeman led a seminar entitled “Ritual Object, Represented Object: Visualizing Liturgy in the Byzantine Church Program."  Read More

History Professor and Fellow of the Medieval Institute Wins Urban History Association Book Award

Author: Arts and Letters

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Alexander Martin, a Notre Dame professor of history and fellow of the Medieval Institute, has won the Urban History Association’s Best Book Award for a work of non-North American urban history published in 2013-14. His book, Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762–1855 also won the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize awarded by the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association to the best book in any discipline or language on the history and culture of Russia during that time period. Read More

Notre Dame, Holy Cross Lead Transformational Liberal Arts Education Program at Indiana Prison

Author: Josh Weinhold

Driven by a commitment to Catholic social teaching and a strong belief that a liberal arts education can transform lives, Notre Dame and Holy Cross College faculty, one of whom is a fellow of the Medieval Institute, are teaching college-level courses for inmates at Indiana's Westville Correctional Facility. Since 2013, nearly 100 inmates have earned college credit and 11 have earned associate degrees as of this month. But developing a strong foundation in reading, writing, research, public speaking, and critical thinking offers benefits that go far beyond the professional opportunities a degree might one day provide. Read More

An Interview with Thomas E. Burman, the New Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute

Author: Brandon Cook

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Thomas E. Burman, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, is a scholar of intellectual and religious history, Latin Christendom, and Arab Islam in the medieval and early modern periods. As of the new year, he is also the Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute. We sat down with Prof. Burman to talk about his new appointment at Notre Dame. Read More

Anthropologist and Film Professor Launch Innovative Multimedia Book on Irish Islands

Author: Carrie Gates

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The abandoned island of Inishark off the coast of western Ireland is coming to life again thanks to new technology—a multimedia book project by Notre Dame anthropologist and fellow of the Medieval Institute Ian Kuijt and filmmaker William Donaruma ’89. Through an innovative collaboration, they’ve created Island Places, Island Lives, a guidebook detailing the heritage and history of Inishark and its neighboring island, Inishbofin. Along with text and photographs, the book incorporates short videos of the island that appear on a smartphone or tablet when readers, using a free companion app, hold their device over key images in the book. Read More