Achievements and Publications

faculty of the Medieval Institute frequently receive recognition at the highest level for their research and teaching activities. Some recent marks of distinction are noted below.

Theodore J. Cachey Jr. Named Director of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway

Theodore Cachey, the Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame has been named the inaugural academic director of the university’s Global Gateway in Rome. The Global Gateway is located two blocks from the Colosseum in a newly renovated building on the Via Ostilia.

Cachey will work with colleagues from Notre Dame, Italy, and Europe on a variety of outreach initiatives, such as student programs, research, scholarly conferences and events. He will be a key partner in extending the international influence of Notre Dame faculty’s scholarship and research.

Two MI Faculty Named Guggenheim Fellows

Olivia Remie Constable, Professor of History and Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute, and Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, were awarded 2012 fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Each will use the funds to support her research during a year-long sabbatical leave in 2012-13.

Constable’s work centers on relationships between Christians and Muslims in southern Europe from the twelfth through the sixteenth centuries. Fassler will focus on a study of Hildegard of Bingen and her vision of the cosmos.

In an interview with Notre Dame’s student newspaper, The Observer, Constable noted,“I think that it is testimony to the strength of medieval studies at Notre Dame, and to the strength of our medievalist faculty, that we both won a Guggenheim fellowship in the same year. We really have some amazing scholars working on the Middle Ages at Notre Dame who are doing innovative and fascinating work in many different fields.”

ACE/Mercers’ International Top Book Award Goes to Margot Fassler

The 2011 ACE / Mercers’ International Book Award for a recent publication which makes an outstanding contribution to the dialogue between religious faith and the visual arts went to Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, for The Virgin of Chartres: Making History through Liturgy and the Arts (Yale University Press, 2010). Presented by Art & Christianity Enquiry (ACE) at a ceremony in London, the prize showcases “the very best of international academic research in the field of art and religion,” according to ACE Director Laura Moffatt.

ACE is the United Kingdom’s leading organization in the field of visual art and religion. ACE’s activities range from curating exhibitions in churches, international conferences, a quarterly journal, web-based listings of modern works of art in churches, education in theological colleges, partnering national art institutions in study days and seminars, and providing speakers for lectures and conferences to interfaith work with artists from the three Abrahamic faiths. See the ACE press release announcing the prize for more details.

Emery Brings Scotistic Commission of America to Notre Dame


The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Kent Emery, Jr. (left), as Principal Investigator, a 3-year grant of $300,000 (outright) for directing the critical edition of the multiple Reportationes of John Duns Scotus’ lectures on the Sentences of Peter Lombard at the University of Paris; with the University of Notre Dame’s cost-sharing contribution, the total for the project is $533,774.

The grant establishes the Scotistic Commission of America (SCA) at the University of Notre Dame, in the Medieval Institute. The Commissio Scotistica in Rome is responsible for completing the critical edition of Duns Scotus’ Ordinatio, his Oxford commentary on the Sentences; the American Commission is responsible for editing Scotus’ Opera theologica Parisiensia, which include, besides the Reportationes, Scotus’ Quodlibet and Collationes. The volumes of the Opera theologica will be published in the series Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols).Timothy B. Noone (Catholic University of America) will co-direct the edition with Professor Emery. Stephen Dumont (Dept. of Philosophy) and Bernd Goehring (Program of Liberal Studies) are on the editorial team, as are two doctoral candidates from the Medieval Institute, Garrett R. Smith and Stephen M. Metzger.

This project fits the “mission” of Our Lady’s University especially well. Duns Scotus is called the Marian Doctor, because by his subtle reasoning he secured the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary against Scholastic objections. At the pontifical ceremony accompanying Pope Pius IX’ solemn declaration of the mystery of the Immaculate Conception as a dogma of the Catholic faith in the Bull Ineffabilis Deus (8 December 1854), the Franciscan Order was given pride of place in honor of Duns Scotus’ and his followers’ intrepid promotion of the doctrine. Blessed John Duns Scotus was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 20 March 1992.

Multiple Prize Winner Thomas F.X. Noble to Lead American Catholic Historical Association

Noble and students

Thomas F.X. Noble, (at the left in the accompanying photo) outgoing chair of the Department of History at Notre Dame, was elected vice president of the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) in 2011 and will become its president in 2012. A former director of the Medieval Institute, Noble has been a member of the ACHA for 35 years and is a past member of its executive council. Noble won the 2011 Otto Gründler Book Prize from Western Michigan University for Images, Iconoclasm, and the Carolingians (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). Notre Dame honored Noble with the 2011 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award, presented annually to an outstanding teacher in the College of Arts and Letters who has sustained excellence in research and instruction over a wide range of courses. Noble will be on leave during the 2011-12 academic year and working on a new book, Rome in the Medieval Imagination, with the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. Read More >

Constable Article Best in the Field of Medieval Iberian History

Olivia Remie Constable is the winner of the Bishko Memorial Prize from the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies (ASPHS) for the best article published in 2009 or 2010 in the field of medieval Iberian history by a North American scholar. The prize was awarded at the 2011 annual meeting of ASPHS in Lisbon this July.  “Regulating Religious Noise: The Council of Vienne, the Mosque Call and Muslim Pilgrimage in the Late Medieval Mediterranean World” appeared in Medieval Encounters 16 (2010) 64-95 .

Library Acquisitions Grant for Byzantine Borderlands

Robin Darling-Young is the recipient of a $115,750 Notre Dame Library Acquisitions Grant to purchase books on “Byzantine Borderlands.”

Van Engen Wins Three Major Prizes and Grant Support for Book

John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History, garnered three major book prizes for his latest book-length work: Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life: The Devotio Moderna and the World of the Later Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). The volume won the 2010 Otto Gründler Book Prize (presented by Western Michigan University), and the John Gilmary Shea Prize (awarded by the American Catholic Historical Association) and the Philip Schaff Prize (from the American Society for Church History) in 2009. The Notre Dame Office of Research awarded Van Engen a Faculty Research Support Regular Grant for a book-related project that will focus on editing twenty-nine “Lives” of adherents to the Common Life movement, and “Letters” exchanged among them. The grant will support four postdoctoral appointments over the course of three years. Read More >

Dante Expert Baranski Joining ND Faculty

Zygmunt G. Baranski joined the University of Notre Dame faculty in fall 2011 as the University’s first Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies. He has been a visiting distinguished professor at Notre Dame on several previous occasions and has given numerous guest lectures on campus over the past two decades. Baranski’s areas of scholarly interest are Dante and medieval poetics, and modern Italian literature, film and culture. He has written or edited 16 books and more than 100 articles. His books include “‘Chiosar con altro testo’. Leggere Dante nel Trecento” (2001), “Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture” with co-editor Rebecca West (2001), and “Dante e i segni. Saggi per una storia intellettuale di Dante” (2000).