Started 75 years ago by Fr. Philip Moore, CSC, the Medieval Institute has been the leading institution in the United States for the study of medieval Catholic culture and history. Beyond that, it has grown as well into a pre-eminent center for research and education on Greek Byzantium, Arab Islam, and the Jewish diaspora — and especially on a millennium of interactions among them. This is the Middle Ages you’ll meet here. To mark our 75th anniversary, we've planned a robust slate of activities for our community. Join us in celebrating all year long!
Begun in 2002 in honor of Robert M. Conway, Notre Dame alumnus and trustee and long-time friend and supporter of the Medieval Institute, the annual Conway Lectures bring senior scholars of international distinction to Notre Dame each fall to speak on topics across a variety of disciplines. The 2021 Conway Lectures will celebrate two important anniversaries: the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri and the 75th anniversary of the Medieval Institute. The speakers will be Simon Gilson (Oxford), Carol Lansing (UC, Santa Barbara), and Areli Marina (Kansas).
Established in 1946, the Medieval Institute is the oldest and largest center in the United States dedicated to the study and teaching of all aspects of medieval culture. Your gift will allow the Medieval Institute to continue the outstanding work of its faculty and students.
Conway Lecture 1: Carol Lansing (UC Santa Barbara), "The Power to Choose? Piccarda Donati in the Paradiso and Girls in Bologna's Criminal Court"
Omnia disce. Videbis postea nihil esse superfluum. (Learn everything, and you will see afterward that nothing is superfluous.)Hugh of St. Victor (d. 1141), Didascalicon 6.3