75th Anniversary

75 Collage

Started in 1946 by Fr. Philip Moore, CSC (pictured above, bottom left), 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 in 2021, we've planned a robust slate of activities for our community. Join us in celebrating all year long! 


Our kickoff video, "The First 75 Years," premiered on August 26th at 4:15 PM U.S. at our opening reception. 


"The Crossroads of Everything: The Medieval Institute celebrates 75th anniversary," written by Carrie Gates and published on the Notre Dame home page on November 17, 2021; republished on Medievalists.net

ABC57 covered our Halloween tailgate in their Saturday morning broadcast on October 30, 2021, in "University of Notre Dame's Medieval Institute hosts new gameday tradition"


September 11 — Medieval Combat, 11:30 AM at McCourtney Green

September 18 — Tailgate with Falconry, 12 PM at Hesburgh Library, West Lawn

October 1 — “Post-Pandemic Labor Markets," 3 PM at LaFortune Student Center, Room 102

October 2 — "The Middle Ages in an Object," 12 PM Hesburgh Library, West Lawn

October 23 — Tailgate with a Medieval Blacksmith, 5 PM at McCourtney Green

October 30 — Medieval Ghost Stories & Pumpkin-Carving Competition, 5 PM at Hesburgh Library, West Lawn

November 5 — Roundtable: The Common Good, 3pm at McKenna Hall, Room B02

November 6 — Hildegard von Bingen’s Cosmic Egg, 11 AM at Jordan Hall of Science, Digital Visualization Theater

November 20 — Harvest Feast, 12 PM at Hesburgh Library, West Lawn


Medieval Institute Main Reading Room (715J Hesburgh Library) and live on our YouTube channel

September 2 — Leslie Lockett (Ph.D. '04)

February 17 — Andrew Irving (Ph.D. '12)

March 17 — Rachel Koopmans (Ph.D. '01)


Joyce Center, Monogram Room
September 23–24

This year's Robert M. and Ricki Conway Lectures celebrated two important anniversaries: the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri and the 75th anniversary of the Medieval Institute. The speakers will be Carol Lansing (UC, Santa Barbara), Areli Marina (Kansas), and Simon Gilson (Oxford).

Find more details about all of these, and more, on our events page.

Visitors to campus, please review the University's visitor and masking policies before attending.


"Father Philip Moore: A Founder's Tale"