Conway Lecture #1: Alice-Mary Talbot


Location: Snite Museum (Annenberg auditorium)

The 2014 Conway Lectures:

Varieties of Monastic Experience in Byzantium, 9th-15th Centuries

October 7: The Cenobitic Monk

Alice-Mary Talbot (Director of Byzantine Studies Emerita, Dumbarton Oaks) received her B.A. in Classics from Radcliffe College and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Byzantine and Ottoman History from Columbia University. After teaching at several colleges in Ohio, she spent the rest of her career as a project director and administrator at Dumbarton Oaks. She served as Executive Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, published in 1991, and as co-director of the Dumbarton Oaks Hagiography Database project from 1991 to 1997. From 1997 to 2009 she was Director of Byzantine Studies and editor of Dumbarton Oaks Papers. Dr. Talbot’s primary research interests are in the fields of hagiography, monasticism and gender studies, and she has focused much of her attention on the edition and translation of Byzantine texts. Among her major publications are The Correspondence of Athanasius I, Patriarch of Constantinople (1975), Faith Healing in Byzantium (1983), Women and Religious Life in Byzantium (2001), The History of Leo the Deacon (co-authored with Denis Sullivan, 2005), and The Life of St. Basil the Younger (co-authored with Denis Sullivan and Stamatina McGrath, 2014)

Today’s lecture will be followed by a short reception.

Lectures 2 and 3 in the Conway series will be delivered by Dr. Talbot on October 9 and 14.

In 2002, the Medieval Institute inaugurated a lecture series in honor of Robert M. Conway, a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame, trustee of the University, 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 lectures are then published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Future Conway Lectures will be delivered by John V. Fleming in 2015 and William Courtenay in 2016.