The Medieval Institute's 2020 Conway Lectures on the topic of "Race in the Middle Ages" featured three speakers:
- Sara Lipton (Stony Brook University), "'Jews Will Not Replace Us': Identity and Difference in Medieval Polemic and Modern Politics"
- Cord J. Whitaker (Wellesley), "'From Medieval America to Modern': Medieval Black Metaphors, the Harlem Renaissance, and Antiracist Chivalry Today"
- Suzanne Conklin Akbari (Institute for Advanced Study), "Racializing Religion: The Case of the Ethiopian Magus and the Jews of Cologne"
Lecture 3, published with the permission of the speaker, was held on Friday, November 6, 2020, via Zoom.
In 2002, the Medieval Institute inaugurated a lecture series in honor of Robert M. and Ricki Conway. Robert Conway is a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame and trustee of the University, and he and his wife are long-time friends and supporters 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.
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