Past Lectures


April 7

Asa Mittman, Professor of Art History, California State University, Chico

“Bursting out of Bounds: Jews, Gag and Magog, and the Apocalypse”

February 25 

Jesus Rodriguez Velasco, Professor of Spanish, Columbia University

“Dead Voice: Fiction and Aesthetics in Medieval Law”

February 4

Sarah Stanbury, Monsignor Murray Professor in the Arts and Humanities, College of the Holy Cross

“Staging the Home: The Noah Plays and Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale”

FALL 2015

November 17

Chet Van Duzer, Kislak Fellow, Library of Congress

“Bringing to Life the World Map of Henricus Martellus (c.1491): Multispectral Imaging and Early Renaissance Cartography”

November 5

Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion, Harvard University

“How to be a Patient: Patienthood and Medical Thinking in the Medieval Islamicate World”

October 29 

Martha Newman, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin

“The Sacramental Imagination of Engelhard of Langheim: Cistercian Monks & Nuns Around the Year 1200”

September 24 

Giuseppe Mazzota, Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale University

“The Future of the Middle Ages: A Fourteenth-Century Polemic”


April 24,  9:30-5:00  Beinecke Library, Mezzanine Level, “Workshop in the Archival Sciences: Researching Medieval Fragments”
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America


April 23
David Wacks, University of Oregon, Associate Professor of Spanish

“Crusade, Conquest, and Conversion in the Medieval Iberian Romance (1250-1550)”

April 9, “Encounters with the Beinecke Medieval and Renaissance Collections”
A Panel of Yale Graduate Students:

Sebastian Rider-Bezerra (Medieval Studies) “Beinecke 956: An Early Example of Political Pamphleteering?”

Alexandra Reider (English) “Bookends and Booklets in Takamiya MS 33”

E-Ching Ng  (Linguistics)  “Batarde in MS 427:  Script Evolution is a Cycle”

Elizabeth Hebbard  (French)  “Manuscript Waste in Beinecke Incunabulae”

Eleonora Buonocore  (Italian Language and Lit)  “Deathbed Prayers:  Dante’s Credo, Antonio Da Ferrara and the practices of the Fraternity of Death in 15th Century Bologna”

April 8
Henrik Williams, Professor of Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala University, Sweden

“What Were the Vikings Thinking? Cracking the Runic Code”

February 19
Robin Fleming, Boston College, Professor of History

“Who is Buried in Early Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries?”

February 5
Susan Boynton, Columbia University, Professor of History

“Liturgy, History, and Cluniac Identity in Paris, BnF ms. latin 17716”


FALL 2014

September 25,

Anders Winroth, Yale University, History Professor

“The Glory of the Viking Ship in Reality and Myth”

October 16

Jonathan Lyon, University of Chicago, Associate Professor of Medieval History

“Authority & Violence, Lordship & Office Holding:  New Perspectives on Some Old Problems”

November 13

James Simpson, Harvard University, Donald & Katherine Loker Professor of English

“Pardon, Hypocrisy, & Temporality:  Reading Late Medieval & Early Modern Pardoners in Time”


February 20

Jeffrey  Hamburger, Harvard University, Professor of German Art and Culture

“Script as Image”

February 27 (at Whitney Humanities Center)

Karla Mallette, University of Michigan, Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies

“Philology without Texts:  Framed Narratives and Linguistic Complexity in the Late Medieval Mediterranean”

March 24, (Presented by Yale University History Department and Medieval Studies Program)

Maryanne Kowaleski, Joseph Fitzpatrick S. J. Distinguished Professor of Social Science and History and Director for the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University, NYC, and past President of the Medieval Academy of America

“Peasants and the Sea”

April 1, Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Beinecke, Rooms 38-39

Presentations by Yale University Graduate Students:

“Encounters with the Beinecke Medieval and Renaissance Collections”

Patrick Waldron:  “Cornazzano, Poet and Scribe? A 15th-century poem on nobility (Beinecke MS 1060)

Katherine Hindley:  “Takamiya MS 56:  A birth girdle”

Agnieszka Rec:  “April Fool’s Gold:  or How to hide alchemical secrets in 16th-century Germany (Mellon MS 27)

Fernanda Riva:  “Marston MS 253:  Alexander the Great in a school text from Northern Spain”

Emily Ulrich:  “Window into a bygone World:  Beinecke MS 1113 and the social networks behind Cortona’s Monastero Delle Poverelle

April 4, Beinecke Workshops in the Archival Sciences

Medieval Calendars

Led by Roger S. Wieck, Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum

April 7 

Patrick Geary, Professor of Medieval History, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

“Barbarian Migrations, Barbarian Invasions, or Something Completely Different:  History and Genetics in the 6th Century and the 21st” 



October 4

Marcia Colish, Lecturer in History, Yale University 

“The Boys on the Beach: Fortunes and Misfortunes of Rufinus of Aquileia in Medieval Debates on Fictive Baptism”


November 1

Stacy Klein, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University

“The Militancy of Gender and the Making of Sexual Difference in Anglo-Saxon Literature, c. 700-1100 AD”


November 8
Adam Kosto, Professor of History, Columbia University

” Statim invenire ante: Finding-Aids In Prescholastic Legal and Administrative Manuscripts”

March 7
Andrew Cole, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University
“Playing Humanist in Medieval Oxford”

March 28
Roy Mottahedeh, Gurney Professor of History, Harvard University
“The Eastern Voyages of the Qur’anic Solomon”

April 11
Beinecke Library
“A Celebration of the Beinecke’s Medieval Manuscripts: Five Case-Studies”

Andrew Kraebel on Osborn a29
Joseph Stadolnik on Beinecke 317
Juan Pablo Rodriguez on Beinecke 138
Sarah Ifft on Beinecke 906
Elizabeth Hebbard on Beinecke 918


October 6, 2011

Aden Kumler, University of Chicago

“The Genealogy of Jean le Blanc: Accounting for the Materiality of the Medieval Eucharist”

October 24, 2011

Louisa Burnham, Middlebury College

“Golden Showers: The Coagulating Cosmos of a Fourteenth-Century Mad Scientist”

November 14, 2011

Giles Constable, Professor Emeritus

School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies

“Letter Collections in the Middle Ages”

January 26, 2012

Nicholas Watson, Professor of English, Harvard University

“Angel Magic in the Medieval University: John of Morigny Rewrites the Ars Notoria


April 25, 2012

Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Professor of English; Mullarkey Chair, Fordham University

“Thinking Multilingually about the Middle Ages: Must We?”   


October 14, 2010

Dyan Elliott, Professor of Humanities & History, Nortwestern University

“The Bride of Christ Goes to Hell: The Life and Times of a Medieval Metaphor”

October 28, 2010

Susan Einbinder, Professor of Hebrew Literature, Hebrew Union College

“Seeing the Blind: Trauma and Poetry in the Medieval Ashkenaz”

November 11, 2010

Denys Turner, Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor Historical Theology, Yale University

“The ‘Pre-’ and the ‘Post-‘; But Which is the Age in the Middle?”

February 3, 2011

David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

“Where Europe Begins and Ends:  Problematics of Literary History, 1348-1418

February 17, 2011

Rachel Fulton Brown, Associate Professor of History, University of Chicago

” ‘Behold, the Handmaid of the Lord’: Reflections on the Virgin’s Humility”

March 24, 2011

Holger Klein, Associate, Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

“Image, Text, and Sacred Matter: The ‘Limburg Staurotheke” and the Rhetoric of Relics in Byzantium”

March 31, 2011

Anne Walters Robertson, Professor of Music and Humanities, University of Chicago

“Masses Based on Secular Songs and the Christological Art, Theology, and Literature of Mid- Fifteenth-Century Europe”


October 22, 2009

Celia Chazelle, Professor of History, College of New Jersey

“Why is This Feast Different from All Other Feasts?  The Eucharist in Early Medieval Europe”

October 8, 2009

Rita Copeland, Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania

“Naming, Knowing, and the Object of Language in a Twelfth-Century Grammar Curriculum”

February 18, 2010

Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, Yale University

“European Impressions of India and China in the Middle Ages”

February 2, 2010

Christopher MacEvitt, Associate Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College

“Fidelity among Infidels: Martyrs and Muslims in Franciscan Memory”

April 8, 2009
Herbert Kessler, Professor of Art History, Johns Hopkins University

“Crucifix as Cure:  Medieval Art and Healing”

April 16, 2009
Elizabeth A.R. Brown, Professor Emerita of History, City University of New York

“Testamentary Bequests and the Power of the Living (Le vif saisit le mort): The Case of Jeanne de Navarre (d. 1305) and Philip the Faire of France (r. 1285-1314)”

January 22, 2009
Amy Hollywood, Professor of Christian Studies, Harvard Divinity School

“Don’t  Touch Me”

November 6, 2008
Barbara J. Newman, Professor of English, Religion and Classics and Johns Evans Professor of Latin Language and Literature, Northwestern University

“Langland, Julian, and the Art of Lifelong Revision”

November 20, 2008
Aviad Kleinberg, Professor of History, Tel Aviv University
“Useful Trespasses”

January 30, 2008
Maria Rosa Menocal, Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale University
“Finest Flowering”: Poetry and Medieval Spain

February 20, 2008
Daniel Lord Smail, Professor of History, Harvard University
“Emotions and Somatic Gestures in Medieval Narratives: The Case of Raoul de Cambrai”

March 4, 2008
Bernard McGinn, Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity
University of Chicago Divinity School
“The Evangelical Pearl: The Last Masterpiece of Medieval Women’s Mysticism”

March 28, 2008
Roger Wright, Professor of Spanish, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies,
University of Liverpool, UK
“Bilingualism and Diglossia in the Iberian Peninsula, 300-1350”

April 9, 2008
Roger S. Wieck, Curator of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts, The Morgan Library and Museum
“The Sacred Bleeding Host of Dijon”

November 9, 2006
Jan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin, Harvard University
“Juggling the Middle Ages: The Reception of Our Lady’s Tumbler and Le Jongleur de Notre Dame”

October 24, 2006
Anne Middleton, Florence Green Bixby Professor of English Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
“Piers Plowman and the Invention of London Literary Language”

October 12, 2006
Susan Reynolds, Senior Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
“The Idea of the Nation as a Political Community: New or Old”

September 28, 2006
E. Ann Matter, Associate Dean of Arts and Letters and Professor of Religious Studies,University of Pennsylvania
“The Legacy of the School of Auxerre: Glossed Bibles, School Rhetoric, and the Universal Gilbert”

September 19, 2006
Robert Nelson, Robert Lehman Professor of Art History, Yale University
“Light at Sinai, Natural, Artifical, Divine”

April 6th , 2006
Margot E. Fassler, Robert Tangeman Professor of Music History and Liturgy and Professor of Musicology at the School of Music, Yale University
“Druids: Ritual and the Enlightenment at Chartres”

February 9, 2006
Caroline Walker Bynum, Professor of Western European Middle Ages, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
“The Blood of Wilsnack and the Fifteenth Century”

October 6, 2005
Jonathan J.G. Alexander, Sherman Fairchild Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
“Visual Representation of Commerce and the Market in Medieval Art”

September 22, 2005
Michael McCormick, Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History, Harvard University
“Early Medieval History in the 21st Century: A Molecular Approach”

April 14, 2005
Eamon Duffy, President of Magdalene College and Professor of the History of Christianity, University of Cambridge
“Grandees and Grocers: Elite and Popular Religion and the Book of Hours in Late Medieval England”

October 11, 2004
Marie Borroff, Sterling Professor of English Emeritus, Yale University
“Saint Erkenwald: Narrative and Narrative Artistry”