Past Events

Complete Listing of Past Medieval Lunch Series Events


September 13, 2011

Kristina Hosoe, History.

“Benedict of Aniane, Benedict of Nursia, Martin of Tours, Wandregisil of Fontenelle: Which of These Saints Is Not Like the Others?”

September 20, 2011

Kevin Pool, Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
“Of Pilgrim Professors and Missing Manuscripts”

September 27, 2011

Greg Bryda, graduate student, History of Art, and Medieval Studies

“Nada Dada: the pseudo-Dionysius and Hugo Ball”

October 4, 2011

Beatrice Gruendler, Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

“Book Culture before Print: An Arabic Case Study”

October 11, 2011

Lauren Mancia, graduate student, History

“Battle Ducale: Monks and the Dukes Who Loved Them (Until They Didn’t)”

October 18, 2011

Paul Evans, Yale Ph.D.

“A few Days Spent on a Beinecke Manuscript of Carolingian Capitularies”

October 25, 2011

Marita von Weissenberg, graduate student, History

“From classroom assignment to conference paper: Lessons from the Yale Law Library Rare Books Collection”

November 1, 2011

Robert Nelson, Professor, History of Art

“The first Canonical Icon”

November 8, 2011

Anita Savo, graduate Student, Spanish & Portuguese

“Another Don Juan’s Twice-Told Tale”

November 15, 2011

Junius Johnson, Divinity School

“Seraphic Grace: St. Bonaventure’s Christian Platonism”

November 29, 2011

Ben Yousey-Hindes, Program Manager, Yale Development

“Bishops inter inimicos fidei in the thirteenth century”

January 10, 2012

Marcia Colish, Visiting Fellow, History

“Henry of Livonia: Cultural Anthropologist malgre’ lui”

January 17, 2012

Walter Goffart, Senior Research Scientist, History

“Bede as a Deliberate Historian”

January 24, 2012

Abbey Agresta, graduate Student, History
“The Doctor and the Notary: A Jewish Latinate Will from Fourteenth-century Catalonia”

January 31, 2012

Cherie Woodworth, independent scholar at the Center for Comparative Research, Yale 

“Abduction from the Seraglio”

February 7, 2012

Ana Del Campo, Fulbright Fellow

“My Heart is Raging, it Cannot Find Solace: A catalogue of Mourning Gestures through some Literary Iberian Sources”

February 14, 2012

Andrew Kraebel, graduate student English and Medieval Studies

“The Manuscript Tradition of Richard Ullerston’s Expositio canticorum Scripturae’ ”

February 28, 2012

Joseph Stadolnik,  graduate student, English and Medieval Studies

“Placing the Miracle Plays of Beinecke MS 841”

March 20, 2012

Elizabeth Hebbard, graduate student, French and Medieval Studies

“Rhyme and Reason: The Invocation of Saints in the Old French Fabliaux”

April 17, 2012

Mary Katherine Hurley, Visiting English

“Dangerous Knowledge: Magicians and Monsters in the Old English Wonders of the East”

April 24, 2012

Hadi Jorati, graduate student, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and Medieval studies

“A tale of two Narratives and (at least) four Authors”


September 21, 2010

Eric Weiskott, graduate student, English

“Chaucer the Forester: the Friar’s Tale, forest history, and officialdom”

September 28, 2010

Cherie Woodworth, independent scholar at the Center for Comparative Research, Yale

“Counterfeits and Contrary Evidence. Dynastic Legitimacy in 15th c. Moscow”

October 5, 2010

Laura Miles, graduate student, English

“The Gospel According to Margery”

October 12, 2010

Kevin Poole, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

“Using and Abusing Medieval Studies in Franco’s Spain”

October 19, 2010

Ed Peters, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

“A Talk About a Paper”

October 26, 2010

Jacqueline Jung, Assistant Professor, History of Art

“The Roasted Chicken of Chartres Cathedral: How to Reach the Masses with Gothic Architecture”

November 2, 2010

Carol Chiodo, graduate student, Italian

“Tutti i frutti. The Frozen Fruit of Inferno 33”

November 9, 2010

Paul Freedman, Chester D Tripp Professor of History

“Mastic from Chios: A Unique Product?”

November 16, 2010

Samantha Katz, graduate student, Medieval Studies

“‘A Mother to Me and a Daughter to You’: The Spiritual Direction of Elizabeth Barton, OSB”

November 30, 2010

Nienke  Venderbosch, graduate student, English

“Beowulf’s Grendel in the Nineteenth Century”

January 18, 2011

Elizabeth Walgenbach, graduate student, Medieval Studies

“Outlaws, Excommunicants, Rejects”

January 25, 2011

Ben Yousey-Hindes, PhD in medieval legal history

“Facebook for Priests”

February 1, 2011

Mark Anderson, graduate student, History

“Late Ancient Hospitals from the 4th to the 7th c. CE”

February 8, 2011

Lauren Mancia, graduate student, History

“John of Fécamp and Devotion at his Monastery”

February 15, 2011

Abigail Agresta, graduate student, History

“Meaning and Social Use of an Urban Garden: The Wedding Feast of Lorenzo de’ Medici”

February 22, 2011

Maria Clara Iglesias, graduate student, Italian

“Flesh and Spirit: Vices of Food and Language in Domenico Cavalca’s Pungilingua”

March 1, 2011

Unn Falkeid, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Italian

“Thorn in the Flesh. Pain and Poetry in Petrarch’s Secretum”

March 22, 2011

Micha Perry, Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Post-Doctoral Fellow, Judaic Studies

“Popular Images of Bilingual Documents in Medieval England”

March 29, 2011

Ephraim Shoham, Senior Lecturer in  Jewish History, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

“A Renegade Cleric, Two Thieves and Some Jews: Evidence of Jewish Involvement in Crime from the Eleventh Century Rhineland”

April 5, 2011

Walter Goffart, Senior Research Scientist, History

“An Experimental Introduction to Christianity for Today’s Students of Medieval History”

April 12, 2011

Christopher Platts, graduate student, History of Art

“Theodore Metochites, St. Michael the Archangel, and the Fate of a Soul: Reconsidering Art and Eschatology in a Late Byzantine Funerary Chapel in Istanbul”

April 19, 2011

Sarah Novacich, graduate student, English

“The Inward Map”

April 26, 2011

Hadi Jorati, graduate student, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

“Did the Mathematician Kill the King? A Medieval Murder Mystery”


Marcia Colish, Visiting Fellow in the History Dept., coordinator

April 20, 2010

Andrew Kraebel, graduate student, English and Medieval Studies

“The Wycliffite Bible Prologue and the Translation of Academic Discourse”

April 13, 2010

“To Speak of Silence: Clemence of Barking’s ‘Life of St. Catherine’ and Her Vision of Female Wisdom”

April 6, 2010

Francesca Trivellato, Associate Professor, History

“A Forgotten Legend about Medieval Jews and the Origins of Financial Capitalism”

March 30, 2010

Michael Sargent, Professor, English, Queens College, CUNY

“The Function of Textual Criticism at the Present Time” 

March 23, 2010

Walter Goffart, Senior Research Scholar, History

“The Many Faces of Burgundy”

March 2, 2010

Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre, graduate student, History

“Is Drinking Proper to Man?”

February 23, 2010

Howard Bloch, Professor, French

“Viollet le Duc and the Culture Wars of the 19th Century”

February 16, 2010

Kevin Poole, Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

“Of Dogs, Frogs, and Pimps: Defining the Antichrist in Eighth-Century Spain”

February 9, 2010

Cherie Woodworth, independent scholar at the Center for Comparative Research, Yale 

“Black Sea, White Sea, Red Sea, Blue Sea: Color and Toponyms in the Medieval World”

February 2, 2010

Elizabeth Archibald, English

“What Is ‘Educated’?  Questions and Answers from Carolingian Classrooms”

January 26, 2010

Micha Perry, Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Post-Doctoral Fellow, Judaic Studies

“Textual Transmission and the Transformation of Culture: The Medieval Jewish Case”

December 8, 2009

Cherie Woodworth, independent scholar at the Center for Comparative Research, Yale

“Ashkenazi Jews of Kiev: Urban Networks on the Medieval Slavic Frontier”

December 1, 2009

Colleen Farrell, graduate student, History

“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: The Creation of the Cult of St. Anne at Chartres”

November 17, 2009

Kathryn James, Assistant Curator for Early Modern Books and Manuscripts, Beinecke Library

“Finding Manuscripts  in the Beinecke Library Collection”

November 10, 2009

Philip Slavin, postdoctoral affiliate, Economic Growth Center

“How Great Was the Great Famine? Between Ecology and Institutions”

November 3, 2009

Sara McDougall, postdoctoral fellow, NYU Law School

“Abandoned Wives and the Law in Medieval Champagne”

October 27, 2009

E-Ching Ng, graduate student, Linguistics and Medieval Studies

“Swinging the Top: A Crux in the Old English Apollonius of Tyre”

October 20, 2009

Roberta Frank, Professor, English

“The Weirdest Poetry Ever Written: A New Edition with English Translation”

October 13, 2009

Jonathan Cayer, graduate student, French 

“‘By God I’ll Kill Them All’: Raoul de Cambrai, God, and the Longinus Legend”

October 6, 2009

Beatrice Greundler, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

“The Apostille (Tawqi’): Royal Brevity in the Pre-Modern Appeals Court”

September 30, 2009

Marcia Colish, Visiting Fellow, History

“The Play’s the Thing: Fact and Fiction in Medieval Staged Baptism”

September 22, 2009

Dimitri Gutas, Professor of Arabic, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

“Medieval Translations, Modern Politics”



Jackie Jung, Assisstant Professor in Art History and Marcia Colish, Visiting Fellow in History, coordinators

April 15, 2009

Adam Franklin Lyons, graduate student, History

“Economic Models of the Crisis of the Fourteenth Century”

April 1, 2009

Christopher Baswell, Professor, English, Barnard College and Columbia University

“Medieval Crippling and the Ethnic Uncanny”

March 25, 2009

“Chevax le Roi Artu: The Horses of Yale 229”

March 4, 2009

Andrew Kraebel, graduate student, English and Medieval Studies

“The Education of Anselm of Laon: Some Evidence from the Psalms Commentaries”

February 25, 2009
Paul Bushkovitch, Professor, History

“Orthodoxy and Islam in Medieval Russia”

February 18, 2009

Daniel Stein Kokin, Postdoctoral Fellow, Judaic Studies

“The Alphabetic Cross: Judaism and Hebrew in the Church Dedication Rite”

February 11, 2009

“Old Wine in New Bottles: The Digital Middle Ages”

January 28, 2009

Cherie Woodworth, independent scholar at the Center for Comparative Research, Yale

“Racism, Slavery, and Xenophobia before the Modern Era: Curious Examples from Russia, 13th-16th Century”

November 18, 2008

Cherie Woodworth, independent scholar at the Center for Comparative Research, Yale

“Princely Saints and Dynastic Legitimacy in Russia: Not What You Thought”

November 11, 2008

Youval Rotman, Associate Professor, History

“What’s a child’s will? Child’s agency and child labour in the Middle Ages and in the twenty-first century”

November 4, 2008

Philip Slavin, Postdoctoral fellow in Economic History

“A Case Study of England in Late-Medieval Crisis”

October 21, 2008

James Rodriguez, graduate student, History of Art

“Virgin Martyr, Warrior, Iconoclast: The Changing Image of St. Marina of Antioch”

October 14, 2008

Annemarie Weyl Carr, Emeritus Faculty University Distinguished Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University

“The Holy Sepulchre of St. John Lampadistes, Cyprus”

October 7, 2008

Mitchell Merback, Professor, Art History, Johns Hopkins University

“Relics and Immanence in German Pilgrimage Culture”

September 30, 2008

Jackie Jung, Assistant Professor, Art History

“The Baby Jesus and the Play of Art in a Medieval Convent (or, How the Nuns of Katharinenthal Got Their Own Knives)”

September 16, 2008

Alastair Minnis, Professor, English

“Wyclif’s Eden: Sex, Death and Dominion in Paradise”