Past YLMS events

Spring 2024 events

Thursday, February 8th, Mike Kestemont, Full Research Professor, Department of Literature at the University of Antwerp, works in the Computational Humanities with a focus on the application of machine learning and natural language processing and statistics for the analysis historic data, including computational text analysis for premodern literature.

Thursday, February 29th, Volker Leppin, Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology at Yale Divinity School, is a Reformation scholar and the author of a much celebrated biography of St. Francis, on whom he will be presenting.

Thursday, May 2nd, Aileen Das, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Middle East Studies, and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, is a specialist in Greco-Roman and Islamicate medicine and philosophy; and science, technology, and society (STS) studies. Her first monograph was a study of the Arabic reception of Plato’s Timaeus via Galen.

Fall 2023 events

Thursday, October 5th, Melitta Weiss Adamson, Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Western Ontario, is a specialist in classical and medieval medicine, dietetics, and cuisine.

Thursday, November 16th, Dorothy Kim, Assistant Professor in the English Department at Brandeis University, works on Jewish and Christian interaction in the Middle Ages, digital humanism, and feminist discourses.

Thursday, December 7th, Tim Newfield, Assistant Professor, Departments of History and Biology at Georgetown University, is a historical epidemiologist and environmental historian currently working on climate change and food shortage in Late Antiquity.

Spring 2023 events

Thursday, February 9, Jonathan Hsy, Associate Professor of English, George Washington University

Thursday, April 6, Romedio Schmitz-Esser, Professor of Medieval History (Later Middle Ages) at Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg. Co-Sponsored by the Buddhist Studies Initiative.

Thursday, April 20, Elina Gertsman, Professor of Medieval Art and Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor in Catholic Studies at Case Western Reserve University (*please note the different location).

Thursday, May 4, Luke Yarbrough, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA

Fall 2022 events

Thursday, September 22, Jesús Velasco, Augustus R. Street Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Comparative Literature, Yale University

Thursday, October 6, Candace Buckner, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, Virginia Tech University

Thursday, December 1, Elizabeth Papp Kamali, Austin Wakeman Scott Professor of Law, and Deputy Dean of Harvard Law School


Spring 2022 events

Thursday, 10 March 2022, Andrew Hicks, Associate Professor of Music, Cornell University; “Listening Otherwise in the Medieval Persian Tradition: From the Global to the Otherworldly”

Thursday, 5 May 2022, Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe, Professor Emerita of English, University of California, Berkeley; “Eagerly, Swiftly, Needfully: Stirring Devotion in Old English Metrical Psalms”

Cancelled due to COVID: Lucie Laumonnier


Fall 2021 events

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, Yale Faculty New Publications Panel (Zoom)

  •      Marcel Elias, Assistant Professor of English, Yale University
  •      Frank Griffel, Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University
  •      Valerie Hansen, Professor of History, Yale University
  •      Eric Greene, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University
  •      Luke Bender, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University

Thursday,  18 November 2021, William Caferro, Professor of History, Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science; “Pope Gregory X and Dante’s Florence”

Thursday, 9 December 2021, Shirin Khanmohamadi, Professor of Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University; “Splendorous Saracens: Appropriating Islamicate Prestige in the Chansons de Geste”


Spring 2021 events

Thursday March 4, Thomas Burman (University of Notre Dame): “The Correspondence of Emperor Leo III (717-41) and Caliph Umar II (717-20): Arguing Mediterranean Religion Across the Middle Ages.”

Thursday March 25, Nahir Otaño Gracia (University of New Mexico): “Broken Dreams: Medievalism and Race in Alejandro Tapia y Rivera’s Póstumo el Envirginiado.”

Thursday April 8, Jennifer Saltzstein (University of Oklahoma): “Landscape, Identity, and Song: Projections of Person in Thirteenth-Century Trouvère Songbooks.” 

Thursday April 29, Sharon Kinoshita (University of California - Santa Cruz): “Marco Polo and the Diversity of the Global Middle Ages.” 

Fall 2020 events

Thursday December 10, Jack Tannous (Princeton University): “Lost and (Not) Found: Syriac Literature as a ‘Miserable Wreck’.”

Tuesday September 22, Mark Chinca (University of Cambridge): “Remembering the Last End in the Late Middle Ages: Rhetoric and Composition.” Watch the lecture here.