CARA News: University of Vermont

Medieval Studies at the University of Vermont

In 2016-2017 an interdisciplinary group of medievalists at the University of Vermont, with the support of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, the Department of Romance Languages, and Bailey-Howe Library Special Collections, inaugurated the “UVM College of Arts and Sciences Medieval Studies Lecture Series,” which included:

October 18, 2016:  Alfred J. Andrea (Professor Emeritus, UVM),  “The Crusades in the Context of World History.”

January 19, 2017:  Tracy Adams (University of Auckland), “The French Royal Mistress and the Politics of Representation.”

February 8, 2017:  Ray Clemens (Yale University, Beinecke Library): “The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript: Theories on Its Origin and Use.”

February 13, 2017:  Jacques Dalarun (IRHT/CNRS, Paris), “The ‘Rediscovered Francis of Assisi’ in the Rediscovered Life by Thomas of Celano.”

Looking ahead:  On July 14, 2017 we are pleased to be hosting the 5th Annual “Vermont Midsummer Medieval Summit,” with pre-circulated papers from Cecilia Gaposchkin (Dartmouth College) and Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier (UVM), supported by the UVM Humanities Center (if you’ll be in the area and would like to attend, contact

The lineup for the 2017-2018 “Medieval Studies Lecture Series” is still being developed, but will include a public lecture by Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, University of London), November 9 (with the support of the Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies), on “The Child Murder Accusation against the Jews of Norwich:  Meaning, Memory and Legacy.”

Finally, we are proud to note that our own Dr. Charles F. Briggs is the winner of the inaugural UVM President’s Distinguished Senior Lecturer Award.  Well done, Charlie!

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