Houghton Workshops

The Standing Committee on Medieval Studies is pleased to announce two events for the spring term.

On Monday, March 5th, 5:30 p.m., Ken Pennington, Catholic University of America, will lecture in the Forum Room, Lamont Library. Professor Pennington’s topic will be:

“Reading the Ius Commune: The Secrets of Roman and Canon Law Manuscripts”

Professor Pennington’s lecture will explore the study and use of medieval legal manuscripts.  The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Richardson Room, Houghton Library.

Ken Pennington is Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, School of Canon Law and Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.  His most recent publications include: The History of Byzantine and Eastern Canon Lawto 1500, edited with Wilfried Hartmann (2012); Law as Profession and Practice in Medieval Europe: Essays in Honor of James A. Brundage, edited with Melanie Harris Eichbauer (2011) and The History of Medieval Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140-1234: From Gratian to the Decrees of Pope Gregory IX, edited with Wilfried Hartmann (2008).

On Wednesday, March 7th, 2:00-4:00 pm or Thursday, March 8th, 10:00 am-Noon in the Caspersen Room, Langdell Hall, Harvard Law School, Professor Pennington will conduct a workshop on reading and navigating medieval legal manuscripts using examples from Harvard special collections.

This workshop is one in a continuing series intended to provide students an opportunity to work closely with outstanding originals from Harvard special collections under the direction of a renowned specialist, in this case, Ken Pennington. Space in the workshop is limited and priority will be given to Harvard University students. If you would like to attend a workshop, please contact Monique Duhaime (duhaime@fas.harvard.edu) to reserve a morning or afternoon seat.

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