Friday, January 19, 2007

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Spring Events

***The University of Pittsburgh Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program:
Events of Interest for Spring 2007***


Friday, January 26, 4 pm at Carnegie Mellon University
Erwin Steinberg Auditorium (Baker Hall A53)
(Campus Map:

Professor Larissa Taylor (Colby College)
"Who Was Joan of Arc?"
Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies (PCMRS)


Friday, February 9th, 4pm at CMU
Erwin Steinberg Auditorium (Baker Hall A53)
Will West (Northwestern University)
“Elizabethan Dinner Theater”
Sponsored by PCMRS (see for more details)

Associate Professor at Northwestern, West has published Theatres and
Encyclopedias in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge UP, 2002), has co-edited
two books on Shakespeare, and is currently at work on a book called
Understanding and Confusion on the Elizabethan Stages.


Saturday, Febuary 10, 2007 8:00 pm Synod Hall
Benjamin Bagby
Renaissance and Baroque Society performance

Seamus Heaney's verse translation made Beowulf hip again. Benjamin Bagby
takes the saga back to its roots with his dramatic performance of this
Medieval horror story in Anglo-Saxon with English supertitles. For more
information and to purchase tickets, see the Renaissance and Baroque
Society’s website:


Friday, February 23rd at 4 pm in CL 501
Vance Smith (Princeton University)
Title TBA
MRST event, co-sponsored by the Department of English and the University
Honors College

Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Princeton
University, where he is also Director of Graduate Studies and of
Princeton’s Program in Medieval Studies. He is completing a book entitled
Dying Medieval: The Termination of Middle English Literature and working
on projects that include a book on medieval heraldic narrative and an
edition of Piers Plowman. He has received fellowships and grants from the
Guggenheim Foundation, the U.K. Fulbright Commission, the National
Humanities Center, the NEH, and the ACLS, among others. His recent
publications include Arts of Possession: The Middle English Household
Imaginary (Minnesota, 2003) and The Book of the Incipit: Beginnings in the
Fourteenth Century (Minnesota, 2001).


Monday, February 26th
Elliott Horowitz (Bar-Ilan and Johns Hopkins)
Details TBA
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program


Tuesday, March 27th at 4:15 pm in CL 501
Robert Durling will lecture on Dante
Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian

Durling’s translations of Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio have been
published by Oxford University Press. His translation of the Paradiso is


Thursday, March 29th at 4 pm in FFA auditorium
Bart Ehrman (UNC Chapel Hill)
“Misquoting Jesus:
Scribes Who Altered Scripture and Readers Who May Never Know”

MRST/PCMRS event, co-sponsored by the European Studies Center, and the
Department of Religious Studies

Ehrman is James A. Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department of
Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He
has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early
Christianity, including a college-level textbook on the New Testament, two
anthologies of early Christian writings, a study of the historical Jesus
as an apocalyptic prophet, and a Greek-English Edition of the Apostolic
Fathers for the Loeb Classical Library. His most recent books are Truth
and Fiction in the DaVinci Code (2004), Misquoting Jesus: The Story of Who
Changed the New Testament and Why (2005), and Peter, Paul, and Mary
Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend (2006).


Friday, March 30th at 4 pm in CL 501
Sarah Beckwith (Duke University)
“Forgiving in Shakespeare's Plays”

MRST/PCMRS event, co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Religious

Beckwith is Marcello Lotti Professor of English at Duke University.
Beckwith works on late medieval religious writing and has published on
Margery Kempe, the literature of anchoritism, and medieval theatre. Her
publications include Christ's Body: Identity, Religion and Society in
Medieval English Writing (Routledge, 1993), and Signifying God: Social
Relation and Symbolic Act in York's Play of Corpus Christi (Chicago,
2001). She is currently working on a book on medieval and Renaissance
drama centering on Shakespeare and the transformation of sacramental


Friday, April 13th at 4 pm in CL 501
Gábor Klaniczay (CEU, Budapest)
“Dreams and Visions in Medieval Miracle Accounts”

MRST event, co-sponsored by the European Studies Center

Klaniczay is Professor and Head of the Department of Medieval Studies at
the Central European University, Budapest. His research focuses on the
historical anthropology of medieval and early modern European popular
religion (sainthood, miracle beliefs, healing, magic, witchcraft). His
major works available in English are Holy Rulers and Blessed Princesses:
Dynastic Cults in Medieval Central Europe (Cambridge, 2002) and The Uses
of Supernatural Power: The Transformations of the Popular Religion in
Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Princeton, 1990).


Please join us! For more information, please see our website
( or contact:

Jennifer Waldron,
Acting Director, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh
Cathedral of Learning 526
Pittsburgh, PA 15260-0001
Phone: (412) 624-3246
Fax: (412) 624-6639

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