Each semester the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program hosts a lecture series featuring both UNL facualty members and graduate students and leading faculty for institutions from across the country and around the world speaking on their latest research in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Fall 2012 Lecture Series

“Out of the Past: Women of the "Middle Period" re-imagined in Chinese film and visual culture, Mulan and Her ‘Sisters’
October 4, 5:00pm, Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture at The Great Plains Museum
Professor Kristine Harris, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Asian Studies Program, SUNY/New Paltz
Co-sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Confucius Institute, UNL Women and Gender Studies Program, the Asian Community and Cultural Center, and the Department of History

Reception to follow

Harris' lecture will analyze the early 20th century trend in Chinese film and visual culture to rework classic narratives from the Tang and other sixth- through 10th-century periods. Among other things, the lecture will include illustrations and clips from 1910s-20s films based on the legendary Chinese heroine, Mulan -- a woman who joins the emperor's army in place of her ailing father. 

More information is available here.

“Protestant Reformers and Islam”
October 29, 7:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library
Emidio Campi, Emeritus Professor, Institute for Swiss Reformation History, University of Zurich
Co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, and the Research Council

Refreshments will be served

The lecture will examine early Protestant conceptions of Islam in the broader context of the late medieval and Renaissance thought.  The presentation situates the topic within major late medieval and early modern ideas about Islam in the Latin Christendom, then summarizes briefly the position of Martin Luther.  It will then explore in some depth the approach of the “Reformed Reformers”, i.e. Ulrich Zwingli, Theodor Bibliander, Heinrich Bullinger, and John Calvin to Islam.  Finally, it will offer some briefer reflections on the thorny issue of the Reformers’ perceptions of and responses to Islam, and their place in the history of Christian-Muslim relations.

Emidio Campi  is emeritus professor of ecclesiastical history and emeritus director of the Institute for Swiss Reformation History at the University of Zurich.  He has written extensively on Peter Martyr Vermigli, the Swiss Reformation, and the wider dissemination of the Reformed tradition.


New Faculty Present Research
November 8, 5:00-6:30pm Dudley Bailey Library
Opportunity for those in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program to meet our new faculty, Malte  Rehbein, Department of History, and Nora Peterson, Department of French, who  will present their research agendas and goals.

Refreshments will be served


Celebration of 600th anniversary of the birth of Joan of Arc
November 28, 5:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library
Joan of Arc festival to celebrate the 600th anniversary of her birth, with a scholarly presentation, poetry, music, and scenes from plays about Joan of Arc

Refreshments will be served


Past Lecture Series

Spring 2012

Fall 2011