Lecture Series

Each semester the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program hosts events 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. Other community and campus cultural and lecture events related to the medieval and renaissance period are often included as well.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Past Events

Spring 2014

January 22, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library, 228 Andrews Hall

  • "Man’s Best Friend? Dogs and Pigs in Early Modern Germany," Alison Stewart, Professor of Art History, University of Nebraska
  • "Aemilia Lanyer and the Politics of Women’s Self-Fashioning in Early Modern England," Alicia Meyer, Graduate Student in English and Medieval and Renaissance Studies

January 30, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library, 228 Andrews Hall

  • "Notorious Irish Queen: Gráinne Ní Mháille, Graven Memory, and the Making of Legend," Brandie Siegfried, Nan Osmond Grass Professor of English Literature, Brigham Young University

February 17, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

  • "Geography and Culture: Two Rebellions in al-Andalus," Jessica Coope, Associate Professor of History, University of Nebraska
  • "Understanding Early American Spaces through Digital Reconstructions," James Coltrain, Assistant Professor of History, University of Nebraska

March 3, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

  • "Sacramental Revenge in Hamlet," Jay Zysk, Assistant Professor of English, University of South Florida

March 14, 7:00 pm, The Center for Great Plains Studies, 1155 Q. St.

  • Keynote Address, James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities: "'Travelling Bodyes': Theorizing subaltern Women’s Movements in(to) Protoimperialist England, c. 1560-1580," Bernadette Andreas, Professor of English, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Thursday, April 17, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Student Celebration and Awards Ceremony
  • Graduate essays as well as undergraduate essays and creative projects for the competition due Tuesday, April 1 by 5:00 pm to Professor Carole Levin, 612 Oldfather Hall

Monday, April 28, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

  • "The Language of Sacrifice and Suffering: A powerful political device shared by Elizabeth I of England and Henri II of France in times of crisis, 1584-1588," Estelle Parangue, Graduate Student in History, University College, London

Fall 2013 Events

Monday, September 23, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library, 228 Andrews Hall

  • "Overlooked: Katherine Hastings’ Literary Patronage and her Power and Influence in Elizabethan and Early Jacobean England," Catherine Medici-Thiemann, Ph.D. candidate, University of Nebraska
  • "Heathens Ravaging Christendom: Forming Lutheran Confessional Identity in Sermons on the 'Turks',"Paul Strauss, Ph.D. candidate, University of Nebraska

Thursday, October 3, 5:00 pm, Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St.

  • The Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture: "Meditations on Medieval Women: Poems Inspired by Art," Christine Stewart-Nuñez, South Dakota State University
  • Co-sponsored by the Hildegard Center for the Arts, the Department of English, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

  • Moira Buffini’s “Silence” - Directed by Dennis Henry, graduate student at the University of Nebraska, and staged in the Studio Theatre, October 10-20
  • Discussion of the play by the Director
  • Pre-talk Pizza Party

 Thursday, November 7, 5:00 pm, Dudley-Bailey Library

  • "'In Counterfeit Passion': Cross-Dressing, Transgression, and Fraud in Shakespeare and Middleton," Anastasia Bierman, McKendree University
  • "Mary Stuart: Black Widow or Sincere Mourner?," Alyson Alvarez, Ph.D. student, University of Nebraska

Spring 2013 Events

January 10, 5:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library
  • "John Dee and the Role of Magic at the Court of Elizabeth I," Glyn Parry, University of Northumbria

April 8, 5:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library

  • "Justification by Works in Reformation Theology," Anthony N. S. Lane, Professor of Historical Theology, London School of Theology

April 9, 5:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library

  • "Researching North America: Sir Humphrey Gilbert's 1583 Expedition and a Reexamination of Elizabethan Colonization in the North Atlantic World," Nate Probasco, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Fall 2012 Events

September 7, 6:00-9:00 pm, Noyes Gallery

  • "Altered Ages: Medieval and Renaissance Art Fantasy and Reality," opening at the Noyes Gallery, of art based on Medieval and Renaissance fantasy and reality.
  • Location: Noyes Gallery, 119 South 9th St.
  • Indigo Bridge Books will have a table with books by members of the program, including Carole Levin and Stephen Buhler, who will be available for book signing
  • Co-sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program

September 21, 5:00pm, Temple Building in Room 104

  • Graduate Program in Shakespeare and Performance
  • Dr. Julie Fox, Assistant Direction, graduate program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance in partnership with American Shakespeare Center at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia, will present a program on this exciting, innovative M. Litt and MFA program.
  • Co-sponsored by the Johnny Carson School of Theatre

October 4, 5:00pm, Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture at The Great Plains Museum

  • '"Out of the Past: Women of the 'Middle Period' re-imagined in Chinese film and visual culture, Mulan and Her ‘Sisters’," Professor Kristine Harris, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Asian Studies Program, SUNY/New Paltz
    • 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.
  • 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

October 11, 5:30pm, Dudley Bailey Library

  • Pizza and discussion about Agravio: Courage, Betrayal and a Woman Scorned with Professor Ian Borden before the show
  • Agravio: Courage, Betrayal and a Woman Scorned, Directed by Ian Borden
    • Play is held in the Temple Building

October 12-14, 2012

October 29, 7:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library

  • “Protestant Reformers and Islam," Emidio Campi, Emeritus Professor, Institute for Swiss Reformation History, University of Zurich
    • 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.
  • Co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, and the Research Council

November 8, 5:00-6:30pm, Dudley Bailey Library

  • New Faculty Present Research: This is an 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.

November 28, 5:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library

  • Celebration of 600th anniversary of the birth of Joan of Arc
  • This is a Joan of Arc festival to celebrate the 600th anniversary of her birth, with a scholarly presentation by Andrea Nichols (PhD Student, University of Nebraska), poetry, music, and scenes from plays about Joan of Arc


Spring 2012 Events

January 19, 5:30-7:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall) 

  • "The Occult Reformation: John Dee's English Conversion of Italian Inquisition Era Ciphers," Jason Gildow, Southeast Community College
  • "The Roman Index and Christian Hebrew Scholarship during the Sixteenth Century," Stephen Burnett, Classics and Religious Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

February 7, 10:30 am, Love Library Room 111 (ESC Room)

  • "Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Primary & Secondary Sources," Kathy Johnson, Professor & Humanities Librarian
  • Learn about the major print and electronic resources covering the period from 400 CE through 1700 CE, available through the University Libraries
  • Register at: http://unl.libcal.com/event.php?id=15880

February 10, 4:30-6:00pm, City Campus Union 

  • “Ordained Women in the Middle Ages: When Women Were Clergy," Gary Macy, Chair of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University
  • Co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Classics and Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, University of Nebraska Research Council 

March 1, 5:00-6:30 pm, Dudley Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall) 

  • “‘But Yet a Union in Partition’: Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart," Anna Riehl Bertolet, Auburn University
  • Co-sponsored by the Department of English and Women’s and Gender Studies Program 

March 2 , 2:00-4:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall) 

  • Workshop on finding and applying for fellowships in the humanities
  • Speakers: Anna Riehl Bertolet & Carole Levin
  • Co-sponsored by the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development 

March 16 , 5:00pm, Kimball Recital Hall 

  • "Love and Madness: Shakespeare in Opera," a performance of opera scenes directed by Kaley Smith. 

April 20-23

  • Symposium on “Transcendence in Mysticism and Music” 
  • April 23
    • 3:30pm, City Campus Union Auditorium -- Roundtable discussion on Transcendence in Mysticism and Music 
    • 7:30pm , City Campus Union -- Keynote "The Silent Nothingness of God," Bernard McGinn
  • For the full symposium schedule see: http://www.unl.edu/classics/ 

April 27, 3:30-5:00pm, Dudley Bailey Library, (228 Andrews Hall) 

  • A celebration of the awards & accomplishments of our graduate and undergraduate students

Fall 2011 Events

September 26, 7:30pm, City Campus Union

  • Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible -- "Creation and Legacy: A Panel Discussion" with Professors Steve Burnett & Sidnie White Crawford from the Dept. of Classics & Religious Studies, and Professors Steve Buhler & Laura White from the Dept. of English
  • Co-sponsored by the departments of Classics and Religious Studies & English. A reception will follow

October 10, 5:30-7:00pm, Great Plains Art Museum 

  • Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture -- “Playing at the Center of the Cosmos: The Meaning of Hildegard’s Ordo Virtutum," Dr. Margot Fassler, co-director of the Master of Sacred Music Program, University of Notre Dame
  • Co-sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts, the Department of Classics & Religious Studies and the School of Music. A reception will follow

 October 21, Lincoln Community Playhouse, time TBA

  • Live Theatre!
  • William Shakespeare’s Othello, performed by Flatwater Shakespeare, and directed by Bob Hall 
  • A group trip will be on the 21st
  • See www.flatwatershakespeare.org for full performance schedule

November 10, 5:00-6:30pm, Dudley Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall)

  • "'But here I am in Kent and Christendom': Country, Court, and Making a Nation," Kelly Stage, UNL Department of English
  • "Proof and Consequences: Women as Ministers of Revenge in The Merry Wives of Windsor," Marguerite Tassi, UNK Department of English

December 8, 7:00-9:00pm, St. Mark’s on the Campus 

  • Holiday Festivities and an open discussion -- "Whither Medieval and Renaissance Studies? Questions and Directions for the Field"

Spring 2011 Events

Coming soon!

Fall 2010 Events

September 9, 4:30pm, Love Library Room 110
  • celebration of the opening of the Love Library exhibit showcasing 15 years of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program
October 11, 7:30pm, Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q Street
  • "Traces of Memory of Heloise: Woman, Lover, Abbess, Philosopher," Bonnie Wheeler, director of Medieval Studies at Southern Methodist University
  • Co-sponsored by the Department of Hisotry and the Honors Program
October 28, 7:30pm, City Campus Union Regency Room
  • The Carroll R. Pauley Lecture
  • "'A formall hypocrite, A loathsome animall': Scotophobia, anti-Puritanism, and Charles I's appeal to public opinion on the eve of the English Civil War," Tim Harris, Munro-Goodwin Wilkinson Professor in European History, Brown University.
    • Read the article about the event in the Daily Nebraskan
    • Watch an offical recording of the lecture here.
  • Sponsored by the Department of History and the Carroll R. Pauley Memorial Endowment
  • Co-sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program
November 11, 7:30pm, Dudley-Bailey Library
  • "'Little Man, Little Man': Early Modern Representations of Robert Cecil," Catherine Loomis, Associate Professor of English, University of New Orleans
    • Watch an official recording of the lecture here.
December 2, 7:30pm, Dudley-Bailey Library
  • "Incest, Poison, and Slander at the Jacobean Court: The Lake Family and the Countess of Exeter," Carole Levin, director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and Willa Cather Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Spring 2010 Events

February 9, 7:30pm, Dudley-Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall)
  • "Listening to Hamlet: Some Editorial Considerations," Timothy Jackson, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • "Risking Rhetoric and Friendship in the Letters of Heloise and Abelard," Jennifer Constantine-Jackson, Regis College, University of Toronto
February 23, 7:30pm, Dudley-Bailey Library
  • A program on Shakespeare's Wife. 
  • Read the article about the event in the Daily Nebraskan.
March 21, 7:30pm, City Campus Union
  • "Old Age and the Disappearing Woman," Lynn Botelho, professor of hisotyr, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
April 29, 7:30pm, Dudley-Bailey Library
  • celebration of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, and of the student work submitted for the Undergraduate Essay and Creative Projects contest