Ad-hoc Public Lecture Series

From time to time, ACMRS offers free public lectures by both local and visiting scholars. Below is a list of recent speakers.

2018 Spring Semester

  • Dr. James Helfers, Professor of English, Grand Canyon University, "Medieval Pilgrimage Narratives and Their Maps"
  • Dr. John Bowers, Department of English, UNLV, "J. R. R. Tolkien and the Pardoner's Tale"
  • The Sixth Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration featuring, Kim Zarins, California State University, Sacramento
  • Dr. Nina Berman, Professor of International Letters and Cultures, ASU, "Categories of Exclusion and Inclusion during the Islamic Middle Ages"
  • 2017 Fall Semester

  • Dr. Stephen Marques Matuszak, Theology and Philosophy, Notre Dame Preparatory, "The virtues in the writings of Saint Bonaventure and the impact on Franciscan Masters"
  • Dr. Dino S. Cervigni, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "The Decameron Unknown to Boccaccio’s (and Chaucer’s) Scholars"
  • 2016 Fall Semester

  • Antonio Herrería Fernández, ASU, "Between Excellence & Mediocrity: Analyzing the Tall Poppy Allegory in the Plays of Lope and Shakespeare"
  • Malcolm Comeaux, ASU, "Two Medieval Games & What They Say About Society"
  • Frederick Kiefer, University of Arizona, "Why Hamlet and Horatio Cannot Agree"
  • Daniel Holcombe, ASU, "Queering Don Quixote"
  • Sharonah Fredrick, ACMRS, "Legends of Celtic Exploration in the Ancient Americas: Saints, Princes, & Red-Haired Gods"
  • 2016 Spring Semester

  • Patrick Geary, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University, "Genomic Research on European Migrations at the End of Antiquity"
  • Mauricio Suchowlansky, ASU, "From Inequality to Wonderful Equality: Society and Civil Discord in Machiavelli's Florentine Histories"
  • Meghan Nestel, ASU, "A Space of Her Own: Genderfluidity and Negotiation in the Life of Christina of Markyate"
  • Andrew Laird, Warwick University, "Aztec Scholars: Appropriations of European Classical Learning by Native Writers in Post-Conquest Mexico"
  • Sharonah Fredrick, ACMRS, "Tempe as Cultural Crossroads: American Southwest During the Age of Empire"
  • 2015 Fall Semester

  • Robert Bjork, ASU, "Beowulf of the Many Faces"
  • Juliet Wilkins, ASU, "'Venite Adoramus:' Richard III, York Motets and Pageantry, and the Liturgy of Sovereignty"
  • Angelica Pujol, ASU, "Early Modern Mexico Through Image and Text"
  • Sharonah Fredrick ACMRS, "Vampire Lore from Transylvania to Ancient Peru"
  • 2015 Spring Semester

  • Eric Breault, ASU, "The Grim Reaper as Religious Icon"
  • Yamrot Teshome, ASU, "Challenging Social Norms: Ethiopian Women in the Medieval Era"
  • Zaellotius Wilson, ASU, "Sancha's Palace-Monastery Complex: The Rebuilding of the Leonese Community in the Eleventh Century"
  • Sharonah Fredrick, ACMRS, "Celtic and Native American Legends: Shared Symmetries from Medieval Arizona to the High Court of Tara
  • 2014 Fall Semester

  • Jaime Lara, ASU, "Apocalypse in the Andes: Saint Francis, the Incas, and Militant Angels"
  • Catherine Saucier, ASU, "John the Evangelist as 'summus secretarius' in Medieval Music, Exegesis, and Iconography"
  • 2014 Spring Semester

  • Robert Bjork, ASU, “Paradise Lost; Paradise Regained: The Power of Outreach, Marketing, and Development in Medieval and Renaissance Studies”
  • Heather Maring, ASU, "Lords and Retainers in the Old English Genesis A, Andreas, and Advent Lyrics"
  • Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona, "Madness in the Middle Ages – Epiphany or Mental Illness? Alternative Perspectives on Insanity from a Medieval Point of View"
  • John Henry Adams, ASU, "What is Between the Covers: Books and the Public/Private Divide"
  • Jordan Loveridge, ASU, "Saintly Topoi: The Liberatory Rhetoric of the Medieval Miracle Collections"
  • Christopher Roberts, ASU, "Horses, Boars, and Migrating Tribes: Artistic Content and Identity Politics in Early Medieval England"
  • Arthur Russell, ASU, "The Sense of Feeling in Richard Rolle's Incendium Amoris"
  • Catherine Saucier, ASU, "Visionary, Innovator, and . . . Composer? Juliana of Cornillon and the New Feast of Corpus Christi"
  • 2013 Fall Semester

  • Norbert Samuelson, ASU, "Light and Enlightenment in Early Modern Philosophy and Religion"
  • David Baum, West Texas A&M University, "Fascism & the Italian Renaissance"
  • 2013 Spring Semester

  • Christopher Roberts, ASU, "Hypothesis Testing in the Humanities? A Digital Contribution to the Debate on Early “Germanic” Identity"
  • 2012 Spring Semester

  • Alaya Swann, ASU, "Navigating 'That Narrow Space': Mystical Midwifery and Birgitta of Sweden"
  • 2011 Fall Semester

  • Brent C. Landau, University of Oklahoma, "Christmas from the Wise Men's Point of View: The Revelation of the Magi"
  • Richard Newhauser, ASU, "The Chaucerian Multisensual"
  • 2011 Spring Semester

  • Gerard J. Brault, The Pennsylvania State University, "Return to Roncesvalles: Reflections on the Song of Roland"
  • Catherine Saucier, ASU, "Civic Rhetoric in the Martyrial Liturgy and Hagiography of Medieval Liège"
  • Paul Brand, All Souls College, Oxford, "Formal record and courtroom reality in 13th-century England"
  • Bryan VanGinhoven, ASU, "The Pilgrim, the Beggar, and the Virgin: Recognizing the Sacred in Twelfth-Century St. Albans Abbey"
  • 2010 Fall Semester

  • Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona, "Friendship and the Medieval Hero"
  • 2010 Spring Semester

  • Ryan Paul, ASU, "Iconoclasm and Devotional Poetry in Early Modern England"
  • 2008 Spring Semester

  • Penny Richards (University of Cheltenham) and Jessica Muns (Director of Gender and Women Studies – University of Denver), “The Myth of the Guise”
  • 2007 Fall Semester

  • Rachel Scott, ASU, “Leper Hospitals in Medieval Ireland”
  • Brian McGuire, Roskilde University, Denmark, “The Meaning of Christianization: The Case of Denmark, 700 – 1300”
  • 2003 Fall Semester

  • C. Stephen Jaeger, "Alcuin and the Music of Friendship"
  • 2003 Spring Semester

  • Amy Holbrook, "Allegorical Representations of the Discipline of Music in Medieval Latin Literature"
  • William Chester Jordan, "'Convenable and Convenient for Suche Offices': Anti-Corruption Campaigns in Thirteenth-Century Principalities"
  • Stephen Murray, "The Spaces of Medieval Architecture and Virtual Reality"
  • Donka Minkova, "Alliteration Rules! From Old to Middle English"
  • Robert Stockwell, "Emendation and the Chaucerian Metrical Template"
  • 2002 Fall Semester

  • Dale Kent, "Patronage and Patriarchy in Renaissance Florence"
  • Paul Sellin, "The Large, Rich, and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana": Sir Walter Raleigh's "Lost" Gold Mine on the Orinoco
  • 2002 Spring Semester

  • William Calin, "Intertextual Play and the Game of Love: The Quarrel over La Belle Dame sans mercy"
  • Teresa Sanchez Roura, "Anachronisms in the Townley Play of Noah"
  • Juan Sanz Ballesteros and Miguel Angel Coso Marin, "Escenografia contempora-nea para teatro espanol del Siglo de Oro"
  • Paul Monod, "One Royal Body or Two? The Problem of Sacred Monarchy in Early Modern Europe"
  • Luuk Houwen, "The Bestiary Genre: A Reassessment"
  • John W. Williams, "History as Myth, Myth as History: The Tomb of the Apostle at Santiago de Compostela"
  • Jan Papy, "The Transformations of Stoicism in the 16th Century: Erasmus and Lipsius Editing and Interpreting Seneca"
  • 2001 Fall Semester

  • Eric Hollas, "The Saint John's Bible"
  • Anders Fröjmark, "From the Wedding in Copenhagen to the Blood Bath of Stockholm: The Scandinavian Kingdoms in the Age of the Kalmar Union (1397-1523)"