Medieval Fair Free Lecture Series
Co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Oklahoma
Come learn more about the middle ages just for the fun of learning!
No papers, no tests, just interesting information about life long ago.
A special thank you to Professors Joseph Sullivan and Joyce Coleman for coordinating all of our speakers this year and to the Norman Public Library for hosting us!
Lecture 3, Friday February 28, 2014
Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
"The Tumultuous Seventh Century: The Arab-Islamic Conquests and the Reshaping of the World"
Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies, Schusterman/Josey Program in Judaic & Israel Studies, OU
In the fourth decade of the seventh century, Muslim warriors burst out of Arabia and onto the world stage, bringing with them the revolutionary message of the new creed of Islam. Within the short span of a few decades, these Arab tribesmen succeeded in vanquishing the two super-powers of the age and in establishing their rule over a massive stretch of land from Spain and North Africa in the west to India in the east. The events of this turbulent century and the eventual emergence of Islamic civilization changed the face of the Middle East and the course of world history.
Lecture 4, Friday March 28, 2014
The Songs of the Troubadours: Courtly Love in Medieval France and Beyond"
Jennifer Saltzstein Associate Professor, School of Music, OU
Lecture 5 - Friday April 18, 2014
"The Extraordinary Journey of Finch and Baines"
Jamie Hart, Professor and Chair, History Dept., OU
This lecture will trace the unique educational and professional lives of two young Englishmen, John Finch and Thomas Baines, in the mid seventeenth century, and will examine what their experience of life-long partnership has to tell us about European society, diplomacy, and intellectual exchange, in a time of deep uncertainty and conflict.
Past Lectures of the 2013-2014 Season
Lecture 1, Friday October 25, 2013
"Hildegard von Bingen: Mystical Visions, Celestial Harmonies"
Susan Caldwell, David Ross Boyd Professor Emerita, Art History, University of Oklahoma
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was truly one of the luminaries of the twelfth-century renaissance in Europe. Abbess of a women’s monastery, she wrote theological texts; an encyclopedia of plants, animals, gems and metals; a book on medicine, which included extensive material on sexuality; and, not least of all, beautiful, creative and unusual liturgical music to be sung, played, and even performed. Her work was praised by St. Bernard of Clairvaux and accredited by Pope Eugenius III.
This lecture will study the illustrations and verbal descriptions of her famous visions and present a small sample of her liturgical hymns.
Lecture 2, Friday January 24, 2014
"Celestial Spheres and Torrid Zones: Medieval and Renaissance Views of the Cosmos"
Thurman J. White Forum
Asp Ave., Suite B-4/6 - Free parking in the CCE Forum parking lot
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Kathleen Crowther, Associate Professor, History of Science Dept., OU
This talk will explore what medieval and Renaissance people thought about the heavens and the earth, including where the earth was, how big the earth was, what caused the seasons, how the stars and planets moved, how much of the earth was covered with water, and what parts of the earth could support human habitation.