Upcoming Events

Lecture: Lisa Kaaren Bailey, "Divine Grace, Free Will, and ‘Unavoidable’ Sex: Women in Service in the Late Antique West"
Wed, Sep 18, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

This talk grapples with the impact of Christian ideas about grace and free will on the sexual exploitation and experiences of women in service in the late antique West. Theological debates in this period shaped how Christians thought about both freedom and sexual consent. What were the implications for women in service, who were sometimes faced…

Conference: “Ordinary People, Everyday Lives"
Sat, Oct 26, 2024, 9:00 am5:00 pm

2024 Medieval Studies Graduate Student Conference

Keynote Lecture: "Ordinary Things: People and their Possessions in Conversations with the Medieval State" by Anne E. Lester, Johns Hopkins University


Lecture: Michael Beshay, Pennsylvania State University
Tue, Oct 29, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Lecture: Kristina Sessa, "Explaining Disasters in Late Antiquity (ca. 300-700 CE)"
Wed, Nov 6, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

This paper will toggle between modern and late ancient explanatory frameworks for material disasters, with the goal of gaining further insight into how late Roman authors interpreted how, why, and for what reasons ruinous events like earthquakes, plagues, and urban sieges damaged and disrupted their communities.  Among other interventions,…

Lecture: Scott Bruce, Fordham University
Thu, Feb 6, 2025, 4:30 pm6:00 pm