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Dr. Jacob Lackner to speak on "Muslim-Christian Cooperation during the Era of the Crusades"

Friday, March 1, 6.15-7.30 pm
Norman Public Library West, 300 Norman Ct.

The Medieval Fair / CMRS Lecture series presents Dr. Jacob Lackner, lecturer in OU's History Department, speaking from his research on the positive relationships that sometimes developed between the warring sides in the Crusades. When not fighting each other, Muslims and Christians were often actively trading with one another. Even during times of war, it was not uncommon for Christian states to ally themselves with one Muslim state while fighting against another one.


Friday, September 7, 2018: "Sin and Death in Dante: From Limbo to the Lowest Circles of Hell"
Roberto Pesce, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, University of Oklahoma

Thursday, October 4, 2018: “Jewish Martyrs”
Shmuel Shepkaru, Schusterman Professor of Jewish Intellectual and Religious History, History Dept., University of Oklahoma

Friday, November 2, 2018: "Medieval Werewolves: Monsters Often Misunderstood"
Lindsey Panxhi, Assistant Professor, English Dept., Oklahoma Baptist University

Friday, January 18, 2018: “Byzantine Art and Contemporary Fashion”
Rozmerie Basic, Professor of Art History, School of Visual Arts, University of Oklahoma

Friday, February 1, 2019: “Medieval Japan: An Age of Faith and War”
Josh Frydman, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, University of Oklahoma

Friday, March 1, 2019: “Muslim-Christian Cooperation During the Era of the Crusades”
Jacob Lackner, Visiting Lecturer, History Dept., University of Oklahoma

Friday, May 3, 2019: “The Archeology of the Night Sky: Star-Gazing from the Renaissance to Now”
Kerry Magruder, Curator, and Brent Purkaple, Graduate Assistant, History of Science Collections, OU Libraries

About the CMRS

Joyce Coleman, Director

The Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, a division of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, promotes the study of the period in Western history that saw the development of such major components of modern life as parliamentary democracy, the nation-state, English and other modern languages, printing, Islam, global exploration, heliocentric astronomy, romantic love--and the universities in which we research and teach all these subjects.Some thirty-five faculty at OU contribute to the study of these and many other facets of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Our newly revived Medieval & Renaissance Studies minor allows students to pursue an interdisciplinary study of literature, language, history, history of science, art, architecture, and religion, supported by visits to OU's Special Collections.

By supporting our faculty and students, sponsoring brown-bag talks, and cosponsoring a free public lecture series with the Medieval Fair of Norman, OU’s Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies seeks to enrich the intellectual environment for medievalists and early modernists on campus and across the region. Other opportunities are in the works. Come join us!

OU's CMRS was founded by Keith Busby, then of the university's Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department. Prof. Busby was succeeded by Luis Cortest, of the same department. Since 2013 the director has been Joyce Coleman (, Bambas Professor of Medieval English Literature & Culture, English Department.