THE 2021-22 MEDIEVAL FAIR/CMRS FREE LECTURE SERIES
Where: Norman Public Library Central, 103 W. Acres St.
Redbud Room, 3rd floor
When: 6:15-7:30 pm
Talks will be in-person but will also be live-streamed at https://oklahoma.zoom.us/j/99655591423?pwd=U0w3U0RONXp4LzZqZDl2VkJmS2dCUT09
Recordings of talks will be available via a link below (if the speaker consents to their talk being uploaded).
Sept. 3, 2021: "Medieval Music for Praying, Courting, and Dancing"
Prof. Jennifer Saltzstein, Musicology Dept., OU
Music was central to the ways medieval people worshiped and entertained themselves. This lecture will provide examples of medieval chant and secular music, discussing musical forms in their cultural context.
Oct. 1, 2021: “Shakespeare’s Libels”
Prof. Joseph Mansky, English Dept., OU
Libel! Slander! Sedition! What happens when citizens defy the state? This talk examines Shakespearean scenes of libel and the light they shed on sixteenth-century politics and public speech.
Nov. 5, 2021: “Who Was Spain’s Alfonso X (1252-84) and Why Did People Remember Him for Hundreds of Years after His Death?”
Prof. Luis Cortest, Dept. of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, OU
Dec. 3, 2021: “Victorian Medievalism and the Pleasure of the Past”
Prof. Justin Sider, English Dept., OU
Prof. Sider’s talk will look at the way artists and writers like William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Christina Rossetti borrowed the artistic forms of the past and put them to modern purposes.
Feb. 4, 2022: “Benjamin of Tudela: The Jewish Marco Polo”
Dr. Jacob Lackner, Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City
In the 12th century, Benjamin of Tudela traveled through southern Europe, north Africa, the Levant, and Mesopotamia—beating Marco Polo to western Asia by a hundred years. This talk will explore the vivid record Benjamin left behind of a wide range of medieval lands and customs.
March 4, 2022: “Medievalist Obsessions in 19th-Century French Art”
Erinn Gavaghan, School of Visual Arts, OU
April 8, 2022: “Household Magic and Marvels in Medieval England”
Prof. Chelsea Silva, Oklahoma State University
This talk explores the “wonder recipes” often found in late-medieval English household manuscripts: recipes that promised to fill the house with silver, or to make men appear to be headless, or to make a lamp that provides perpetual light. While some are entertaining practical jokes and others are more obviously useful, together they reveal the ways that upper-class medieval families transformed their homes from familiar to fantastic.
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