Tag Archives: Medieval Studies

Collegium Musicum concert: Heinrich Isaac—Hofkomponist to Emperor Maximilian I

The CFA invites you to enjoy an exciting evening of Renaissance music:

The Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music and Medieval Studies Jane Alden, performs works by Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517), a prolific composer born in the Flemish-speaking Low Countries who achieved international fame and later influenced Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Anton von Webern, and Igor Stravinsky.
Featuring the six-voice “Missa ‘Virgo prudentissima,’” and selections from the monumental “Choralis Constantinus,” among other works.

Date: Friday, May 5th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Memorial Chapel

Medieval Studies Program Open House

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From Ali Rosenberg ’15:

The Medieval Studies Program invites all prospective and current majors/minor to its open house this Monday (March 30). Come and learn about the program and course offerings while you meet with members of the program. Refreshments will be served!

Date: Monday, March 30
Time: 4:15 – 5 PM
Place: Downey House Lounge (Rm. 200)

The Legal Genius of Henry II: Law and Reform in Medieval England

From Ali Rosenberg ’15:

The Medieval Studies Program and the History Department welcome Silke Schwandt of the University of Bielefeld, Germany, for the first of the Medieval Studies 2015 Lecture Series. All are welcome to attend what is sure to be a fascinating talk on Henry II and the law of medieval England.

Date: Wednesday, February 11
Time: 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Place: Downey 200 (the lounge)

Medieval Studies Open House

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Straight from Ronnie Alvarado ’15:

Did you pretend that you were a knight when you were little? Do you love King Arthur or secretly listen to Gregorian chants? Think that the Crusades are really awesome? Then come to the Medieval Studies Open House this Thursday at noon!

Learn about the courses offered in this amazing interdisciplinary major and enjoy free pizza!

Date: October 31st
Time: 12PM – 1PM
Place: Downey House Lounge

Boccaccio and Women at 300 High St.

The Medieval Studies Program, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Thomas and Catharine McMahon Lecture Series present “Boccaccio and Women” by Marilyn Migiel P’14, professor of Italian, Cornell University:

Professor Migiel is the author of Gender and Genealogy in Tasso’s “Gerusalemme Liberata” and A Rhetoric of the “Decameron,” which was awarded the MLA’s 2004 Howard R. Marraro Prize for the best book published in North America on an Italian subject in the preceding two years. She has also co-edited a volume devoted to Refiguring Women: Perspectives on Gender and the Italian Renaissance. Her work in progress includes a book-length study dealing with the moral and ethical dimension of the Decameron, a translation of the Decameron, and a translation of selected novellas of Matteo Bandello.

Date: Wednesday, October 3
Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Place: Common Room, 300 High Street
Cost: Free

Todd Akin, Professor Tucker, and Legitimate Medieval Rape

“The female body may not be able to shut down conception, but we can at least shut down Akin’s wild claims.”

If you study at a liberal arts college like Wesleyan, you’ve probably already recoiled in disgust at Representative Todd Akin’s comments last week regarding pregnancy and rape.

But if you teach history and science in society at a small liberal arts college like Wesleyan, you’ve probably already unpacked analyzed the decidedly medieval roots and implications of Representative Todd Akin’s curiously antiquated theories of pregnancy and rape. You may have even gotten the New York Times to publish it as an op-ed. 

Enter Professor Jennifer Tucker, who smartly pointed out last week that Todd Akin’s views of rape are in fact quite consistent with science—as long as you’re living in 12th century Germany. Akin, of course, suggested that women are unlikely to become pregnant from rape, because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Turns out this view is intriguingly consistent with what was preached by Hildegard of Bingen in the 12th century:

Medieval Studies Open House Lunch

The Middle Ages as they were . . . Saints and Sinners, Ladies and Knights, the Holy and the Bizarre, the Serious and the Fun, and yes, sexy, too! Come and learn more at the Medieval Studies Open House!  FREE LUNCH!

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: Downey House Lounge (Room 200)