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Symposium: Christ Among the Medieval Mendicants

Friday August 23, 2013

We would like to invite everyone to a symposium at the Graduate Center on August 23, commemorating the 750th anniversary of Corpus Christi as a feast day and in conjunction with the Morgan Library’s exhibit “Illuminating the Faith”

Dec. 7, Film Screening: “Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine”

Please join us for a screening of the 2010 film “Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine,” on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm in the Segel Theater of the Graduate Center, CUNY.* After the film, Marcia Colish (Yale University) will be the respondent. Seating is limited, so we recommend that you RSVP to medievalstudy@gmail.com. Discussion to follow.

Filmed in Europe, RESTLESS HEART is the first full-length feature movie on St. Augustine. Born in North Africa, Augustine studied in Carthage, becoming an accomplished but dissolute orator. After converting to Manichaeism, a guilt-free religion, he was called to the imperial court in Milan to serve as an opponent to the Christian Bishop Ambrose. But when the Empress Justina sent imperial guards to clear out a basilica where Augustine’s mother, Monica, was worshipping, her constant prayers and the witness of Ambrose won him over to Christianity. Serving in Hippo in 430 AD, Bishop Augustine urged the Roman garrison to negotiate with the Vandal King Genseric, but they proudly refused. He passed up a chance to escape on a ship sent to rescue him by the Pope, and stayed by the side of his people. Christian Duguay directed the film, and the cast includes Franco Nero, Johannes Brandrup, Monica Guerritore and Alessandro Preziosi.

*The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. The Segal Theatre is on the first floor.

This event is sponsored by the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study.

Medieval Holiday Feast – Dec. 2, 2pm

The feast season is at hand, and the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study intends to celebrate like it’s 1099!

Our Medieval Feast with be Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2pm here at the GC in room 5414.
Because this is a weekend event, be sure to bring your ID. (And if you bring a guest, have them bring a valid ID as well.)

We have traditional carols to sing, and all can participate in a “dramatic” reading of the Chester cycle nativity play.

The feast is a potluck, and we encourage (but do not require) feasters to bring medieval-inspired food. Gode Cookery has a vast collection of recipes in translation:

Comment here if you know what type of food you plan to bring, so that we can ensure our food groups are covered. (Even if you don’t RSVP, we want you come anyway.) We genuinely hope you will join us!

Caroline Walker Bynum Lecture

Please join us for a lecture by Caroline Walker Bynum on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm in the Segel Theater of the Graduate Center, CUNY.* Dr. Bynum is Professor emerita of Medieval European History at the Institute for Advanced Study, and University Professor emerita at Columbia University.

“The Anthropomorphic and the Other: Medieval Holy Objects in Comparative Perspective”

Students of comparative religion, cognitive scientists, art historians, and historians sometimes use paradigms from non-western religions to raise questions about the role of material objects in Christianity.  Recently, such discussion has focused on images and controversies about them. In her talk, Prof. Bynum argues that the most important material manifestation of the holy in the western European Middle Ages was the Eucharist and suggests both that understanding it is enhanced by the use of comparative material and that considering it as a case study of divine materiality leads to a more sophisticated formulation of comparative paradigms.  

*The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

This event is co-sponsored by the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study and The Center for Humanities.


Grant Workshop Resources

Thanks to all of our presenters at the PKMS Grant Workshop that was held on Friday, September 7 and to all who attended.

Below is a list of resources from the workshop.

Professor Anne Stone recommends Scholarly Pursuits, an ebook by Cynthia Verba, available online from the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/current_students/scholarly_pursuits.php

Professor Dagmar Herzog has shared Grant Writing Strategies, a PDF that you can download here.

Deborah Hillborn demonstrated resources from the Graduate Center’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) including Pivot/COS. For more information contact the RSP: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/About-the-GC/Provosts-Office/Sponsored-Research-Grant-Funding

She also demonstrated Grant Advisor Plus, accessible in the Mina Rees Library list of databases online:


Grant writing workshop

The PKMS will host a Grant Writing Workshop on Friday, September 7 at 3:30 pm in GC room 5409.

Speakers will give short talks about their own grant writing experience or advice for grad students; there will be a short demonstration of a grant database that is available to GC students; and there will be time for a Q & A after the talks.

Speakers will be:
Professor Anne Stone, Music
Professor Dagmar Herzog, History
Professor Michael Sargent, English
Debra Hillborn, PhD student in Theater

While some aspects of the workshop will be directed toward medievalists, much of the information will be useful for students in any field. All are welcome.

PKMS tentative schedule of events

Welcome to the PKMS blog.

PKMS tentative schedule of events for Fall 2012:

Aug. 23, 12:30pm DSC Open House (room 5105)

Sept. 7, 3:30pm Grant writing workshop (room 5409)

Oct. 19, 6:00pm Pizza & Movie (room 5409)

Nov. 9, 4:00pm Guest speaker: Caroline Walker Bynum (Segal Theatre)

Dec. 2, 2:00pm Medieval Feast (room 5414; ID required for weekend entry)

Dec. 7, 3:30 St. Augustine Film & Discussion (Segal Theatre)

Mar. 1 Graduate Student Conference on “Digital Humanities”

April  New Directions Roundtable

May 9-12 Panel on “Medieval Peripheries” at the Medieval Congress

Other upcoming medieval activities:

Aug. 31, 6 pm Friends of the Saints Rubin Museum exhibit tour

Sept weekends New York Renaissance Faire

Sept 30, all day, Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters

Oct. 5, 7:30 pm Medieval Club of NY, Met Arms and Armor tour



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