2006 - Medieval Studies

Medieval Spring
April 28 – 30, 2006

Join fellow alumni and Yale faculty in Medieval Studies and related fields – including history, history of art, comparative literature, English, French, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese – to explore the past and future of medieval studies at Yale and in the world. The program includes festive meals and social events as well as panel discussions.






Friday, April 28

9 am – 5 pm    


Rose Alumni House
232 York Street (between Chapel and Elm Streets)

5:45 – 7:00 pm

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Wall and High Streets

2:00 – 3:30 pm    


Highlights from the Medieval Collection

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Wall and High Streets
Meet at reception desk, main entrance lobby (plaza level)

A private showing of newly-acquired medieval manuscripts in Latin, Greek, Middle English and Armenian by Robert Babcock, Curator of Early Manuscripts.

4:00 – 4:15 pm    


Welcoming Remarks

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102
63 High Street

Jon Butler
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Anders Winroth
Chair, Medieval Studies Program

4:15 – 5:30 pm

Birth of the Yale Medieval Studies Program: The Robert Lopez Years


Paul Freedman
Yale University


Jeremy duQ. Adams
Southern Methodist University

Judith R. Baskin '76 PhD
University of Oregon

Benjamin Z. Kedar '69 PhD
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Edward M. Peters '63 BA, '67 PhD
University of Pennsylvania

5:45 – 7:00 pm


Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Wall and High Streets

7:15 pm   


Presidents Room, Woolsey Hall


Saturday, April 29

9 – 10:15 am

The discreet charm of a Yale medievalist: What I wish I had (not) learned in graduate school

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102
63 High Street


Walter Cahn
Yale University


Katherine Dittmar '96 PhD (History)
University of Georgia

Warren Ginsberg '75 PhD
University of Oregon

Ruth Mazo Karras '79 BA, '85 PhD (History)
University of Minnesota

James O'Donnell '75 PhD
Georgetown University

10:15 – 10:45 am

Coffee break


10:45 am – noon   

Round table: Graduate medieval studies today and tomorrow


Jon Butler
Yale University


Patrick Geary '74 PhD
University of California, Los Angeles

Roy Michael Liuzza '88 PhD
University of Tennessee

E. Ann Matter '76 PhD (Religious Studies)
University of Pennsylvania

Brian Noell '06 PhD
Graduate student, Yale University

Davida Wegner
First-year graduate student, Yale University

12:15 – 1:45 pm   

Lunch at Mory's

306 York Street (between Elm and Grove Streets)

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Novel ways of putting to use a medieval studies degree

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102
63 High Street


Marie Borroff '56 PhD (English)
Yale University


Victoria Bjorklund '77 PhD
Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP (art-law practice)
New York, New York

Valerie Hotchkiss '90 PhD
Head, Rare Book & Special Collections Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jane L. Jervis '78 PhD (History of Science and Medicine)
Former President
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

Valerie Komor '81 MA
Director of Corporate Archives, The Associated Press
New York, New York

Susan Mehrtens '73 PhD
Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences
Waterbury, Vermont

6:30 pm

Cocktails and Dinner

Berkeley College Dining Hall
205 Elm Street

A "Yale Sustainable Food Project" dinner with locally-grown produce and other menu selections from ecologically-responsible sources.


Sunday, April 30

9:00 – 10:15 am

The reputation of "medieval" outside the academy

Room 211, Hall of Graduate Studies
320 York Street


Frank Prochaska
Yale University


Elizabeth Archibald '84 PhD
University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Elizabeth Archibald '03 BA
Current graduate student in history, Yale University

Daniel Donoghue '86 PhD
Harvard University

Mathew Kuefler '91 MA (Medieval Studies), '95 PhD (History)
San Diego State University

Marcia Kupfer '82 PhD (History of Art)
Johns Hopkins University

Sara Lipton '91 PhD
State University of New York, Stony Brook

10:30 am – Noon

Farewell Brunch

Hall of Graduate Studies Dining Hall
320 York Street