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Please join us next week for the opening reception of “Contesting Race and Citizenship in the Gilded Age,” an exhibit of political cartoons assembled by students in Professor Nicole Phelps’ TAP seminar on the Gilded Age, at Bailey-Howe Library.

Not even a foot of snow can stop a great medieval historian!  Dr. Jacques Dalarun arrived safe and sound from Paris, and the UVM Department of History is proud to present his public lecture today at 5:00 as scheduled!

Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM – 338 Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge

Dr. Jacques Dalarun (IRHT/CNRS, Paris) will give a public lecture on “The ‘Rediscovered Francis of Assisi’ in the Rediscovered Life by Thomas of Celano.” The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, and is part of the College of Arts and Sciences 2016-2017 Medieval Studies Lecture Series.  For more information, please contact Prof. Sean Field at sean.field@uvm.edu

If you find the idea of mysterious medieval manuscripts intriguing, the Department of History and the College of Arts and Sciences Medieval Studies Lecture Series has a treat for you—two lectures in the next week by two world authorities on two fascinating manuscripts!  These lectures are free and open to all.
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 6:00 PM, Special Collections, Bailey Howe Library
Dr. Ray Clemens (Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts at Yale University’s Beinecke Library) will give a public lecture entitled, “The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript: Theories on Its Origin and Use”.    This is a manuscript held at Yale written in a code so fiendishly difficult that it has never been deciphered!  For more information, please contact Prof. Charles Briggs at charles.briggs@uvm.edu

Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM – 338 Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge
Dr. Jacques Dalarun (IRHT/CNRS, Paris) will give a public lecture on “The ‘Rediscovered Francis of Assisi’ in the Rediscovered Life by Thomas of Celano.”  The lecture focuses on Dr. Dalarun’s discovery of a previously unknown life of St. Francis in a manuscript that had been  lost for over 700 years, and will be preceded by a brief introduction from UVM Prof. of History Sean Field.  For more information, please contact Prof. Field at sean.field@uvm.edu

“What the US Stands to Lose in Alienating its Muslim and Mexican Allies”

Panel discussion featuring Leslie Holman (Burlington-based immigration lawyer) along with Caroline Beer (Political Science), Peter Henne (Political Science), Ilyse Morgenstein-Furst (Religion), Sarah Osten (History)
Tuesday, February 7th 4-5:30 pm
Mildred Livak Ballroom, 4th Floor, Davis Center

This interdisciplinary panel will consider the many potential ramifications of the Trump administration’s new immigration and refugee policies. Thus far particularly targeting Mexico and numerous Muslim majority countries, these policies have likely undermined longstanding US alliances and long-term diplomatic efforts.  Burlington-based immigration lawyer Leslie Holman will discuss her field legal experiences with refugees and work negotiating with US immigration processes, both before and after the recent travel restrictions. Faculty members from UVM will explore the recent executive order restricting migration, focusing on the broader implications of recent diplomatic maneuvers by the White House and identifying risks for our country that come along with them.

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Professor Tom Visser of our Historic Preservation program was recently interviewed on a podcast of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) of the National Parks Service about the HP program and about his recent book, Porches of North America.

Listen to the podcast or read a transcript here!

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Three scholars from around the globe are coming to UVM to speak on medieval Europe!

This year a group of professors from the Departments of History, Religion, English, and Romance Languages, with the support of Dean William Falls and of Bailey-Howe Special Collections, inaugurated the “College of Arts and Sciences Medieval Studies Lecture Series.”  The 2016-2017 series got off to a great start with a lecture from our own Professor Emeritus Al Andrea in November, and now it continues with three high-profile lectures by world-famous medievalists coming to UVM from three continents.  For anyone interested in medieval history and culture—and particularly in medieval manuscripts–January and February will be extraordinarily rich at UVM!

First, on Thursday, January 19, at 5:00 PM in 338 Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge, we kick off the winter semester with Dr. Tracy Adams, who is coming all the way from the University of Auckland in New Zealand to give a public lecture on “The French Royal Mistress and the Politics of Representation”.  This promises to be really interesting!

Then, on Wednesday, February 8, at 6:00 pm in Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, Dr. Ray Clemens, Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts at Yale University will speak on “The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript.” The title of his talk refers to the Voynich manuscript, an early 15th-century codex now at Yale, written in an unknown language that no one has yet been able to decipher. Colorful illustrations of unidentifiable plants, zodiac signs, astronomical and cosmological diagrams, and naked women in bathing pools add to the mystery.  Check out the manuscript online and then come to hear the talk!

Finally, on Monday, February 13, at 5:00 PM in 338 Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge Dr. Jacques Dalarun, member of the Institut de France, will give a public lecture on “The ‘Rediscovered Francis of Assisi’ in the Rediscovered Life by Thomas of Celano.” This is one of the biggest stories in medieval studies from the last few years—the startling discovery of a “new” life of St. Francis in a beat up thirteenth-century manuscript that surfaced in the hands of a dealer in Chicago.  Dr. Dalarun will fly in from Paris to talk about his electrifying discovery and what it means for our knowledge about Francis, one of the medieval world’s iconic figures!

Often guest speakers tend to come to Burlington in the early fall and late spring. . . medievalist are made of sterner stuff!  January and February will be lit up with these three presentations by world-famous scholars in the second half of our 2016-2017 College of Arts and Sciences Medieval Studies Lecture series!

Have questions? Contact Professor Sean Field sean.field@uvm.edu

Proud to see Jack Zelinga’s MA thesis work included in this article.

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