Past Events

Spring 2011

Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 pm
Deep History: What’s in It for Medievalists?”
a lecture by
Daniel Lord Smail
Professor of History, Harvard University
Willits-Hallowell Center, Mount Holyoke College

Fall 2010 

Tuesday, November 16 at 4:30 pm
“Monasticism and the Liturgy in the Late Antique Greek East”
Philip Booth, Trinity College, Oxford University
210 Skinner Hall, Mount Holyoke College
Light Refreshments will be served
For more information, please contact Richard Payne

Spring 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Climate Change and the Fall of the Roman Empire: An Interim Report
Medieval Studies Guest Lecture
Michael McCormick
Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History, Harvard University
Morrison Room, Willits Hallowell Center

Professor McCormick’s research and teaching focuses on the archaeology and history of the fall of the Roman Empire and the origins of medieval civilization, particularly the discovery of the past through the uncovery of new data from new natural scientific approaches to biomolecular evidence, climate change, etc. His publications include:

Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Program and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

Thursday, March 26, 2009
The Ruth Dean Lecture, Mount Holyoke College
Professor Matilda Bruckner
Department of Romance Literature, Boston College
Mount Holyoke College, Art Building, Room 220

Prof. Bruckner will be speaking on animals in Marie de France's Fables.

Fall 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm
Glossing the Imaginary
Anna Taylor, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, UMass
Location: Herter Hall 6th Floor Conference Room, UMass

Thursday, November 6 at 4:30 pm
Hunting and the Birth of Europe, A. D. 300-1000
Presenter: Eric Goldberg, Associate Professor Department of History, Williams College (and currently a visiting faculty member at MIT)
Location: Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, 650 Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

Fall 2007

September 20, 2007
Piety and Blood: Women Readers around Henry III's Court
Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
Professor of English at the University of York
Willits-Hallowell Center, MHC

Spring 2007

The Office of the Dean of Faculty at Mount Holyoke hosted a spring colloquium in honor of Professor Margaret Switten titled, "Music and Texts: The Middle Ages and Beyond" April 20 and 21, 2007.


Friday, April 20, 2007 at 2:45 - 4:30 pm 
Morrison Room, Willits-Hallowell Center
Session Chair: Eglal Doss-Quinby, Dept. of French, Smith College

  • Charles M. Atkinson
    Ars grammatica and the Ars musica in Carolingian Schools: Glosses on Martianus Capella and Boethius
  • Elizabeth W. Poe
    Teaching Troubadours
  • Michel Zink
    La chanson volée. Arnaut Daniel, Anc ieu non l’aic, mas elha m’a (BdT 29, 2) et sa razo (in French)

Friday, April 20, 2007 at 8:00 pm 
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College

Saturday, April 2, 2007 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
Morrison Room, Willits-Hallowell Center, Mount Holyoke College
Session Chair: Louise Litterick, Dept. of Music

  • Susan Boynton
    Situating the Cantigas de Santa Maria in the Eighteenth Century: The Palomares Copy of the Toledo Codex and its Many Meanings
  • Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet
    Ma fin est mon commencement. Réflexion sur la poésie de Guillaume de Machaut. (In French)
  • Christie McDonald
    Rousseau: The Falling Art of Music
  • Leo Treitler
    Performance in the Design of Medieval Song