Saint Louis University
President: Olivia Remie Constable,
Notre Dame University
sessions meet in the Pere Marquette Room.
Registration Begins. Pere
2:30 - 4:00
2:30 - 4:00Graduate Student Session I
ben Reubenís Sefer Milhamot Hashem and Nicholas of Lyra
Royal Officials in Thirteenth-Century Hungary
Court . . . and Out: The Interaction of Christians and Jews in
- 5:45 Graduate
Student Session II
Fourth Lateran Council, Relics, and the Fourth Crusade
Heroic Poetry, and Hagiography: Saint George and the Fall of
Conceptual Origins of Juan de Segoviaís Contraferentia of
Christians and Muslims
Sponsored by the Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Pere Marquette Room.
Religion and Society in
Morality and Judicial Process: The Early Medieval Exemplar of Susanna
the Jew in the Adversus Iudaeos of Amulo, Bishop of
Visio Baronti, the Book of Tobias, and Charles the Bald
Studies and the Persistent Notion of Historical Progress
Society in the Medieval
Under Siege: Women and Femininity in Besieged Communities in
and Muslim Marriage in Islamic
Memory of Egypt and the Archaelogical Remains of Monastic Sites
Defining Sanctity in the High Middle Ages
Saints, and Charity: Definitions of Religious Power and Communal
Boundaries in the Medieval Near East
Francis the Preacher and His Audience
Sermons by Bernat Oliver OESA on Sanctity
Presidentís Reception. Cheshire Inn.
beautiful urban campus of Saint Louis University served as the site for
the 40th annual meeting of the Midwest Medieval History Conference on
October 19th and 20th, 2001. All
of us in attendance last year again thank our gracious host, Thomas
Madden, and his staff, for their hard work in providing us with
excellent accommodations and refreshments.
also go to our Program Chair, Thomas Burman (of the University of
Tennessee), for putting together a rich and rewarding series of papers
that carried us through a stimulating weekend of medieval studies.
afternoon found us in the elegant Pere Marquette Room where we enjoyed
two panels of graduate student papers.
Joshua Levy, of New York
University, discussed Jacob ben Reubenís Sefer
Milhamot Hashem and Nicholas of Lyra.
James T. Wilson, of Indiana
University, shared his research on Jewish
Royal Officials in 13th-Century Hungary.
And Frances Howard Mitilineos, of Loyola University, Chicago, presented
the paper, In Court Ö and Out:
The Interaction of Christians and Jews in 13th-Century
second session that day:
David Perry, of the University
of Minnesota, discussed The
Fourth Lateran Council, Relics, and the Fourth Crusade.
James B. MacGregor, of the
University of Cincinnati, presented History,
Heroic Poetry, and Hagiography: Saint George and the Fall of Jerusalem
in the Legenda Aurea.
And Anne Marie Wolf, of the University of Minnesota, shared her research
on The Conceptual Origins of Juan
de Segoviaís Contraferentia of Christians and Muslims.
dinner, we reconvened for a Cocktail
Reception at the Cheshire Innís Windsor Room sponsored by the
Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
in part, to the exceptional hospitality of Saint Louis Universityís
fine graduate students, Saturday morning seemed to arrive quite early
for some of us. Nevertheless,
we enjoyed a hearty welcome in the Pere Marquette Room from Joe
Weixlmann, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Louis
session, entitled Religion and
Society in Early Medieval Europe began with:
Kevin Uhalde, of Northern
Illinois University, presenting Christian
Morality and Judicial Process: The Early Medieval Exemplar of Susanna.
Abigail Firey, of the University of Kentucky, then discussed Hereticising the Jew in the Adversus Iudaeos of Amulo, Bishop of Lyon.
finally, John Contreni, of Purdue University, presented his research
concerning The Visio Baronti, the
Book of Tobias, and Charles the Bald.
Paul Freedman, of Yale
University, on the topic: Medieval
Studies and the Persistent Notion of Historical Progress.
followed the Business Lunch
in the Knights Room of Saint Louis Universityís Pius XII Library.
After a fine meal, President Olivia Remie Constable, of the
University of Notre Dame, called the meeting to order.
Arbagi, of Wright State University, delivered the Treasurerís Report,
leading a general discussion of our conference treasure and the measure
of its income and increasing outflow.
In this report we also learned of the fluctuating status of this
conference as a non-profit organization.
Ring, of the University of Kansas, then produced his ultimate report as
conference secretary of long standing on the 39th Annual Meeting held at
Wittenberg University in Ohio.
members then elected officers:
Leah Shopkow, of Indiana
University, as President;
Louis Haas, of Middle Tennessee State
University, as Vice-President and President-Elect; Martin Arbagi, Wright State
University, continuing as Treasurer; Mark Angelos, of Manchester
College, as Secretary; Richard E. Sullivan, of
Michigan State University, continuing in the second year of his term as
Counselor; and Linda Mitchell, of Alfred University, to begin the first year of her
two-year term as Counselor.
to further business, conference members discussed whether we still
maintained membership in CARA, the coordinating body of regional
medieval associations. Our
representative, Jim Murray, of the University of Cincinnati, promised to
settle this question.
acknowledgement of the 40th anniversary of our august body, we took
great pleasure in recognizing the three original members there present:
Richard Kay, of the University
of Kansas; Richard E. Sullivan, of Michigan State University; and R. Dean Ware, of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
we announced future meetings:
the conference to be held at Indiana University with Leah Shopkow, host
and Linda Mitchell, program chair.
the conference to be held at the University of Notre Dame, with Olivia
Remie Constable, host, and the program chair to be determined.
luncheon, conference members enjoyed an interesting tour of Saint Louis
Universityís Library, in particular exhibitions of the Vatican Film
Library and manuscripts in the St. Louis Room.
afternoon session, entitled Religion
and Society in the Medieval Mediterranean began with:
Marta VanLandingham, of Purdue
University, delivering her paper Gender
Under Siege: Women and Femininity in Besieged Communities in
heard Jessica Coope, of the
University of Nebraska at Lincoln, discuss Christian
and Muslim Marriage in Islamic Spain before 1000.
the session, Darlene L. Brooks-Hedstrom,
of Wittenberg University, presented Cassianís
Memory of Egypt and the Archaeological Remains of Monastic Sites.
coffee, we turned to our next session: Defining
Sanctity in the High Middle Ages.
Alexandra Cuffel, of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University, presented her paper, Ideas
About Sanctity: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim in the Medieval Near East.
end the session, Kenneth Baxter
Wolf, of Pomona College, discussed St.
Francis the Preacher and His Audience.
The conference closed its proceeding with revivifying cocktails at the lovely Cupples House, a fortifying banquet at Cook Hall, and a generous and intellectually stimulating Reception at Cheshire Inn, hosted by President Constable.
After the banquet the conference attendees were treated to the recollections of three scholars who helped to found the conference in 1962. R. Dean Ware (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Skip Kay (University of Kansas), and Richard Sullivan (Michigan State University) delighted everyone with their stories of warm friendship and collegiality.