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February 2017

Fossilized French: Using the Breton Language as a Window on French Linguistic (Pre-)History

February 22 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Breton – the Celtic language spoken in Brittany in the northwest of France – has been in close contact  with Romance (developing into French) ever since the Celtic migration from southern England and Cornwall. This contact has led to massive influence on Breton on all linguistic levels (especially phonology and lexicon). This talk by CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Anders Richardt Jørgensen (English, Uppsala University) will highlight how we often find that to this day, due to…

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Is Freemasonry a Religion or a Pioneering Interfaith Society?

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The relationship between Freemasonry and religion is quite a complex one. Some might think Freemasonry is a religion or at least a sect. For others it is an association that has nothing to do with religion, qualifying it as a charity club when it is not a political think-tank. If Freemasonry is not already a religion, it is on the verge of becoming one by inviting all religions to find in it their own common roots. We will develop the…

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Vernacular Legal Culture in Medieval Armenia

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Taking up a field of research familiar to many medievalists but largely unknown from an Armenian  perspective, CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dr. Tim Greenwood (Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, University of St. Andrews)  explores the character and development of legal practice and performance across medieval Armenia from Late Antiquity down to 1100 CE. Dr. Greenwood presents and assesses a small selection of legal documents drawn from two collections of material: firstly, a group of more…

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Chamber Music at the Clark: Israeli Chamber Project

February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Founded in 2008, the Israeli Chamber Project brings together some of today’s most distinguished musicians for chamber music concerts and educational and outreach programs both in Israel and abroad. A dynamic ensemble comprising strings, winds, harp, and piano, the Israeli Chamber Project was named the winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award in recognition of its passionate musicianship, creative programming, and commitment to educational outreach. Based both in Israel and in New York, the ensemble was…

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Building on the Inquisition. How Did Poverty-Minded Friars Pay for Big Buildings?

February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A distinctive feature of the new religious orders of the thirteenth century (Franciscans and Dominicans among others) was their adoption of apostolic poverty. Friars focused their action on charity and outdoor preaching to convert the urban poor from heretical practices. In this talk, Caroline Bruzelius (Anne Murnick Cogan Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University) describes how the friars began to create large churches and preaching piazzas that changed the character of medieval cities in Italy, and asks how…

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Mapping, Modeling, and Apps. Experiments in Scholarship and Teaching in the Humanities

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Annual Armand Hammer Art History Lecture New digital tools are transforming the ways in which we do research and teach. Caroline Bruzelius (Anne Murnick Cogan Professor of Art and Art History) shares how at Duke University, the Wired! group has been experimenting with integrating technologies into traditional courses. They have also created a lab running six or seven concurrent research projects with teams of graduate and undergraduate students working side by side. The projects range from a GIS database that…

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March 2017

Fables of The Bees in Sixteenth-Century France

March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable Throughout the Renaissance, the interest in insects lagged behind the study of zoology and natural history. Yet the honeybee represents an exception because of its symbolic dimension in the Bible as well as in the Greek and Roman literary heritage. In this talk, Professor Cynthia Skenazi (French and Italian, UC Santa Barbara, and CMRS Associate) shows how Pierre de Ronsard’s poetry offers a way to explore how references to bees brought together politics, religion, gender, and poetry in…

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The Ark After Noah: Beasts, Books, and Bodies of Knowledge

March 3 - March 4

This two-day symposium hosted at the University of California, Los Angeles and the J. Paul Getty Museum brings together scholars working on the aspects of image, text, knowledge, and culture that surround the bestiary tradition in the medieval world. Speakers will focus on how the development of encyclopedic texts and new structures of knowledge emerged on the manuscript page in and alongside bestiaries. Organized by Matthew Fisher (Associate Professor of English, UCLA) and Elizabeth Morrison (Senior Curator of Manuscripts, J.…

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Chamber Music at the Clark: Ian Parker, pianist

March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker. He earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinksky. While at Juilliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the  Sylva Gerber Career grant, which is given annually to the “most talented Canadian artist.” A first-prize winner at the CBC National Radio Competition, he also won…

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“Translatio imperii”: The Formation of Emotive Literary Identities & Mentalities in the North

March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The importation of French courtly material in thirteenth-century Norway and Iceland completes a cycle  of cultural transmission and expansion begun almost four centuries earlier with the Viking expansion  outward from the Northern peripheries of the known world to the neighbouring insular regions of the  British Isles, to Northern France and finally to the medieval centre of the world, Jerusalem. This talk by Sif Rikhardsdottir (University of Iceland) addresses the way in which such cross-cultural literary exchange partakes in the formation…

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Beautiful Blackness: Representing Black Sanctity in the Early Modern Catholic Atlantic

March 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Early Modern Cosmopolitanisms Lecture —Erin Kathleen Rowe, Johns Hopkins University Erin Kathleen Rowe’s current research traces the rise and circulation of devotion to black saints throughout the early modern Catholic world. Some of the key sources for the centrality of cults of black saints in early modern devotion are the surviving images—almost all polychrome sculpture dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In this lecture Rowe focuses on sculpture of Saints Benedict of Palermo, Efigenia, and Elesbaan found in Iberian…

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Monarch, Maiden & Fool: The Book of Esther in Early Modern German, English, & Yiddish Drama

March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CMRS Lecture Scholars of Yiddish literature have proposed that the first extant Purim-Shpil (Purim Play) continued the tradition of early modern English and German dramatizations of the Book of Esther. In this talk, Professor Chanita Goodblatt (Foreign Literatures & Linguistics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) will focus on the carnivalesque aspect of these plays, involving issues of misrule, as well as the social and political consequences of what Joy Wiltenburg terms “Disorderly Women and Female Power.” Advance registration not required.…

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Medieval Books – Torn, Fetid, and Dripped On

March 9 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Is it possible to derive historical meaning from the grubby fingerprints and torn leaves that scholars find inside medieval books? Can surviving medieval manuscripts be matched to contemporary accounts of the mistreatment of books – those of Geoffrey Chaucer, whose Wife of Bath famously tears leaves from her husband’s book; or those of the fourteenth-century bibliophile Richard de Bury, whose medieval reader’s “nails are stuffed with fetid filth as black as jet” and whose “nose, running…

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“O Manchester, so much to answer for”: Fates of the Literary in an Industrial Revolution, 1780-1830

March 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

—a lecture by Jon Mee, University of York co-hosted by the UCLA English Department and the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century StudiesThe manufacturing towns of the north of England were the shock cities of their age. Literary history, especially in the period 1780–1830, usually associates them with dark satanic mills, a time and place when the “human” was sacrificed to the “machine,” or the “mathesis,” as Catherine Gallagher puts it, of Malthus’s dark materialism (itself an idea that emerged from…

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Chamber Music at the Clark: American String Quartet

March 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Peter Winograd, violin Laurie Carney, violin Daniel Avshalomov, viola Wolfram Koessel, cello Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, the American String Quartet celebrated its 40th season in 2015–16. Critics and col­leagues hold the quartet in high esteem, and many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the ensemble for col­lab­o­ra­tions. The American String Quartet is also known for its performances of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, Mendels­sohn, and Mozart, as well as…

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April 2017

Chamber Music at the Clark: Lysander Piano Trio

April 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Chamber Music at the Clark concert seating is determined via lottery. The booking-by-lottery entry form for Lysander Piano Trio seats posts here on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Lottery registration closes Thursday, March 2, 2017. Learn more about the booking-by-lottery system for securing Chamber Music at the Clark seats. Lysander Piano Trio Itamar Zorman, violin Liza Stepanova, piano Michael Katz, cello The Lysander Piano Trio, a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, has been praised by the…

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Apostasy and Orthodoxy in Ireland, England, and the Hispanic New World: Imperial Circulations of Religious Masculinities

April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Early Modern Cosmopolitanisms Lecture —Stephanie Kirk, Washington University in St. Louis Stephanie Kirk examines the parallel lives of the Irish Jesuit, Michael Wadding (1591–1644), and the Anglo-Irish Dominican, Thomas Gage (1597–1656), who—in radically different ways—contributed to the circulation of religious knowledge among England, Ireland, Spain, and the Hispanic New World. A study of their lives, writings, and personae facilitate an understanding of the comparative role of empire (for example, England’s role in Ireland and Spain’s empire in the Americas) and…

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