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All events are scheduled for Thursdays at 5:30 PM unless noted otherwise.

  • Sept. 22, 2022 - Mariah Min (Brown,) “Oedipus at Akeldama: Despair, Compassion, and the Medieval Legend of Judas Iscariot,” Biomedical Center, 291.
    As related in medieval apocrypha, Judas Iscariot’s early life traces a strikingly familiar shape: abandoned as a child to die in the wilderness, raised far from the land of his birth, he returns without meaning to and kills his father before he marries his own mother. What might be the effect of imagining such an Oedipal biography for Judas? How does it function alongside the character’s better-known biblical career? And–ultimately–what might it teach us about our own capacity to be moved by literature? 

  • Nov. 10, 2022 - Rachel Schine (University of Maryland,) “Reading Blackness and Whiteness in Medieval Arabic Literature,” Pembroke Hall, 305.
    What might it mean to write histories of premodern race in ways that decenter Europe? What are the stakes of doing so in our globalized racial present? This talk will cover some of the main methods, meanings, and sources that Prof. Schine pursues as a scholar of racialization in the Islamic Middle Ages. She will explore the seeming paradox of historicizing race by at once using and upending Euro-American theoretical tools established for this purpose. 
  • Feb. 9, 2023 - Amanda Luyster (Holy Cross)
  • March 23, 2023 - Valerie Hansen (Yale)