The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University will host the First Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies June 17-19.
The symposium provides a summer venue in North America for scholars from around the world to present papers, participate in roundtables and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation on all topics and in all disciplines of the medieval and early modern worlds.
Local, national and international scholars will present sessions that include: "Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Art and Anatomy," "The Tudors Today," "Song and Music," "Dangerous Women" and "Arthurian Lore."
Andrew Pettegree, professor of history at the University of St. Andrews, will present "Writing the History of News" Monday, June 17. Pettegree is one of the world's leading experts on Renaissance and Reformation Europe. His numerous books include The Early Reformation in Europe (1992), Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion (2005), and The Book in the Renaissance (2010).
Peter Brown, the founder of Late Antique Studies and the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University, who will present "Constantine, Eusebius and the Future of Christianity" Wednesday, June 19. Among his seminal works are The World of Late Antiquity (1971), The Cult of the Saints (1982), The Body and Society (1988) and The Rise of Western Christendom (1996, 2003).
One of the highlights of the symposium includes a trebuchet demonstration on the University's Tegeler Field where history professor Thomas Finan, Ph.D., and members of Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology will be firing watermelons from the catapult. A discussion of the potential intersection of technology and archeology will follow.
View the full schedule of programs and events at smrs.slu.edu/schedule.
Visit smrs.slu.edu/friends to register.
Members of the SLU community are invited to attend the events, however seating is limited.