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Lectures and Other Activities

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies supports and promotes a variety of scholarly medieval studies projects at Saint Louis University.

Annual Lecture

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Annual Lecture began in 1993 with Jaroslav Pelikan of Yale University and has since featured distinguished scholars from universities across the world. Past lectures have featured: 

  • 2019: Carole Hillenbrand and Robert Hillenbrand, University of St. Andrews
  • 2018: Brenda Bolton, University of London
  • 2016: Rachel Fulton Brown, University of Chicago
  • 2015: Constance Brittain Bouchard, University of Akron
  • 2014: Patrick Geary, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • 2013: Lester K. Little, Smith College
  • 2012: Richard Kieckhefer, Northwestern University
  • 2011: Robert Somerville, Columbia University
  • 2010: David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University
  • 2009: Robert C. Davis, The Ohio State University
  • 2008: Jodi Bilinkoff, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • 1996: Eamon Duffy, Cambridge University
  • 1993: Jaroslav Pelikan, Yale University 
Crusades Studies Forum

The only one of its kind in the world, the Crusades Studies Forum is a venue for the presentation of current research, the discussion of recent scholarship, and the exploration of new directions in topics relating to the Crusades. Participants include those local to the St. Louis region as well as distinguished scholars from across the globe. All are welcome to attend and participate in the forum.

Kilteasheen Archaeological Excavations

Under the direction of Thomas Finan, Ph.D., these excavations in Ireland are uncovering surprising new information about the lives of the medieval Irish people. While exploring an ecclesiastical compound, Finan and his associates and students discovered what may be the only mass grave in Ireland from the time of the Black Death.

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The Ong Center for Digital Humanities

Among its many initiatives, SLU's Ong Center for Digital Humanities produces databases of medieval texts, 3-D modeling of medieval churches and electronic catalogues of medieval art.

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