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Spring 2017 Events & Conferences

Talk by Thomas Burman, "Arguing--and Not Arguing--About the Trinity in Southern Europe: Judaism, Islam, and Scholastic Thought" "

Thursday, 16 March
4 pm, reception to follow, Lilly Library, Slocum Room

A range of Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin sources from Northern Italy, Southern France, and Spain indicate that Christians engaged in Trinitarian arguments with Jews and Muslims in the thirteenth century. Focusing especially on a particularly lavish example of this engagement, Ramon Martí's Pugio fidei(Dagger of Faith), Dr. Burman will suggest both that a particular kind of scholastic model of Trinitarian argument was being in deployed in many areas, but also that, at the same time, real doubts about the efficacy of such evangelism were widespread in the same circles as well. This paradoxical arguing and not arguing has much to teach us about how Christian scholasticism interacted with the two other Mediterranean monotheisms.

Thomas Burman is professor of medieval Christianity and Islam and the Robert Conway Director of the Medieval Studies Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

See the PDF flyer here.

2017 Mediaevalia at the Lilly Library with Soren Edgren

Thursday and Friday, 23 & 24 March
Lecture: Thursday, 4:00 pm, Lincoln Room; Workshop, Friday, 10.30 am, Slocum Room

Lecture: "Buddhist Illuminated Manuscripts in China and East Asia.”

Abstract:"By analogy with Western illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, Dr. Edgren intends to introduce a particular genre of East Asian Buddhist manuscripts, generally written with gold and silver ink on dark indigo-dyed paper and having drawn frontispiece illustrations, as Buddhist illuminated manuscripts. It will be suggested that while the early adoption of printed Buddhist sutras with elaborate woodcut frontispieces in China stifled the growth of these illuminated manuscripts there, state support of Buddhism in Korea contributed to their development, and a strong Buddhist culture and keen sense of illustrative design in Japan promoted their spread and ultimate flourishing there."

Workshop: "The Material Chinese Book in the Global Middle Ages."
Those who wish to participate in the workshop are urged to bring a personal laptop with an IU wifi connection to the workshop. Due to the nature of the workshop, that will include materials from the Lilly, space is limited. Please contact mest@indiana.edu to register.

Refreshments at the lecture are provided by Friends of the Lilly Library.

"Uses of the Past": The Annual Symposium of the Medieval Studies Institute

Friday-Saturday, 3-4 March
Ballantine Hall 006 and School of Global and International Studies 0001

Featuring a keynote lecture on 3 March by Wendy Schwartz (Associate Professor of Chinese, Rutgers University), our annual Readers'Circle, and an early music concert.