The Medieval Studies community in the Pioneer Valley is a thriving group of scholars and students who meet several times each year, usually at organized events of relevance to the study of the Middle Ages. The Five College Medieval Seminar sponsors several talks each year and Mt. Holyoke College is the host of the annual Ruth Dean Lecture in the fall. Institutions in the Valley have also underwritten single large gatherings, such as UMass' 2010 International Boccaccio Conference where more than 60 medievalists from six countries came together to share their research.

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Fall 2015

"The Book of Kells: Art and Mystery in Early Medieval Europe"

Prof. Roger Stalley
Trinity College Dublin

Date: Monday, September 28
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

The Book of Kells is one of the most astounding achievements of book painting, and also one of the most enigmatic. The lecture will consider what makes the work so remarkable looking in turn at the micro ornament (and how it was done), the range of color (and new discoveries about pigments), its wit, humor, and the bizarre range of ornamentation. Prof. Stalley will then turn to the circumstances in which it was made, why it was made, and the fact that it was unfinished along with the possibility that the Vikings killed the sole illuminator.

The 2015 Kennedy Lecture Series

Prof. Lynn Staley
Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies
Harrington and Shirley Drake Professor of the Humanities
and Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Colgate University

Exploring Secular Vocation from Ricardian to Tudor England

September 22
The Queen

October 27
The Poet

November 10
The Merchant

All lectures take place on Tuesdays at 5 p.m., Seelye 201 at Smith College

For more information, please download the official announcement.