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Spring 2020

October 4, 2019


2:00pm, room 5409

"The Public Scholar in the Precarious University: A Workshop"
Speaker: David Perry

Should academics go public? How does going public work? What are the risks of speaking out? What are the risks of being silent? What are the benefits? How to go about it? A widely-published journalist and historian, David Perry will speak about the perils and promises of breaking out of the Ivory Tower in this networked age, then lead the group in a workshop where they think about their own public voice.

7:30pm, room 4600 (English lounge)
The Rossell Hope Robbins Lecture, Medieval Club of New York:
Online Fanboys, Medievalism, and Global White Supremacy
Speaker: David Perry
 
Over the last few years, white supremacists bearing medieval symbols have both marched and committed mass murder around the Anglophone world and throughout Europe. These manifestations of hate, though, are just the tip of a very ugly iceberg. David Perry, journalist and medieval historian, has spent the last few years tracking the connections between medievalism and hate on sites like 8chan, 4chan, and the Neo-Nazi website Stormfront. He argues that we need to understand even the most seemingly innocuous medieval chatter in these spaces as part of a new, dangerous, phenomenon to which everyone studying the medieval past must be ready to respond.
 
Biography: David Perry is a journalist and medieval historian. After receiving a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2006, David was a professor of history at Dominican University in the Chicago area. His book, Sacred Plunder: Venice and the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade (Penn State University Press, 2015) explores the construction and contests over the memorialization of the Fourth Crusade as revealed in texts about the movement of relics from East to West. Since 2013, David has published over 400 essays in numerous outlets, including CNN, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, and The Nation. His journalism covers contemporary politics, parenting, health justice, higher education, and the myriad ways in which history informs the present. 

Sponsors and Co-Sponsors: The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, Medieval Studies Certificate Program (Graduate Center), PublicsLab (Graduate Center), Humanities Center (Graduate Center), Medieval Club of New York

CANCELLED: March 23, 2020, 4:00pm-6:00pm, room 9205
‘All things should belong to one world’. Fra Mauro’s Map of the World, Venice, c. 1450:
A Project and a Story of Multiple Voices
Featured speaker: Dr. Angelo Cattaneo
Moderator: Professor Hyunhee Park (History)


Join Dr. Angelo Cattaneo for a compelling discussion on Fra Mauro’s mappa mundi (Venice, 1450) and his vision to build a fully connected world through an unprecedented ecumenical integration of maritime, fluvial, and caravan routes. Through a process of cosmographic imagination and by combining European, Arab, and Asian sources, Fra Mauro reformulated the very notion of “sea,” from a major metaphysical border of human action into the main stage of human activities.
 
Angelo Cattaneo is a Research Fellow in History at the National Research Council - C.N.R in Rome, Italy. He is the author of Fra Mauro’s Mappa mundi and Fifteenth-Century Venice (Brepols Publishers 2005) and author or editor of over a dozen other books and essays, on two main topics: the cultural construction of space, places and frontiers from the 13th to the 17th centuries and the history of cultural exchanges between Europe and Asia, with a focus on religion, missionary practices, and trade.
 
April 17, 2020, Columbia University
Inter-University Doctoral Consortium annual conference
Details TBA
 
April 23-25, 2020, Institute of Fine Arts
Interdisciplinary conference on real/imagined medieval pilgrimage
Details TBA
 
CANCELLED: May 1, 2020, Pearl Kibre Graduate Students conference, details TBA