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Seminar: Monday, January 9, 2012, 7-9 pm at St. Bede's Episcopal Church: 2650 Sandhill Road, Menlo Park, In the Great Hall (6-7 brown-bag)
Members night: presentations by our own SARUM SEMINAR MEMBERS
  • WILLIAM MAHRT (Professor of Music, Stanford) presents his paper on The Role of Melisma in Early Music -- "lots of notes on one syllable"
  • VIRGINIA JANSEN (Professor of Art History Emerita, UC Santa Cruz) with an update on the Chapter House project at Vina, California, which she visited this Fall with Tim & Yoshio
  • J. FRASER MUIRHEAD (Opthalmologist) tells us about medieval cities in Russia
  • LINDA PAPANICOLOU (Art historian & art teacher) describes visiting the bell foundry in Loughborough, England -- "my encounter with a 14th century bell"
PLUS A BOOK SWAP/SALE before and after -- Bring duplicate or surplus books that others in the group might like to inherit or buy from you

Grafton talk Seminar: Monday, December 12, 2011, 7-9 pm at CASBS (6-7 brown-bag)
Virginia Jansen (Art Historian Emerita, UC Santa Cruz)
"Chaotic or Planned? City Development in the Middle Ages - A Discussion Masquerading As a Travelogue"

Medieval Matters lecture: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 7:30 pm at Geology 105, Building 320, Stanford. Free and open to the public. (Members-only reception 5:15-6:30 at Memorial Church Round Room) [audio]
Anthony Grafton (Historian, Princeton University)
"Jewish Ritual in Christian Eyes - how Medieval and Renaissance Christians came to value the role of Jewish traditions in their own rituals and architecture.

Great pavementSeminar: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 7-9 pm at CASBS
Tim Tatton-Brown (Cathedral Archaeologist, Salisbury, England): Westminster Abbey - The Marble and Porphyry Pavements & Deconstructing the West Front (click the link for more information, including plans of the Cosmati "Great pavement")

Special seminar/forum: Sun Oct 2, 2011, 11:30-12:30. Parish Hall, Foothills Congregational Church, Los Altos
Ann Jones. Layers of Medieval Krakow. This forum will explore the many layers of Krakow’s legends, history, art, and architecture. Medieval Krakow was an important center of religion, government, trade, and education. By the year 1000, a bishopric was established. In 1038, Krakow became the seat of the Polish government. By 1100, the city was a leading center of trade. The largest market square in medieval Europe was laid out in 1257. The University of Krakow, the second oldest in central Europe, was established in 1364. What makes Krakow unique is that we can still see traces and remains from these early times. The last serious damage to the city was from the Mongols in 1259.

Seminar: June 6, 2011. 7-9pm, CASBS
Chet Van Duzer. Sirens, sea horses, Leviathan: sea monsters on Medieval and Renaissance maps.
Mr. Van Duzer is an independent researcher in the field of early maps and spoke about the origins of the sea monsters so often depicted on them.

Seminar: April 7, 2011
Ann Simonson: The Mourners - the tomb sculptures of the Duke of Burgundy that are currently on tour in the US.

De Re Metallica, 1556Special seminar: Mar 17, 2011, Stanford Green Library
John Mustain: Stanford Special Collections library.
(The image to the right is a page about constructing a glass furnace from De Re Metallica by Georg Agricola, 1556. Click on it for a large image. Click here for a listing of what we saw.)

Medieval matters lecture: Feb 23, 2011. 7:00-9:00 pm, Geology Corner (Bldg. 320), Room 105, Stanford. Free and open to the public. [audio]
Robert A. Scott: Miracle Cures: Saints, Pilgrimage and the Healing Powers of Belief.

Seminar: Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, 7-9pm at CASBS
Brian Catlos (UC Santa Cruz): Fear and Loathing in Medieval Spain? Vulnerability and Confidence among the Muslim Minority of Christian Aragon. Brian studies Christian-Muslim-Jewish interaction in medieval Spain, the Mediterranean and the Islamic world, focusing on social, political and economic relations.