CEMERS Celebrates 50 Years Reception

In Honor of CEMERS’ 50th Anniversary & launch of Mediaevalia special issue “Medieval Futures”

Sylvie L. Merian
Reader Series Librarian, The Morgan Library and Museum
“Protection Against the Evil Eye? Votive Offerings on Armenian Manuscript Bindings”

Jesse Meyer
Pergamena
“Parchmentally Yours: Animal Materiality in the Intimate Study of Medieval Book Production and Its Related Fields”

Bus Trip to New York
Morgan Library and “Jerusalem” Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

CEMERS Conference
“The Pre-modern Book in a Global Context: Materiality and Visuality”

Marilynn Desmond
Distinguished Professor of English, Director of CEMERS, Binghamton University “Translatio in Wax: the Role of the Wax Tablet in the Composition of the Roman de Troie”


The Bernardo Lectures

Inaugurated in 1990 through the generosity of Aldo and Reta Bernardo, the Bernardo Lecture Series brings to campus distinguished scholars in medieval literature. Professor Emeritus Bernardo, (1920-2011), (Department of Romance Languages,) co-founded CEMERS in 1966. The endowed lectures are open to the public.

2016: Ronald Martinez, Professor, Italian Studies, Brown University will deliver the 26th annual Bernardo lecture entitled “Cleansing the Temple: Dante, Defender of the Church.”

Readers of the Commedia are familiar with Dante’s severe judgment of contemporary popes. The attacks are explicable as part of Dante’s strategy of defending the Church itself, which the poet saw as imperilled by papal avarice and political ambition. From the reference to the biblical punishment of Uzzah for touching the Ark of the Covenant in Epistola XI, urging Italian cardinals at the 1314 conclave to elect a Pope favorable to Rome, we know that Dante anticipated accusations of meddling in Church affairs. And meddle he did: the representations in the poem of the Church, in guises both historical and typological (Ark of the Covenant, Temple, Bride of Christ, etc.) comprise an ambitious program by which Dante identifies with the role of protector and purifier of the Church, modelled chiefly on scriptural episodes of Christ cleansing the Temple, a longstanding staple of anti-simoniacal reform within the Church itself. A series of passages in the second half of Paradiso (Cantos 15-16, 18, 22, 27) elaborate Dante’s investment in this role, one that is repeatedly linked to the poet’s condition as an exile.

*For a list of past Bernardo lectures, click here.

Last Updated: 2/3/17