"The Costs and Benefits of Ethnic Identity as Genre in the Contemporary Fiction Marketplace," a lecture about life and writing by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. Presented on July 27, 2009, at 7 p.m. in the West Wing of Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. One of two Summer Sunset Lectures hosted by University Libraries, 2009.
"Coming Out of the Mountains," a lecture about life and writing by Annie Proulx. Presented on June 20, 2009, at 6 p.m. in the West Wing of Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. One of two Summer Sunset Lectures hosted by University Libraries, 2009.
The influential and innovative religious movement known as the Devotio Moderna or "Modern Devotion" first emerged in the Netherlands during the second half of the fourteenth century. It revitalized religious life in much of Western Europe and gave rise to the great spiritual classic, The Imitation of Christ. The movement has been variously interpreted: as the last stand of medieval asceticism, as a pointer toward the "self-fashioning" of the Renaissance, and as anticipating the Protestant Reformation.
"Innovation" was a quality often viewed with suspicion during the Middle Ages-it could even lead to excommunication-yet medieval craftsmen could be remarkably innovative in their work, creating fresh forms and transforming existing ones. The illuminated manuscript, which was both an artistic creation and a means of transmitting knowledge, was among the most remarkable cultural forms to emerge during the medieval period. But the manner in which manuscripts combined text and image varied greatly across the thousand years between ca. 500 and ca.
The soaring architecture of the great Gothic cathedrals represents one of the outstanding technical and cultural achievements of Western civilization. The major breakthroughs in building methods that made this architecture possible first took place in France during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, radiating outwards from there to other European countries and establishing a new kind of environment for religious performance and devotion.
No institution called a "university" existed in Western education before the late twelfth century. What then were the forces that encouraged the foundation of the earliest universities and their organization into a system of education more or less related to that found in the universities of our own time? Professor Jaeger's lecture will demonstrate the role played by the extraordinary intellectual energy that characterized the twelfth-century cathedral schools.