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Interpreting the Handwritten Book: Medieval Manuscripts at UVM

November 8-9, 2019
Marsh Room, Billings Library
University of Vermont

Medievalist faculty from UVM's College of Arts and Sciences will conclude their semester-long project, Medieval Manuscripts and the Modern Humanities at UVM with a colloquium in Billings Library on November 8-9. UVM faculty and students as well as invited speakers will talk about UVM's medieval manuscripts at the colloquium, "Interpreting the Handwritten Book.” Please see the schedule below for a list of the presentations. The colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Special Collections at or 802-656-2138.

Friday, November 8
3:30 - 6:45 PM  Presentations by seminar members in History 225, Books and Readers in Europe, 1250-1550

Saturday, November 9

Welcome, 9:15 - 9:30
Bryn Geffert, UVM, Dean of Libraries

Session One, 9:30 - 10:40: The Collection and its History
Jeffrey Marshall (UVM, Silver Special Collections), Medieval Manuscripts in the Green Mountains: How the University of Vermont Acquired Its Collection, and Why
Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America), Otto Ege on the Shores of Lake Champlain

Session Two, 11:00 - 12:45: Teaching and Research with UVM Manuscripts
Cecilia Gaposchkin (Dartmouth College), Liturgical Manuscripts at UVM
Antonello Borra (UVM), In the Tradition of Dioscorides and his De Materia Medica? The Fifteenth-Century Italian Herbal (UVM MS 2)
Raymond Clemens (Yale, Beinecke Library), Stems, Stemma, and STEM:  Undergraduate Research Opportunities in UVM’s Italian Herbal (UVM MS 2

Session Three, 1:45 - 3:30: Preaching, Prayers, and Perfection
Anne Clark (UVM), Preaching Outside the Box? Johannes Nider’s Sermons about Holy Women and UVM MS 14.
Walter Simons (Dartmouth College), Lay Devotion and Local Saints in an Age of Reformation: Flemish Prayers in a Manuscript from 1561 (UVM MS 8).
Charles Briggs (UVM), Perfecting the Dominican Summa for Confessors: The Summa de casibus conscientiae of Bartolomeo da San Concordio (UVM MSS 9 and 10)

Session Four, 3:50 - 5:00: France at the End of the Fifteenth Century
Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier (UVM), Chronicling the French Monarchy: Material Transmission of Kings’ Lives (UVM MS 15)
Sean Field (UVM), Tracing Trails of Hospitaller Privileges, from Richard Lionheart to Louis XI (UVM MS 13)

Sponsored by the UVM Humanities Center and the Jack and Shirley Silver Special Collections, with support from UVM's Departments of History and German and Russian