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The Marco Institute is an internationally acclaimed center for the study of the history and culture of the premodern world, from roughly 300 to 1700 C.E. With our rich schedule of lectures, workshops, and symposia; multiple fellowship opportunities for faculty and graduate students; graduate certificate and Summer Latin Program; and undergraduate major and minor, we pursue the research and teaching of the early periods at the highest levels.

Our award-winning faculty represents a wide range of disciplines, and we boast special strengths in the history of the book and reading practices; in the religious and intellectual history and culture of late antique, medieval, and Renaissance Europe and the Near East; and in medieval and Renaissance epic traditions. Our interdisciplinary approach and collaborative enterprises contribute to the intellectual life of the UT campus, the Knoxville community, and beyond.

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Upcoming Event:

Lindsay Young Distinguished Visiting Senior Scholar Lecture

Thelma Thomas, “Angelic Appearances and the Monastic Fathers”

Thursday, November 3, 2022, 5pm
Lindsay Young Auditorium, Hodges Library

The Lindsay Young Distinguished Visiting Senior Scholar Program was launched in 2015, and is designed to bring a distinguished scholar to campus for a visit of up to three weeks. This program is intended to enrich both faculty research and graduate and undergraduate education on campus. During their residency, the Lindsay Young Visiting Scholar gives at least one public lecture, leads a seminar-style research colloquium, collaborates with Marco faculty, and attends at least one graduate class. This November, we’re pleased to welcome Thelma K. Thomas (NYU), who will be giving her public presentation on “Angelic Appearances and the Monastic Fathers” on Thursday, November 3, at 5pm, in the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library.

Thelma K. Thomas is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics, Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies, at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.  Her main teaching areas include Late Antique, Early Christian, Byzantine, and Eastern Christian art, architecture, and archaeology, and her primary research interests include material and visual culture, materiality, dress and identity, ancient and modern art commerce, the luxury arts, and visual rhetoric. She is  the author of Late Antique Funerary Sculpture: Images for this World and the Next (Princeton University Press) and she co-edited Reading Medieval Images: The Art Historian and the Object.

For more information, please visit the Lindsay Young Distinguished Visiting Scholar page.