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Lindsay Young Distinguished Visiting Senior Scholar Program

Images from the visits of former visiting scholars. The scholars are pictured meeting with graduate students and faculty, and giving lectures.

The Lindsay Young Distinguished Visiting Senior Scholar Program was created by the Marco Steering Committee in 2015, and Marco welcomed its inaugural Lindsay Young Visiting Scholar, James Palmer of St. Andrews, to campus in March of 2016. Designed to bring a distinguished scholar to campus for an extended visit of one to three weeks, this program is intended to enrich both faculty research and graduate/undergraduate education on campus. Candidates are nominated by Marco faculty members. 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.

Fall 2019 Distinguished Senior Scholar:
Elizabeth Pastan

Dr. Pastan is a Professor of Art History at Emory University. Her research interests include medieval art and architecture; medieval stained glass; monumental pictorial cycles: issues of text and image; the cult of relics; and medievalism. She will be visiting UTK in early October 2019.

Click here to view Dr. Pastan’s April 2019 interview with CNN about the Notre Dame fire.

Public Lecture:

“Restoring Gothic Architecture & its Stained Glass: what we’ve learned about medieval buildings from recent work at Chartres and Notre-Dame of Paris”

September 30 at 5:00 PM

Art & Architecture Building rm. 109

Lunch Seminar (by RSVP only):

“Gothic Architecture & its Islamic sources: viewing the buildings through a global lens”

Date: Tuesday, October 1st

Time: noon-1:30

Please RSVP to by September 23rd.

Past Distinguished Visiting Scholars:

Spring 2019


Eric Palazzo

Professor of Medieval Art History

The University of Poitiers, France

Fall 2018

Theresa Coletti

Professor of English

The University of Maryland

Fall 2017

Brenda Bolton

Professor Emerita

University of London (Queen Mary & Westfield College)

Spring 2017

Martin Aurell

Professor of Medieval History
Director, Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Civilisations Médievales
University of Poitiers, France

Fall 2016

Sergio La Porta

Professor of Armenian Studies
California State University, Fresno

Spring 2016

James Palmer

Reader in Medieval History

University of St Andews, Scotland