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Annual Riggsby Lecture on Medieval Mediterranean History and Culture

stuartThanks to the generous support of donors Stuart and Kate Riggsby, the Marco Institute was able to establish the annual Riggsby Lecture in 2004. This lecture series brings a prestigious scholar of the medieval Mediterranean to the University of Tennessee campus every fall to give a public talk on a medieval Mediterranean topic of the speaker’s choosing. We are grateful to the Riggsbys to have been able to host the following distinguished academics in past years.



2017 Riggsby Lecture:


Previous Lectures

Karla Mallette, Professor of Italian and Near-Eastern Studies (University of Michigan)
Cosmopolitan Languages, Lingua Franca, and Linguistic Frontiers in the Medieval Mediterranean


Paul M. Cobb, Professor of Medieval Islamic History (University of Pennsylvania)
“Charlemagne’s Muslim Elephant: Kingship, Nature, and Monotheism in the Early Middle Ages”
Click Here to watch the simulcast on November 5 @ 5:30p

Professor Jonathan P. Phillips (Royal Holloway, University of London)
“Saladin: Life and Legend”


Professor Catherine Brown (University of Michigan)
“Traveling Hands: Mobile Manuscript in the Early Medieval Mediterranean”

Amy Remensnyder (Brown University)
“La Conquistadora: A Tale of Two Seas, the Virgin Mary, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Indians”

Paul H. Freedman (Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, Yale University)
“A Phantom Spanish Archive: The Past Slips Through Our Fingers”

Professor Cynthia Robinson (Cornell University)
“Who’s that Girl?: Cross-cultural Narrative, Mysticism and the Lady on the Alhambra Ceilings”

Professor Sharon Kinoshita (University of California, Santa Cruz)
“How To Do Things in the Medieval Mediterranean”

Professor Michelle Hamilton (University of California, Irvine)
“The Fall of ‘Spain’: The Problem of Muslims in Medieval Iberia”

Joel Cohen, Director of the Boston Camerata
“Music of the Three Religions in Medieval Spain”

Professor Timothy Barnes (University of Toronto)
“What is the Theodosian Code?”

Professor David Nirenberg (Johns Hopkins University)
King Alfonso VIII and the Jewess of Toledo: A Love Story”

Professor Olivia Remie Constable (University of Notre Dame)
“A Game for Everybody: Chess and Society at the Court of Alfonso X of Castile” 

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