For more than 30 years, The University of New Mexico and the Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS) have collaborated to present the Spring Lecture Series, an annual celebration of world-class scholarship and research to the UNM campus community.

This year, IMS celebrates its 33rd annual Spring Lecture Series presenting Sacred Objects and Places of the Middle Ages, April 23-26 at Woodward Hall, room 101. The event consists of several lectures that delve into a variety of Medieval interests including sacred objects and places, which is this year’s focus.

The lectures are an great opportunity for students and members of the public to interact with leaders in the many fields of medieval research and to see presentations of their current work first-hand.

Presenters included Bernard Meehan, who will open the week presenting The Bools of Kells – Seen and Unseen on Monday, April 23 at 7:15 p.m. Other presenters during the week include Adam Cohen, University of Toronto; Jennifer Pruitt, University of Wisconsin; Janina Traxler, Manchester University; Annemarie Weyl Carr, Southern Methodist University; and Bernard Meehan.  

This year’s concert, titled Places to Go, Things to See: A Medieval Bucket List, features the UNM Early Music Ensemble directed by Colleen Sheinburg, will be held Tuesday, April 24 in Keller Hall at 5:15 p.m.



Monday, April 23, 7:15 p.m.
“The Book of Kells-- Seen and Unseen”
Bernard Meehan, Trinity College Dublin

Tuesday, April 24, 5:15 p.m.
“Places to Go, Things to See: A Medieval Bucket List”
Concert by the UNM Early Music Ensemble directed by Colleen Sheinberg
(In Keller Hall, UNM Center for the Arts)

Tuesday, April 24, 7:15 p.m.
“Sacred Worlds in the Medieval Hebrew Book”
Adam S. Cohen, University of Toronto

Wednesday, April 25, 5:15 p.m.
“The Dome of the Rock and Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem: An Exploration”
Jennifer Pruitt, University of Wisconsin

Wednesday, April 25, 7:15 p.m.
“Vessel, Quest, Prise, Test, Threat: The Many Faces of the Grail”
Janina P. Traxler, Manchester University

Thursday, April 26, 5:15 p.m.
“Irish Manuscripts before 800 A.D.”
Bernard Meehan

Thursday, April 26, 7:15 p.m.
“Watching the Birth of a Holy Object: The Icon of the Kykkotissa on Cyprus”
Annemarie Weyl Carr, Southern Methodist University

All lectures take place in Woodward Hall, Room 101. All events are free and open to the public.

The IMS Spring Lecture Series is supported by the New Mexico Humanities Council. Additional contributions provided by Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Honors College, International Studies Institute, European Studies Program, Religious Studies Program Medieval Studies Student Association, and the Departments of Art and Art History, Earth and Planetary Sciences, English, History, Linguistics, Music and Physics and Astronomy.

For more information, visit Institute for Medieval Studies.