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Congratulations to Jeffrey Wayno for a successful defense and appointment as CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellow

Jeffrey Wayno (rapporteur for the Seminar on Medieval Studies) defended his dissertation last week: “Communication and the Limits of Papal Authority in the Medieval West, 1050-1250.” The dissertation was advised by Professor Adam Kosto (History), and the committee consisted of Professors Susan Boynton (Music), Richard John (Journalism and History), Neslihan Senocak (History), and Robert Somerville (Religion and History).

In the fall, Jeffrey will begin as Council on Learning and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies at Columbia University.

Congratulations, Jeffrey!


Congratulations to our graduating MA students!

On Sunday, May 15, four of our MA students were celebrated in Columbia’s May 2016 graduation:

  • Emily Taplin Boyd (degree conferred in October). Thesis: “From Donation to Vocation: Performance, Metadrama and Modeling in the Colloquy of Aelfric.” Thesis Advisor: Patricia Dailey.
  • Emily Calkins-Reed (degree conferred in May). Thesis: “Individual Privilege and the Fori regni Valentiae in the Reign of Jaume I.” Thesis Advisor: Adam Kosto.
  • Giulia Chiostrini (degree conferred in May). Thesis: “The Power of the Cloth: A Visual Experience; From a Distant View to a Close Examination.” Thesis Advisor: Diane Bodart.
  • Michael Merriam (degree conferred in October). Thesis: “Dark Speaking: Children and the Riddle of Translation.” Thesis Advisor: Patricia Dailey.

Congratulations, graduates!

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Giulia Chiostrini at the MA graduation ceremony.

Professor Carmela Franklin Elected President of the Medieval Academy of America


Professor Carmela Vircillo Franklin (Department of Classics) has been elected president of the Medieval Academy of America. Congratulations, Professor Franklin!

Consuelo Dutschke Awarded Medieval Academy of America’s Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies

Consuelo Dutschke, curator of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at Columbia University, has been awarded the Medieval Academy of America’s Kindrick-Cara Award for her work on the Digital Scriptorium project.

The Committee praised Dr. Dutschke’s “tireless and expert work with manuscript collections in libraries across the country. But this award specifically recognizes her leadership in the creation and development of the project known as Digital Scriptorium (DS), which she began in 1997 and which she has ‘patiently and tenaciously’ developed, organized and promoted to the present….Consuelo has been a tireless advocate and teacher for the project and its many uses, guided all the while by her ‘constancy, optimism, and skillful diplomacy,’ which has allowed the project to flourish. The letters of nominations were exuberant in their praise for her profound technical skills, the breadth of her knowledge, her ability to learn new technologies and media, and her boundless generosity toward colleagues, students and scholars. Her endeavors truly constitute an outstanding contribution to the field of Medieval Studies, for which we humbly thank her and offer this award in recognition.”

A warm, heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Dutschke for this recognition!

Seth Kimmel’s (Columbia, LAIC) “Parables of Coercion” Released

Parables of Coercion

We congratulate Professor Seth Kimmel, assistant professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University and a Columbia alumnus, on the publication of his latest book, Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain (University of Chicago Press, 2015). More information on the book can be found at this link:

A book launch event will be held at Book Culture on Tuesday, October 27 at 7pm. For more information on the event, please visit our event page:

History Professor Joel Kaye Awarded 2015 Barzun Prize

History professor Joel Kaye has just received the 2015 Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, awarded by the American Philosophical Society, for his book A History of Balance, 1250-1375 (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Congratulations, Professor Kaye!

Digital Dante Featured on ColumbiaNews

Teodolinda Barolini (Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian) and the Digital Dante project were featured in a ColumbiaNews article in May.  Read the story here:

Dante by Luca Signorelli

Dante by Luca Signorelli

Congratulations graduates!

Many congratulations to our two MA students, Jeffrey Palframan and Helen Christian, who have completed their MA theses and will have their degrees officially conferred tomorrow!  Best of luck in the future!

Professor Şenocak Appointed Fellow of the National Humanities Center

Congratulations to History Department Professor Neslihan Şenocak who was appointed as a 2015-2016 Fellow of the National Humanities Center, for her project Care of Souls in Medieval Italy, 1050–1300.  According to the Columbia Humanities Twitter feed, she is the 36th Columbia faculty member to receive this fellowship!

You can read more about the Fellowships here.


Professor Jean Howard’s Scholarship Honored in New Collection

Congratulations to Jean Howard, Columbia’s George Delacourt Professor in the Humanities, whose scholarship is honored in a new collection of essays:

Historical Affects and the Early Modern Theater
Edited by Ronda Arab, Michelle Dowd, Adam Zucker, and published by Routledge in 2015.

Read more on the Routledge website.

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