Throughout the year, the Bell Library sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of special events: lectures, conferences, performances, receptions, and other cultural activities. Check this page regularly for new links and listings! And don't forget to investigate our Exhibits and Annual Lecture pages, too.

Upcoming Events

Carl Sheppard Memorial Lecture in Medieval Art History

3 October 2019

7:00 p.m. Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120 (1st floor)

"You Who Pass by the Way: Recognition and the Mobile Observer in Later Medieval Art." will be presented by Professor Mitchel Merback, Johns Hopkins University.  Professor Mitchell Merback, Johns Hopkins University

Mitchell Merback is the Arnell and Everett Land Professor of Art History at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Merback’s research and writing, focusing on German, Netherlandish, and Central European art, 1250–1550, converges on several key themes in European cultural history: criminal justice and public spectacle; pilgrimage and popular religion; Christian-Jewish relations; religious dissent and reform movements; and more recently, the intersection of art, medicine, and therapeutic practices.

The author of several books and articles, including Pilgrimage and Progrom: Violence, Memory and Visual Culture at the Host-Miracle Shrines of Germany and Austria (2013) and Perfection’s Therapy: An Essay on Albrech Dürer’s Melencolia I (2017), he currently is working on a set of interlinked investigations into the dynamics of narrative disclosure in late medieval and Early Modern art.

Reservations recommended

The James Ford Bell Library is pleased to co-sponsor this Center for Medieval Studies event.  Professor Sheppard was a good friend to the Bell Library and a member of the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library, our friends group.

 Conference:  Premodern Food Cultures and their Legacies

14-17 October 2019, Elmer L. Andersen Library | Registration is free but required.

Organized by Professor Michelle Hamilton, director, Center for Medieval Studies; Emily Beck, assistant curator, Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine; and Marguerite Ragnow, curator, James Ford Bell Library, this conference explores premodern attitudes and cultural practices concerning food and how they resonate in today's society.  In addition to academic papers, presentations and tastings will be offered by local food producers and artisans.  The James Ford Bell Library, the Center for Medieval Studies, and the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World are just a few of the sponsors of this exciting event.    For more information and to register, please visit the conference web site.

The conference stems from the CSPW-sponsored workshop:  Premodern Food Lab




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