Natural Philosophy & Magic in the Latin Middle Ages

April 16, 2015, Presidents’ Lounge. Elly R. Tuitt, Assistant Professor of Medieval History, Bryn Mawr College, presents philosophers, theologians, clerical writers, and practitioners – of all sorts debated and defined the scope of human inquiry, the nature of Nature, and whether it was possible, let alone permissible, to go beyond the divinely ordained limits of the human intellect.  Archbishops consulted with auguries, while astral science, including astral prediction, was taught in university curricula.  Yet the distinction between legitimate and welcome inquiry into the laws of nature and the pursuit of the so called “dark arts” remained fraught, contested, and context dependent.

United Nations Trip

February 22, 2016.  Our tour of the United Nations began at noon and was followed by a special briefing on the topic of Global Migration.  We had lunch in the cafeteria at the United Nations.  After our briefing, we returned to Philadelphia.

Martin Luther King Jr. Alternative Narratives

January 20, 2016 in the Presidents’ Lounge.  A round table discussion with Professors Randall Miller, Katherine Sibley and Brian Yates, presented alternative narratives of his life and philosophy, emphasizing his internationalism and his critiques of American domestic and foreign policies.

Yalta and the Cold War Culture of Secrecy

November 10, 2015, located in the North Lounge.  Lecture by Dr. Joshua Botts, Historian’s office, U.S. Department of State.  In February 1945, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met at Yalta and confronted and expansive agenda that straddled the demands of finishing a war and building a peace.  The deals struck and compromises reached over representation and veto power at the United Nations, Soviet entrance into the war against Japan, and the composition of “liberated” governments in Europe, grew increasingly divisive within the United States as the wartime “Grad alliance” fractured and the Cold War erupted over the ensuing years.

Survival of the Fittest: Folk Song Traditions in Changing Mongolia

November 3, 2015 in the Presidents’ Lounge.  Lecture and presentation by Dr. Sunmin Yoon.  In 2005 UNESCO proclaimed the Mongolian Long Song as a UNISCO Masterpiece, and later, in 2008, listed it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  Now, as a result, more Mongolians are taking pride in this tradition as a representative aspect of their national culture.  Dr. Sunmin Yoon discusses the Mongolian Long Song and efforts in the past and present to promote and preserve it.

Why Church Councils Matter: Fourth Lateran, Constance, and Conciliarism in the Catholic Church

November 17, 2015, in the Presidents’ Lounge.  A panel discussion, Drs. Christopher Close, Alison Williams Lewin and William Madges, discussion to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Fourth Lateran Council, the 600th anniversary of the Council of Constance, with reflections on Vatican II and its connections to contemporary conciliar ideas in the Church.

United Nations at 70

October 15, 2015 in Barbelin 265 Lecture Hall.  Expert panel discussion with Dr. Amber Abbas, Dr. Lisa Baglione, and Dr. Rich Gioioso about the history of politics and cooperation.

A Man with a Water Jar?

October 6, 2015, Presidents’ Lounge.  Dr. Amy Sowder Koch, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Towson University, discussing rethinking the gendered roles of ancient Greek vases.