Early Books lectures series XVI in April, 2019

L to R: Professors Albrecht Classen, Laura Hollengreen, Paul Milliman
L to R: UA Professors Albrecht Classen, Laura Hollengreen, Paul Milliman

Early Books Lecture Series XVI

Special Collections

University of Arizona Main Library

1510 E. University Blvd.

April 3, 6-8 p.m.
Early Christianity in Ireland and the Book of Kells: Medieval Theology and the Early Medieval Media Revolution with Albrecht Classen, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Department of German Studies


April 10, 6-8 p.m.
The Hours of Mary of Burgundy as Medieval Antecedent to Contemporary Augmented Reality with Laura Hollengreen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

April 17, 6-8 p.m.
Hortus Sanitatis: A Natural History of Health in the Late Middle Ages with Paul Milliman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History

Register online: https://www.uafoundation.org/NetCommunity/events/sceblclassen

Carolyn’s note: my husband UA Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen founded this lecture series and it is now in year XVI (16).  Enjoy the talks, free & open to the public.

He was interviewed on 3/28/19 on this lecture series on the Bill Buckmaster radio show on KVOI:

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  1. 2nd lecture of this series tonight, to hear Dr. Hollengreen speak about Duchess Mary of Burgundy and the Hours book written for her. Book of Hours was a private prayer book, lavishly illuminated with calendar scenes from the Bible and nature. Enjoy the talk, free & open to the public.

    UPDATE: Beautiful photos of this Hours book, which we followed along with my husband’s facsimile book. Laura compared these drawings to today’s virtual reality equipment, saying that these were in-depth ways to reach spirituality on a personal level. She concentrated on two drawings of cathedral views, peeking in from the outside.

  2. This 3 week lecture series starts tonight, with my husband’s talk on the Book of Kells. Not too late to RSVP to the link. Radio host Bill Buckmaster was surprised to hear that there is only ONE Book of Kells in existence, and that the UA owns a facsimile, on view tonight. Enjoy the talks. Special Collections library is to the left of the main entrance to the UA Main Library, all west of Cherry Avenue.

    UPDATE: Full house last night for this lecture, mostly showing the beautiful drawings in the Book of Kells, created in the 8th or 9th century by Benedictine monks. It lasted 1000 years and hopefully will last into the future. The facsimile itself is very expensive, costs in the $15,000-40,000 range. Interesting that there was pagan influence in the Book of Kells, and that the Book was moved from Kells Monastery to Trinity College in Dublin to preserve it.

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