The Premodern Colloquium

The Premodern Colloquium is a reading group that has been meeting for over thirty years in the home of Tom Green (Law School, History) by whom it was founded as a forum for discussion of new work in the history of law. In recent years it has evolved into a wide-ranging multidisciplinary group. Typically discussions focus on works-in-progress by local and visiting scholars or dissertation chapters presented by our own students. Discussions tend to be intense and lively, but people who present work find the experience to be friendly and helpful. We especially welcome graduate students to our regular meetings, both as discussants and as presenters of dissertation work in progress.

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Semester Offerings: Winter 2014

JANUARY 19 Bruce Mannheim, U-M Anthropology
Wak’a: Entifications of the Andean Sacred


FEBRUARY 16 Stefano Mengozzi, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance
"Sacred Words in Ordinary Sounds: Revisiting Musical Humanism"


MARCH 16 Lee Butler, Independent scholar, Edwards, Colorado
Community Amid Chaos: The Villages of Izumi Japan, 1501-1504


APRIL 6 Leila Watkins, U-M English Language & Literature
"The 'More Heroic' Consolation of Companionship in Paradise Lost"