Texts and Contexts Seminar: October 28, 2022: The Legacy of Virginia Brown



Student-Alumni Council Room, Ohio Union
1939 N. High Street

9:00 am – 9:25 am: Coffee, bagels, pastries, etc.

9:25 am – 9:30 am: Opening remarks by Frank Coulson (Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University)

9:30 am – 11:00 am: Session I: Beneventan and Beyond
Moderator: Michael Meckler (Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University)

Luisa Nardini (Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin)

            Virginia Brown, Fragments, and the New Lists

Marjorie Curry Woods (Professor Emerita, University of Texas at Austin)

            Using Insights from Teaching Literature in Manuscript Research – And Vice Versa

Francis Newton (Professor Emeritus, Duke University)

            Naples: Two Eras in its History as a Writing Center

11:00 am – 11:30 am: Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Session II: Medieval Commentary
Moderator: Pieroandrea Martina (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes)

Kyle Gervais (Department of Classical Studies, Western University)

            Master John’s Two Masters: Editing and Interpreting the Integumenta Ovidii

David Gura (Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame)

            Beyond Geoffrey of Vitry: The Commentary Tradition of Claudian’s De raptu Proserpinae

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Session III: The Fortuna of Classical Texts
Moderator: Harald Anderson (George Washington University School of Business)

Robert Babcock (Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina)

             The Gembloux Manuscript of Caesar (BL, Add. MS 10084)

Julia Haig Gaisser (Professor Emerita, Bryn Mawr)

            Philology and Poetry in the Castigationes of Pierio Valeriano

James Hankins (Department of History, Harvard University)


3:30 pm – 4:00pm: Break

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture
Introduction: Anna A. Grotans (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University)

Greti Dinkova-Bruun (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)

            The Fragmentation of Medieval Manuscripts: Some Examples from the Library of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto


Future seminars:

2023: The Fortuna of Ovid

Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture: Fátima Díez-Platas, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela