The Eisenberg Institute's Thursday Speakers Series continues on February 14, 4 p.m. in 1014 Tisch Hall, with Lynda Coon's lecture, "Dark Age Jesus." Coon is a professor of history and religious studies and serves as chair of the Department of History at the University of Arkansas. Her work focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality, and religious practice in the early medieval era (ca. 600-900). 

"Dark Age Jesus" considers how the wounded body of Christ haunted the sacred architecture of the Carolingian Empire's monasteries, the virtual practices of monks, and the rhythms of daily life in the cloister. Link for a lecture abstract and short biography. Free and open to the public.

On February 15, 12 p.m. in 1014 Tisch Hall, the Institute presents the workshop, "Texts and the City: Spacing the Medieval Urban." The panel features Professor Coon and University of Michigan graduate students Jonathan Farr (Ph.D. Candidate, History) and Yanay Israeli (Ph.D. Candidate, History); the session is chaired by Rachel Neis (Assistant Professor; History, Judaic Studies, and Law; University of Michigan). Link for more details. Lunch provided. Free and open to the public.

These events have been made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.

Image: Christ Crucified with his body serving as the Cross. In Honor of the Holy Cross, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.  Vatican City, Reg. lat. 124, fol. 8v. Courtesy of Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.