Lecture Series
The New York City Lecture Series in Church History offers an in-depth discussion of consecutive periods in the life of Christendom each year from September through May.
The Roman Forum Lectures in Church History 2009–2010


Primal Assaults on the Medieval Catholic Synthesis


Lecturer: John C. Rao
(D. Phil., Oxford)
Associate Professor of History, St. John’s University
Date & Time: All sessions will meet on
Sundays, at 2:30 p.m.
(See schedule below for specific dates of lectures.)
Location: Church Hall
University Church of St. Joseph
371 Sixth Avenue
New York, N.Y.

The entrance to the Church Hall is on Washington Place, south of Waverly Place.

Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F, V to West 4th Street.

Wheelchair accessible.

September 20

The Headless Christendom of 1270 A.D.

October 4

Holding the Fort–The 2nd Council of Lyons (1274)

October 18

Critiques of Reason & the Nominalist Advance

November 1

Mystical Revival: Orthodox, Heretical, & Apocalyptic

November 15

Turmoil Among the Franciscans

November 22

Papal Politics, Legalism, & Heresy

December 6

Special Lecture: Dr. David Allen White

(click here for details)

December 20

Philip the Fair Versus Boniface VIII

January 24

From Loss of the Holy Land to Attack on the Templars

January 31

John XXII & the Definitive Move to Avignon

February 14

John XXII, the Empire, & the Lay Spirit

February 28

Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio & the Revival of Letters

March 14

A Changing Aesthetic & Spiritual Environment

March 28

War, Plague, & Ecclesiastical Disruption

April 25

Byzantine Divisions & Crusading Dilemmas

(Followed by Birthday of Rome Cocktail Party)

May 1

The Avignon Administrative Machine & its Opponents

May 16

Sinners, Preachers, Saints & the Dream of Reform

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