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Center for Norbertine Studies Events

Join the Center for Norbertine Studies, in collaboration with the Cassandra Voss Center, for a year-long celebration highlighting Norbertine women past and present. This collaborative partnership aligns with the campus-wide theme of “Ever Ancient, Ever New,” as well as the Cassandra Voss Center’s 2019-20 theme of “UnInvisible.”

Celebrating Norbertine Women
Women played a role in the formative years of the Norbertine order, and continue to do so today. By shining a light on these powerful and inspiring women, together we can honor their contributions and achievements. 

2019-20 Events
Each month
Center for Norbertine Studies

Monthly Unveiling
Each month during the academic year, a new Norbertine woman will be featured. Six different Norbertine women from the 12th to the 21st century will be highlighted. Each played an important role in the order’s history and future.

In addition to information on each month’s Norbertine woman, stop by the Center for Norbertine Studies (Mulva Library, 2nd floor) to get your “collectibles” (special commemorative items) for each of the featured stories.

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

“The Lost Women of Prémontré: Finding and Following the Footsteps of Medieval Women”
Yvonne Seale, assistant professor of history at SUNY Geneseo

Yvonne Seale explored the social, economic and political contexts of these women between the 12th and 16th centuries in light of new archival research which tells a much more complicated story than has long been assumed. 

Watch this lecture.

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020
Center for Norbertine Studies
Noon-1 p.m.

Year of Norbertine Women: Lunch and Learn
Discover why February's featured woman was an important figure in the order. Bring your lunch and join others on campus for an informal discussion! "Collectibles" available (special commemorative items).

Friday, March 6, 2020
Center for Norbertine Studies
Noon-1 p.m.

Year of Norbertine Women: Lunch and Learn
Discover why March's featured woman was an important figure in the order. Bring your lunch and join others on campus for an informal discussion! "Collectibles" available (special commemorative items).

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Michel's Ballroom
5-7 p.m.

Norbertine Women Today
Experience the positive and profound impact of Norbertine women through all five senses. See, smell, touch and taste items produced by female Norbertine houses, and hear the inspiring stories of women making a difference locally and around the world. Light hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and soda provided. Door prizes given away all evening! This event is an open house with an informal agenda. Come and go as you please! 

Friday, April 3, 2020
CANCELED

Year of Norbertine Women: Lunch and Learn
Discover why April's featured woman was an important figure in the order. Bring your lunch and join others on campus for an informal discussion! "Collectibles" available (special commemorative items).

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
CANCELED

Nun on the Run: The Fugitive Canoness Countess Katharina of Wurttemberg
Racha Kirakosian, a graduate of Oxford University and an associate professor of German and the study of religion at Harvard University, will present the 2020 St. Augustine lecture. A Norbertine scholar with a particular emphasis on medieval Norbertine women, Kirakosian will share her latest research on an influential 15th-century female Norbertine from Wurttemberg, Germany, who exercised economic power in a way that eventually put her at odds with the Pope.

This event was canceled due to the COVID-19 response, but Kirakosian graciously shared with us a video of a lecture she gave on Katharina of Wurtemmberg at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in Uppsala, Sweden, where she was a 2019/2020 visiting fellow. 

Watch this lecture.

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