CFP: Prandium, A UTM Lunchtime Seminar Series

Presenters at this seminar series will include Graduate Students in the  departments from which Historical Studies draws its teaching assistants, namely Classics, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Drama, History, Medieval Studies, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, Religion, and Women & Gender Studies. The committee will choose 3 applicants per term to present a 20-minute paper to an audience of faculty, staff, librarians,  undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the Department  of Historical Studies.

Graduate students may use this opportunity as a complement to their studies, to present their research to a non-threatening audience and to practice for future job interviews. Students may also note this distinction on their CVs. Each student selected for the series will receive a prize of $200.

‘Prandium’ comes from Latin for ‘lunch’. The seminar series is intended to bring people to the department to share a lunch meal in harmony and to provide them some ‘food for thought’. It is also meant to enhance the experience of graduate and undergraduate students, introducing undergraduate students to graduate studies and increasing synergies between graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, librarians and staff. For more information on the UTM Department of Historical Studies, please visit our website at:

Second submission deadline: July 5th, 2011

Students are asked to submit a completed Prandium proposal form to Dr. Mairi Cowan at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The Letters of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln

Robert Grosseteste responds to a mandate of Pope Innocent IV:

For these reasons, revered lords, because of my obligation to be obedient and loyal […] I oppose, and I rebel against the things contained in that letter, chiefly because they so very clearly verge upon the sin I mentioned, so very abominable to our Lord Jesus Christ and so utterly destructive to the human race, and also because they are in every way opposed and contrary to the holiness of the apostolic see. (p. 446)

What caused the Bishop of Lincoln to protest so eloquently against papal actions? Find out in The Letters of Robert Grosseteste, translated for the first time into English by F.A.C. Mantello (Catholic University of America) and Joseph Goering (University of Toronto). The book provides a unique glimpse into medieval government and society. Available from University of Toronto Press.