The Roman Forum Lectures in Church History

2009-2010 New York City Program



Primal Assaults on the Medieval Catholic Synthesis (1270--1378)


Lecturer: John Rao, D. Phil., Oxford

Associate Professor of History, St. John's University





      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 (See reverse side)

    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 11:         Byzantine Divisions & Crusading Dilemmas

    April 25:         Birthday of Rome Lecture (To be announced)

    May 1:            The Avignon Administrative Machine & its Opponents

    May 16:          Sinners, Preachers, Saints & the Dream of Reform



All Sessions Meet on Sundays, at 2:30 P.M.

Wine & Cheese Reception. Entrance Fee at door of $10.00


University Parish Church of St. Joseph/371 Sixth Avenue

Church Hall Entrance on Washington Place, south of Waverly Place

A, B, C, D, E, F, V trains to West 4th Street Station

Wheelchair Accessible