The Roman Forum


Lectures in Church History

New York City at New Manhattan Location

“Binding the Rhinoceros”

Medieval Catholic Reform and the Taming of Nature


Lecturer: John Rao, D. Phil., Oxford

Associate Professor of History, St. John's University


Autumn-Spring 2007-2008 Schedule


      September 16:   Imperial Christianity & National Churches

    September 30:   Bishops, Priests, Monks, Hermits & the Laity

    October 7:         A Passion for Wider Reform

    October 21:       St. Leo IX and the Roman Revolution

    November 4:      Radical Reform, Simony, Celibacy & the East

    November 18:    Hildebrand, Investiture and the Battle with the Empire

    December 2:      The Many Fronts of the Reform War

    December 16:    A Fragile Peace of Church and State

    January 20:        From Malitia to Preudommes & Militia Christi

    February 3:        Islam, the Turks and the Plight of the East

    February 17:      The First Crusade

    March 2:            The Crusading States, Byzantium & the West

    March 16:          Poets, Monks & Mystical Theology

    March 30:          Canons, Preachers & Cathedral Schools

    April 13:            The Dialectical Method: Its Friends & its Enemies

    April 27:            The “Two Swords” and the “Two Laws”

    May 4:               St. Bernard, the Military Orders & the Second Crusade

    May 25:             The Complex Christendom of 1153


All sessions will meet on Sundays, at 2:30 pm.

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