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Attend: “Culture Wars” Mediterranean Seminar Winter 2017 Workshop/ LAMS (Late Antique-Medieval Studies) Symposium (17 & 18 February: Pomona College)

The Mediterranean Seminar, and the Late Antique-Medieval Studies Program (LAMS) of the Claremont Colleges invite participants to the 2017 Mediterranean Seminar Winter Workshop in conjunction with the third biennial LAMS Symposium to be held on the campus of Pomona College, on 17 & 18 February, on the topic “Culture Wars.”

The Workshop will take place on Friday, 17 February at Smith Campus Center, 201 (Pomona College), with registration at 9:30am, followed by three workshop papers and a keynote address by Michael Bonner (Near Eastern Studies: University of Michigan).

Workshop papers:
• Victoria Ballmes (Religious Studies: UC Santa Barbara): "The Socio-Legal Construction of a Christian Empire"
• Sergio La Porta (Armenian Studies: Fresno State): "Breaking Bad: Apostasy and cultural transgression in medieval Anatolia"
• Andrew Devereux (History: Loyola Marymount): “The Eastern Chimera: Spanish Views of the Turks and Relations with the Ottomans (15th-early 16th centuries)”

The Symposium will take place on Saturday, 18 February at Smith Campus Center, 201, beginning at 9:00am, and will feature nine papers, plus a second keynote address by Yitzhak Hen (History: Ben Gurion University of the Negev).

Symposium papers:
• Samuel Cohen (History: Sonoma State): "Jews and Christian Heresy in Sixth-Century Italy"
• Benjamin Garceau (Literature: UC Irvine), "Translation as a War against Heresy in Late Antique Italy"
• Shane Bjornlie (History: Claremont McKenna College),“Beowulf, Grendel and cultural conflict at the edge of (Carolingian) Empire”
• Scott Bruce (History: CU Boulder) "At War with the Ancients: Reassessing the Reception of Greek and Roman Texts in Early Medieval Monasteries"
• Glen Cooper (History: Claremont McKenna College): "Christian vs. Muslim in Tenth Century Baghdad: The Intellectual Legacy of Inter-religious Conflict”
• Nader Al-Bizri (Civilization Studies: American University of Beirut) “Dialectical Syncretism and Intercultural Confluence: Overcoming Strife in the Epistles of the Brethren of Purity”
• Ahmed Alwishah (Philosophy: Pitzer College), "Aristotle vs Avicenna on Intellect and the Human Soul"
• Jamel Velji (Religious Studies: Claremont McKenna College), “Contesting Origins: on Coffee, Myth, and Religion"
• Patricia Blessing (Art History: Pomona College), "Crusade and Conquest in Medieval Fabrics: Textiles from Anatolia and Spain, 1100-1300"

• Brian A. Catlos (CU Boulder & UC Santa Cruz)
• Sharon Kinoshita (UC Santa Cruz)
• Kenneth Baxter Wolf (Pomona College)

Space is limited. For general information contact To register and to receive the workshop papers, please contact Jeffrey Baron (, and for logistical and site-specific information, please contact Ken Wolf (

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Ena H. Thompson Fund of the Pomona College History department. Support for the Mediterranean Seminar is provided by the Religious Studies Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder and other supporting units.

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