Cistercians, Chronologies, and Communities: The Legacies of Constance Hoffman Berman

May 20-21, 2016

Students, friends and colleagues of Professor Constance H. Berman are invited to honor and celebrate her career at a symposium to be held on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, 2016 in Iowa City. The theme of this symposium, "Cistercians, Chronologies, and Communities: The Legacies of Constance Hoffman Berman," draws on a number of important threads in Constance's work over the years. 

In her books Medieval Agriculture (1986), The Cistercian Evolution (2000), Women and Monasticism in Medieval Europe (2002), and the forthcoming The White Nuns; edited volumes such as Medieval Religion: New Approaches (2005); and innumerable articles and conference papers, Constance has broken new ground in medieval studies. As a scholar of the women, religion, and agriculture of the Middle Ages; as a member of the pioneering generation which helped to foreground the study of medieval women on university campuses and in scholarly works; and as an inspiration for another generation of medievalists, Constance has profoundly influenced her field.

The Symposium will be held in the historic Old Capitol Senate Chambers on the University of Iowa Pentacrest. On Friday evening, Constance will present a keynote lecture in the University of Iowa Special Collections and Archives which reflects on her career and on the future of the field. On Saturday, the symposium will begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm; it will be followed by a reception and dinner.

If you plan to attend, register using this online form. (Please note that if you register after March 31, lunch will not be provided on Saturday.)

You can access a the program for the symposium here: PDF iconbermansymposiumprogram.pdf


The Symposium organizers gratefully acknowledge the financial and logistical support of the Department of History, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Classics, the Department of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, the Department of English, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the John C. Gerber Research Fund, the University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia Goodwin, the Office of the President, the Graduate History Society, and the Iowa Forum for Graduate Medievalists.