Other Events of Interest


Other 2021-2022 MedRen Events at OSU

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September 2021


October 2021

October 6, 4:00 p.m.

"Looking for Hamlet, 1603: Artist Talk" (Register and more info)

October 6, 4:00 p.m.

"Enlightening Europe on Islam and the Ottomans: Mouradgea d'Ohsson and His Masterpiece" -- Carter Findley (OSU Dept. of History)

November 2021


November 12, 4 p.m.

Institute for Chinese Studies Lecture: Amanda Respess, "Cargo as Archive: Shipwreck Case Studies in the Nanhai Trade"

Amanda Respess (OSU, History) with commentators Stephen Murphy (SOAS University) and Derek Thiam Soon Heng (Northern Arizona University)

OSU Campus or online (registration required)

November 19, 1:30 p.m.

Center for Historical Research 2021-2023 Series - Crisis, Uncertainty, and History: Trajectories and Experiences of Accelerated Change
"Climate Change, Crisis, and Resilience in the Pre-Modern World" - Geoffrey Parker (OSU Dept. of History) and Adam Izdebski (Max Planck Institute)
Zoom - contact brooke.10@osu.edu for additional info
Presented by the OSU Center for Historical Research


December 2021

December 15th, 12-2PM in the Thompson Library, Room 150

MEDREN 5611 student-curated exhibition of materials from our Rare Books and Manuscripts Library “Gatherings: The Social, Material, and Cultural Networks of Books, 1450-1800”

In book making, a “gathering” is several leaves of paper bound into a single unit—the essential building block of the codex as an object. The varying uses of books in the world reflect this material aspect of their creation: books are fundamentally social objects that create novel methods and opportunities for gathering. This exhibition examines material features of books from the hand-press period (1450–1800) in the OSU Rare Books and Manuscripts Library for evidence of how they bring together people and ideas across boundaries of space, time, identity, and ideology.

January 2022

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 5:00PM at 311 Denny Hall

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 6:00PM at 311 Denny Hall

Department of English: Auditions for Lord Denney's Players' Production of "Comedy of Errors"

Lord Denney's Players will be holding auditions for their production of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors Tuesday, January 18 from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday, January 19 from 6-9 p.m. You only need to come one of those two days, and you can come any time during the 3-hour window for the day. Callbacks will be held Thursday, January 20 from 6-9 p.m. Auditions are open to all current Ohio State students, faculty and staff, as well as recent alumni (graduated in last ~3 years).

More details at: https://english.osu.edu/events/auditions-lord-denneys-players-production-comedy-errors


February 2022

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 at 4:00PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) via Zoom

Department of History of Art Ludden Lecture 2022: Cécile Fromont (Yale University)- "Penned by Encounter: Central Africans, Capuchin Friars and their Images in Early Modern Kongo and Angola"

More details and registration at: https://history-of-art.osu.edu/events/ludden-lecture-2022-cecile-fromont

March 2022

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022, 4-5PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) via Zoom

Richard Green (English, OSU) - "Fairy Tales and Tales about Fairies in the Middle Ages"

This is part of the Emeritus Academy's monthly lecture series in which members discuss their current research and creative activities. Lectures are free and open to the public, occurring at 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month during the academic year. Register for the lecture and check the full schedule of the lecture series at: https://oaa.osu.edu/2021-22-emeritus-academy-lecture-series

Friday, March 4th, 2022, 2:30-3:40 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) via Zoom

Pedro Cardim (History, FCSH-Nova, Lisbon) - Conquest or Benign Rule? Early Modern Conflicting Narratives about the Spanish and the Portuguese Empires. Join the lecture at:


Saturday, March 5th, 2022, 2:30-6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) via Zoom

Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Threshold: A Symposium in Honor of Barbara Haeger

The Department of History of Art is pleased to announce “Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Threshold: A Symposium in Honor of Barbara Haeger,” an event organized in recognition of Dr. Barbara Haeger’s contributions to the Department of History of Art and her field following her retirement in December 2020. It features four eminent scholars who will share their research. All are welcome.

More details and registration at: https://history-of-art.osu.edu/events/northern-renaissance-and-baroque-art-threshold-symposium-honor-barbara-haeger

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022, 2:30-3:50 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) via Zoom

Prof. José Lingna Nafafé (University of Bristol, UK) - “Illegality of the Atlantic Slave Trade and the Pledge for Universal Liberty in the 17th Century” at the SP7595 seminar (“Africa, Modernity, and the Ibero-American Atlantic”).

Join the talk at (no registration required): https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpdOCtrzgrG9AYbqoLkEw_Ic7CHt1vA3SF

April 2022


May 2022

Riddles in Conversation: An Online Seminar Series (Spring/Summer 2022), organized by Megan Cavell (University of Birmingham) and Jennifer Neville (Royal Holloway, University of London)

The Old English riddles of the Exeter Book (10th century CE) are often enlisted to illustrate what we think we know about early medieval culture, but the truth is that they are better at asking questions than giving answers. In this seminar series, therefore, we put the Exeter Book riddles in conversation with different kinds of knowing. Exploring in turn poetic translation, visual art, ornithology, and woodcraft, these four conversations will bring new insights to our understanding of early medieval culture. 

You can also access recordings of their previous seminar series, "Early Medieval Identities" on their website: https://theriddleages.com/research/