The Cornelius Loew Lectures in Medieval Studies were established by the Board of the Medieval Institute in April of 1986 to honor a distinguished colleague on his retirement after thirty years of service to Western Michigan University.
During those years "Cornie," as he was known to his friends, served as founding Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion (1958-64), as Associate Dean then Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1964-68, 1968-77), and as Vice-President for Academic Affairs (1977-79). He returned to the faculty as a Distinguished University Professor in 1980 and taught until his retirement in 1986. He passed away on 24 October 1998 at the age of 82.
Offices and dates do not reveal the crucial role Cornie played during his career in the promotion and support of early studies on the campus of Western Michigan University. He was present at the creation of both the Medieval Institute and the Institute of Cistercian Studies. He was a strong supporter of what has become the International Congress on Medieval Studies, and his efforts as Dean and as Vice-President for Academic Affairs enabled Medieval Institute Publications to develop into the vital enterprise it has become.
It is safe to say that were it not for Cornelius Loew's wisdom and counsel at crucial stages in its growth Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University would not have become the vital and distinguished academic enterprise that it is. His commitment was unflagging. His enthusiasm was infectious. His guidance was firm, and generous, and kind. For all his services we thank him, and we remember him by continuing this series of lectures in his name.
(in reverse chronological order)
Daniel Hobbins, Univ. of Notre Dame
November 1, 2012
in connection with Medieval 5300, Introduction to Medieval Studies, taught by James M. Murray
Jessica Brantley, Yale Univ.
March 15, 2012
in connection with Medieval 6000, Art and Devotion in Medieval England, taught by E. C. Teviotdale
M. Michèle Mulchahey, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
April 12, 2011
in connection with History 6820, Mendicants and Their World, taught by Larry Simon
Andy Orchard, Trinity College, Univ. of Toronto
March 16, 2009
in connection with English 6100, Monstrosity in Anglo-Saxon Literature, taught by Jana Schulman
Marcia L. Colish, Yale Univ.
October 24, 2008
in connection with Medieval 6000, Introduction to Medieval Studies, taught by James M. Murray
Martha Bayless, Univ. of Oregon
March 19, 2008
in connection with English 5550, Chaucer, taught by Eve Salisbury
Dyan Elliott, Vanderbilt Univ.
April 5, 2006
in connection with Comparative Religion 5000, Historical Studies, taught by Kevin Wanner
Piero Boitani, Univ. di Roma "La Sapienza"
November 17, 2005
in connection with English 5550, Dante, taught by Eve Salisbury
Danuta Shanzer, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
April 7, 2005
in connection with Latin 560, Medieval Latin, taught by David Kutzko
George D. Greenia, College of William & Mary
October 12, 2004
in connection with Spanish 660, History of the Spanish Language, taught by Pablo Pastrana-Pérez
Francis Newton, Duke Univ.
March 10, 2004
in connection with Medieval 600, Codicology and Latin Paleography, taught by E. C. Teviotdale
Roberta Frank, Yale Univ.
November 13, 2003
in connection with English 597, Old Norse, taught by Jana Schulman
Amy Livingstone, Wittenberg Univ.
March 12, 2003
in connection with History 612, Medieval France, taught by Robert Berkhofer
Abraham L. Udovitch, Princeton Univ.
November 21, 2002
in connection with History 550, Medieval Islam, taught by Adam Sabra
Cornell Fleischer, Univ. of Chicago
March 28, 2002
in connection with Religion 500: Shi'a Islam, taught by David Ede
Donald A. Bullough, Univ. of St. Andrews
November 12, 2001
John Shinners, St. Mary's College
March 19, 2001
in connection with Religion 500, Christian Theology to 1500, taught by Jaclyn Maxwell
Andrew Galloway, Cornell Univ.
November 16, 2000
in connection with English 530, Medieval Literature, taught by Eve Salisbury
Edward Muir, Northwestern Univ.
April 4, 2000
in connection with History 550, Studies in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, taught by James Palmitessa
Constance Bouchard, Univ. of Akron
November 8, 1999
in connection with History 612, Medieval France: 10th-12th Centuries, taught by George Beech
Alan Stahl, American Numismatic Society
April 13, 1999
in connection with History 550, Medieval Archaeology, taught by Deborah Deliyannis
William Cook and Ronald Herzman, State Univ. of New York College at Geneseo
November 11, 1998
in connection with English 555, Dante, taught by Thomas Seiler
David Staines, Univ. of Ottawa
March 19, 1998
in connection with Medieval 600, Chrétien de Troyes, taught by Molly Lynde-Recchia
Linda Davidson, Univ. of Rhode Island
November 6, 1997
in connection with Spanish 600, Don Quixote, taught by Robert Felkel
Richard Sharpe, Univ. of Oxford
March 25, 1997
in connection with Medieval 560, Medieval Latin, taught by Timothy Graham
Robert Calkins, Cornell Univ.
November 13, 1996
in connection with Medieval 600, Medieval Manuscript Painting, taught by Joyce Kubiski
James J. O'Donnell, Univ. of Pennsylvania
March 18, 1996
in connection with Latin 560, Medieval Latin, taught by Rand Johnson
Robert E. Lerner, Northwestern Univ.
November 6, 1995
in connection with History 620, Heresy and Dissent in Early Modern Europe, taught by Larry Simon