The American Cusanus Society was founded at the sixteenth annual International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI in May, 1981. Since 1982, the ACS has regularly sponsored paper sessions at the Medieval Congress. Adding to its yearly sponsored sessions, in 2003 the Society founded the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series at the Medieval Congress.

Listings of recent sessions can be found below. Members in good standing can also find more information about past sessions (including proceedings or abstracts for some of the papers delivered in these session) in the American Cusanus Society Newsletter.

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51st Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2016)

Apocalypticism in the Age of Cusanus: In Memory of Louis B. Pascoe, S.J.
Day and Time TBA
Organizers: Wendy Love Anderson, Washington University in St. Louis and Donald F. Duclow, Gwenedd Mercy University
Presider: Wendy Love Anderson
  • The Church and the Last Days in Nicholas of Cusa's Brixen Sermons
    Richard J. Serina, Jr., Concordia University-New York
  • The Conjecture on the Last Days: Cusanus and Apocalypticism
    Bernard McGinn, Divinity School, University of Chicago
  • Imagining the Heavenly Jerusalem with Nicholas of Cusa and Thomas à Kempis
    Inigo Bocken, Titus Brandsma Institute for Spirituality and Mysticism, Radboud University Nijmegen

Nicholas of Cusa’s Theology of the Word
Day and Time TBA
Organizer: Peter Casarella, University of Notre Dame
Presider: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd Mercy University
  • Nature and Art in the Cusan Conception of the Word
    José Gonzáles Ríos, University of Buenos Aires – CONICET
  • Logos-Verbum: The Word in Nicholas of Cusa and Gadamer
    Michael Edward Moore, University of Iowa
  • A Dialogical Theology of the Word: Nicholas of Cusa's Idiota de sapientia
    Peter Casarella, University of Notre Dame

ACS Business Meeting
Thursday, May 12 5:15 PM

ACS Banquet
Thursday, May 12, 7:00 PM
Martell’s Restaurant 3501 Greenleaf Blvd. Kalamazoo, MI

50th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2015)

The Thirteenth Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 15, 5:15p.m.
Organizer: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy University
Presider: David Albertson, University of Southern California
  • The Meaning of the Icon in Nicholas of Cusa
    Jean-Luc Marion, University of Chicago Divinity School
Cusanus and the Hussites
Thursday, May 14, 1:30pm
Organizer: Thomas Izbicki, Rutgers University
Presider: Thomas Izbicki, Rutgers University
  • Cusanus and the Bohemian Utraquists
    Ian Christopher Levy, Providence College
  • English Political Posturing and the Trial of Jan Hus
    Michael Van Dussen, McGill University
  • Poland and the Hussites: Politics and Religion in the Era of the Council of Basel
    Paul W. Knoll, University of Southern California

Selfhood in Nicholas of Cusa’s De visione dei
Thursday, May 14, 1:30pm
Organizers: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd Mercy University and David Albertson, University of Southern California
Presider: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd Mercy University
  • Mystical Experience and the Neuropsychology of Self-Transformation in De visione dei
    Andrea Hollingsworth, School of Theology, Boston University
  • Man as Deus Creatus: The Role of Creativity in Cusa’s Image Theory
    Susan Gottlöber, Maynooth University
  • Self and Sociality: Reading Cusa’s De visione dei with Michel de Certeau and Jean-Luc Marion
    Thomas A. Carlson, University of California–Santa Barbara

ACS Business Meeting
Thursday, May 14 5:15 PM

ACS Banquet
Thursday, May 14, 7:00 PM
Martell’s Restaurant, Kalamazoo, MI

49th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2014)

The Twelfth Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 9, 5:15p.m.
Organizer: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Presider: Peter Casarella, University of Notre Dame
  • "Ramon Marti, the Trinity, and the Religions of the Book"
    Thomas E. Burman, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Nicholas of Cusa and Jewish Thought
Thursday, May 9, 3:30pm
Organizer: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Presider: Thomas Izbicki, Rutgers University
  • “But Following the Literal Sense, the Jews Refuse to Understand”: Hermeneutic Conflicts in Nicholas of Cusa’s De pace fidei
    Jason Aleksander, Saint Xavier University
  • Mirror, Seed, and Tree: Bridging Transcendence and Immanence in Cusanus and Spinoza
    Martin Sastri, University of Notre Dame
  • Nicholas of Cusa’s Ethics of Individuation and Martin Buber’s Dialogic Philosophy
    Sarah Scott, Manhattan College

ACS Business Meeting
Thursday, May 14, 5:15 PM
Chair: Peter Casarella, President

ACS Banquet
Thursday, May 8, 7:00 PM
Martell’s Restaurant, Kalamazoo, MI

48th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2013)

The Eleventh Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 10, 5:15p.m.
Organizer and Presider: Donald F. Duclow (Gwynedd-Mercy College)
  • Visionaries, Mystics and Reformers: The Case of Lucia di Narni
    E. Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania
The Philosophy and Theology of Nicholas of Cusa
Thursday, May 9, 1:30pm
Organizer: Elizabeth Brient, The University of Georgia
Presider: Peter Casarella, DePaul University

Cusanus and Modernity in Cassirer, Blumenberg, and Gadamer
Michael E. Moore, University of Iowa
An informal roundtable will follow the paper.

Cusanus’ Political Thought: Medieval or Mordern? A Roundtable Discussion
Thursday, May 9, 3:30pm
Organizer: Thomas M. lzbicki (Rutgers University)
Presider: Christopher Bellitto (Kean Univsersity)
  • Nicholas of Cusa, Morimichi Watanabe, and Paul Sigmund after Fifty Years
    Thomas E. Morrissey, SUNY Fredonia, New York
  • Watanabe, Cusanus, and the Medieval Idea of Peace
    Takashi Shogimen, University of Otago
  • The Later Works of Cusanus: Rethinking De concordantia catholica
    Thomas M lzbicki, Rutgers University
Respondant: Paul E. Sigmund (Princeton University)

47th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2012)

The Tenth Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 11, 5:15p.m.
Organizer: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Presider: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
The Literary Tradition of Marguerite Porete
Barbara Newman, Northwestern Univ.

The Philosophy and Theology of Nicholas of Cusa
Thursday, May 10, 3:30pm
Organizer: Elizabeth Brient, Univ. of Georgia
Presider: Jason Aleksander, Saint Xavier University
  • Cusanus’s Mapmaker: Power and Vision in the Compendium
    Clyde Lee Miller, Stony Brook Univ.
  • Dividing Cusanus: Reading Nicholas of Cusa in Early Modern England
    Chance Woods, Vanderbilt Univ
  • The Philosophy of Nicholas of Cusa and Al-Ghazali: A Comparison
    Marcia Costigliolo, Univ. degli Studi di Genova
Cusanus and Fifteenth-Century Studies: Past, Present, and Future (A Roundtable)
Thursday, May 10, 3:30pm
Organizer: Christopher Bellitto, Kean Univ.
Presider: Bernard McGinn, Univ. of Chicago
  • Cusanus's Importance for Renaissance Theology
  • Walter Andreas Euler, Institut für Cusanus-Forschung
  • Nicholas of Cusa's Cosmic Christology: New Theological Dimensions Joshua Hollman, McGill Univ.
  • Cusanus and Pius II Thomas Izbicki, Rutgers Univ.
Comment: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island Univ.-C. W. Post Campus

46th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2011)

The Ninth Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 13, 5:15p.m.
Organizer: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Presider: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Marguerite (Porete) of Hainaut, the Religious Life, and the Low Countries
John Van Engen, Univ. of Notre Dame

Digital Initiatives: The Cusanus-Portal and Accessing HMML Manuscripts
Thursday, May 12, 1:30pm
Organizers: Thomas M. Izbicki, Rutgers Univ., and Walter Andreas Euler, Institut für Cusanus-Forschung
Presider: Matthew Z. Heintzelman, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
  • Nicholas of Cusa in the Twenty-First Century: The Idea of the Cusanus-Portal
    Marco Broesch, Institut für Cusanus-Forschung
  • Nicholas of Cusa in the Twenty-First Century: The Different Components of the Cusanus-Portal
    Alexandra Geissler, Institut für Cusanus-Forschung
  • Not Yet Google, but Working on It: Online Finding Aids at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
    Wayne Torborg, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Response: Thomas M. Izbicki

Visuality and Visibility in Nicholas of Cusa
Thursday, May 12, 3:30pm
Organizer: David Albertson, Univ. of Southern California
Presider: David Albertson
  • Alberti and Cusanus: A Shared Epistemology of Vision
    Charles Carman, Univ. at Buffalo
  • The Inaccessible Cardinal: Visibility and Invisibility in Nicholas of Cusa
    Garth W. Green, School of Theology, Boston Univ.
  • Seeing and Not Seeing in Nicholas of Cusa
    Daniel O’Connell, Catholic Univ. of America


45th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2010)

The Eighth Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 13, 5:15p.m.
Organizer: Gerald Christianson, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
Presider: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Mathematicae ad Theologiam Translatio: From the Quarature of the Circle to Knowledge of God
Jean-Marie Nicolle, Centre Théologique, Univ. de Rouen

Basel and Vatican II: Similarities and Differences
Thursday, May 13, 1:30pm
Organizers: Christopher M. Bellitto, Kean Univ.
Presider: Thomas M. Izbicki, Rutgers Univ.
  • Basel and the Post-Vatican II Debate: Between Council and Conciliarism
    Massimo Faggioli, Univ. of St. Thomas, St. Paul
  • Nicholas of Cusa and the Council of Basel: Can the Prodigals Find Their Way Home?
    Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
Respondent: Christopher M. Bellitto

The Philosophy and Theology of Nicholas of Cusa
Thursday, May 13, 3:30pm
Organizer: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Presider: Anne Marie Wolf, Univ. of Portland
  • The Magnetic Word: Nicholas of Cusa’s De pace fidei, De concordantia catholica, and the Metaphysics of Christian-Muslim Dialogue
    Joshua Hollmann, McGill Univ.
  • Nicholas of Cusa and Riccoldo of Montecroce on the Two Falls
    Rita George Tvrtković, Benedictine Univ.
Respondent: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College

44th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2009)

The Seventh Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 8, 5:15p.m.
Organizer: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Presider: Gerald Christianson, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

The Resurrection of Saint Francis
David Burr, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.

Cusanus and Islam
Thursday, May 7, 1:30pm
Organizers: Donald F. Duclow, Gwenedd-Mercy College, and Thomas M. Izbicki, Rutgers Univ.
Presider: Margaret Meserve, Univ. of Notre Dame
  • Nicholas of Cusa and Islam
    Marica Costigliolo, Univ. degli Studi di Genova
  • Juan de Segovia and Nicholas of Cusa on Islam
    Anne Marie Wolf, Univ. of Portland
  • Preaching Crusade while Dreaming of Peace: An Appraisal of Nicholas of Cusa’s Exegetical Treatment of Islamic Texts
    Nicholas Jacobson, Seattle Pacific Univ.
The Philosophy and Theology of Nicholas of Cusa
Thursday, May 7, 3:30pm
Organizer: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Presider: Peter J. Casarella
  • Nicholas of Cusa’s Relationship to Mathematical Theory of the Fourteenth Century
    Sarah Powrie, St. Thomas More College
  • Mystical and Materialist Understandings of the Love of God in Nicholas of Cusa and Spinoza
    Jason Aleksander, St. Xavier Univ.
  • Nicholas of Cusa and Russian Philosophical Traditions
    Oleg Dushin, St. Petersburg State Univ.


43rd Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2008)

The Sixth Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 9, 5:15p.m.
Organizer: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Presider: Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary

Mystical Controversies of the Fifteenth Century: Turning Points in Christian Mysticism?
Bernard McGinn, Univ. of Chicago

The World of Nicholas of Cusa: Session in Honor of Morimichi Watanabe
Thursday, May 8, 10:00a.m.
Organizers: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Presider: Thomas E. Morrissey, SUNY–Fredonia
  • The Contributions of Marsilius of Padua and Nicholas of Cusa to Constitutionalism, Liberalism, and Democracy: A Dialogue with Cary Nederman
    Paul Sigmund, Princeton Univ.
  • In the Footsteps of Cusanus: The Visit to Monte Oliveto
    Thomas M. Izbicki, Rutgers Univ.
Coincident Theology: Session in Honor of H. Lawrence Bond
Thursday, May 8, 1:30pm
Organizer: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Presider: Bernard McGinn, Univ. of Chicago
  • Coincidentia Oppositorum and the Structure of Religious Experience
    Regine Kather, Albert-Ludwigs-Univ. Freiburg
  • Cusanus: Eucharist and “Transubstantiating” Human Nature
    Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
  • Coincidentia in 1440: The Riddles of Thierry of Chartres’s Legacy
    David Albertson, Univ. of Southern California
The Future of Cusanus Research (A Roundtable)
Thursday, May 8, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Presider: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Participants: Walter Andreas Euler, Institut für Cusanus-Forschungand Theologische Fakultät, Trier; Jason Aleksander, St. Xavier Univ.; Clyde Lee Miller, Stony Brook Univ.

42nd Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2007)

The Fifth Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 11, 5:15p.m.
Organizer: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Presider: Peter J. Casarella, DePaul Univ.
Metaphysics and the Intellectual Desire of God
Louis Dupré, Yale Univ.

Nicholas of Cusa I: Philosophy and Theology
Thursday, May 10, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Peter J. Casarella, Catholic Univ. of America
Presider: Peter J. Casarella
  • Enhypostasia Mystica: Reflections on the Christology of Nicholas of Cusa
    Philip McCosker, Peterhouse, Univ. of Cambridge
  • Between Time and Eternity: Neoplatonic Precursors to Cusanus’s Conception of “Non-temporal Time”
    Elizabeth Brient, Univ. of Georgia
  • The French Renaissance Philosopher Charles de Bovelles: A Student of Cusanus?
    Tamara Albertini, Univ. of Hawaii–Manoa
Nicholas of Cusa II: Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II)
Thursday, May 10, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Emily D. O’Brien, Simon Fraser Univ.
Presider: David J. McGonagle, Catholic Univ. of America Press
  • Empire, Emperor, and Council in Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini’s Pentalogus
    Emily D. O’Brien
  • Pius II and Bohemia: History and the Heretical Nation
    Phillip Haberkern, Univ. of Virginia
  • Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini and Nuremberg
    Thomas Mauro, M. Crist Fleming Library, TASIS
Respondent: Thomas M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins Univ.

41st Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2006)

The Fourth Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 5, 5:15p.m.
Organizer: Peter Casarella, Catholic Univ. of America
Presider: Peter Casarella, Catholic Univ. of America

The Timaeus latinus and Cusanus
Nancy van Deusen, Claremont Graduate Univ.

Nicholas of Cusa I: Cusanus and the Historical Perspective of Art
Thursday, May 4, 1:30p.m.

Organizer: Christopher M. Bellitto, Kean Univ.
Presider: H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State Univ.
  • As God Painted Himself: Cusa’s Theological Affirmation of Painting
    Il Kim, Columbia Univ
  • One-Point Perspective as a Cusan Coincidence of Opposites
    Catherine Frankenberg, Univ. at Buffalo
  • The Dead and the Living Image: The Aesthetics of Nicholas of Cusa and Leon Battista Alberti Rethought
    Matthieu van der Meer, Rijksuniv. Groningen
Nicholas of Cusa II: Philosophy and Theology
Thursday, May 4, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Presider: Nancy J. Hudson, California Univ. of Pennsylvania
  • On the Desire of God: The Cusan Reversal of Aristotle
    Sophie Berman, St. Francis College
  • Color, Light, Knowing in Cusanus’s Later Works
    D. P. O’Connell, Catholic Univ. of America/Univ. Trier
  • Metaphors of Motion in Two Late Works of Cusanus
    David Albertson, Univ. of Chicago


40th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2005)

The Third Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 6, 5:15p.m.
Organizer: Peter Casarella, Catholic Univ. of America
Presider: Peter Casarella, Catholic Univ. of America

Resonances of Stoicism in High Medieval Thought: Adiaphora, Synderesis, and Conscience
Marcia L. Colish, Yale Univ.

Nicholas of Cusa I: Rhetoric and Theology in Cusanus and Gerson
Thursday, May 5, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Peter Casarella, Catholic Univ. of America
Presider: Karlfried Froehlich, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Godspeak: Rhetoric and the Bible in the Theology of Jean Gerson
    D. Zach Flanagin, Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Two Christmas Sermons: Jean Gerson and Nicholas of Cusa on “Verbum Caro Factum Est”
    Clyde Lee Miller, SUNY–Stony Brook
Nicholas of Cusa II: Cusanus Research as Critical Scholarship and Politics: The Legacy of Raymond Klibansky on the Occasion of His 100th Birthday
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island Univ.
Presider: Morimichi Watanabe
  • Raymond Klibansky—The Centenarian: His Contributions to Modern Cusanus Research
    Hans Gerhard Senger, Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • “The Doorkeeper of Modernity”: The Legacies of R. Haubst, G. Santinello, and E. Colomer
    Peter Casarella, Catholic Univ. of America


39th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2004)

The Second Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 7, 5:15p.m.

Approaches to the History of Medieval Philosophy
William J. Courtenay, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison

Nicholas of Cusa I: Elizabeth Brient’s The Immanence of the Infinite
Thursday, May 6, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Clyde Lee Miller, SUNY–Stony Brook
Presider: Donald Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
  • Hans Blumenberg, Intellectual History, and the Problem of Epochs
    Isaac Miller, Oberlin College
  • Measure and the Infinite
    Bruce Milem, SUNY–New Paltz
Respondent: Elizabeth Brient, Univ. of Georgia

Nicholas of Cusa II: Late Medieval Reform of Church and Society: Papers in Honor of Gerald Christianson
Thursday, May 6, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Brian A. Pavlac, King’s College, Pennsylvania
Presider: Thomas M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins Univ.
  • The Sermons of Pierre d’Ailly at the Council of Constance
    Philip H. Stump, Lynchburg College
  • Reform in the Eyes of the Canonist Cardinal: Francesco Zabarella
    Thomas E. Morrissey, SUNY–Fredonia
  • Law and Order: Reforming Society in Late Medieval France
    Christopher Bellitto, Paulist Press


38th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2003)

The First Annual Lecture in the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture Series
Friday, May 9, 5:15p.m.

What’s in a Name? Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern: A Reconsideration
John Monfasani, Executive Director, Renaissance Society of America

Nicholas of Cusa I: Conjecture in the Metaphysics, Cosmology, and Politics of Nicholas of Cusa
Thursday, May 8, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Elizabeth Brient, Univ. of Georgia
Presider: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-MercyCollege
  • Subject or Conjecture? Politics and Metaphysics in Nicholas of Cusa
    Inigo Bocken, Katholieke Univ. Nijmegen
  • The Discovery of Individuality and the NewExperimental Sciences: The Rise of a Conflict since the Cosmology of Cusanus
    Regine Kather, Albert-Ludwigs-Univ. Freiburg
  • Conjecture and Metaphor in CusanThought
    Clyde Lee Miller, SUNY-Stony Brook
Nicholas of Cusa II: Nicholas of Cusa and Tradition
Thursday, May 8, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Thomas E. Morrissey, SUNY-Fredonia
Presider: James Muldoon, Brown Univ.
  • The Election of a Pope at Constance and Basel: A Step toward Unity or against Unity
    Thomas E. Morrissey
  • The Council of Basel’s Decree on the Papal Election and Oath of Office: Mirror of Prevailing Concepts of “Mixed Monarchy” or “Unheard of, Dangerous” Innovation Reflecting Radical Concillar Theory?
    Joachim W. Stieber, Smith College


37th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2002)

A Tribute to Heiko A. Oberman (1930-2001)
Robert J. Bast, Editor, Studies in Medieval and Reformation Thought
Friday, May 3, 5:15p.m.

Nicholas of Cusa I: Cusanus and Sermons in Late Medieval Germany
Thursday, May 2, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island Univ.
Presider: Lawrence F. Hundersmarck, Pace Univ.
  • Varieties of Preaching to Fifteenth-Century Germans: Cusanus and Composers of Model Sermons
    John W. Dahmus, Stephen F. Austin State Univ.
  • The Sermons of Nicholas of Cusa
    Walter Andreas Euler, Theologische Fakultat Trier
Nicholas of Cusa II: Philosophy and Theology
Thursday, May 2, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Donald F.Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Presider: Elizabeth Brient, Univ. of Georgia
  • Visions of the “Not-Other”: Unity and Difference in Pseudo-Dionysius and Nicholas of Cusa
    Lisa Marie Esposito, Drury Univ.
  • The Trinity of Man: A Variation on aTheme or a Revolution?
    Matthieu van der Meer, Univ. Groningen
  • Infinite Desire in De visione Dei
    Bruce Milem, SUNY- New Paltz


36th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2001)

Kingship: The History and Significance of an Idea
Francis Oakley, Williams College
Friday, May 4, 5:15p.m.

Nicholas of Cusa I: Ideas of Empire and Nation in Nicholas and His Age
Thursday, May 3, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Cary J. Nederman, Texas A&M Univ.
Presider: Cary J. Nederman
  • Christine de Pizan: Nationalism, Internationalism, and War
    Kate L. Forhan, Siena College
  • Forgery and Empire: Petrarch, Valla, and Cusanus
    Alfred Hiatt, Trinity College, Univ. of Cambridge
  • Vitoria on Civil Authority, Natural Rights, and Christendom
    Paul J. Cornish, Grand Valley State Univ.
Nicholas of Cusa II: Humanism and Holiness. Paul Oskar Kristeller and Charles Trinkaus on Late Medieval and Renaissance Thought
Thursday, May 3, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island Univ. - C. W. Post Campus
Presider: Heiko A. Oberman, Univ. of Arizona
  • Paul Oskar Kristeller and the Study of Humanism
    James Hankins, Harvard Univ.
  • The Iter Italicum from the Libraries to the World Wide Web
    Thomas M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins Univ.
  • Charles Trinkaus and the Religion of the Humanists
    Ronald G. Witt, Duke Univ.


35th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2000)

A Tribute to Charles Trinkaus (1911-99)
The Hunt for Wisdom: The Prehistory of Ideas
Donald R. Kelley, Executive Editor, The Journal of the History of Ideas
Friday, May 5, 5:15p.m.

Canon Law in the Age of Cusanus
Thursday, May 4, 10:00a.m.
Co-Sponsored with Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law
Organizer: Thomas M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins Univ.
Presider: Thomas M. Izbicki
  • Decrees and Decretals: The DecretalesreformationisdA. the Council of Constance (1414-1418)
    Phillip H. Stump, Lynchburg College
  • Canonists in Crises c. 1400-1450: Pisa, Constance, Basel
    Thomas E. Morrissey,SUNY—Fredonia
  • The Curse of Cusanus: Excommunication and Politics in Fifteenth-Century Germany
    Brian A. Pavlac, King’s College
Cusanus Studies in America: In Honor of Morimichi Watanabe
Thursday, May 4, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State Univ.
Presider: Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
  • Publishing Nicholas of Cusa orHow Friendships Arise: A Retrospective
    Manfred Meiner, FelixMeiner Verlag
  • Reflections on Cusanus Studies—Past, Present, and Future
    Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island Univ.—C.W. Post Campus
World Views in the Age of Nicholas of Cusa
Thursday, May 4, 3:30p.m.
Co-Sponsored with POLITICAS
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island Univ.—C. W. Post Campus
Presider: Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Seminary
  • Backward, Forward, Inward: History, Authority, and Heresy in the Early Fourteenth Century
    David Burr, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Fifteenth-Century Conceptions ofWorld Order: Nicholas of Cusa, Popes, and Canonists
    James Muldoon, John Carter Brown Library
  • John Luke and English Reform at the Council of Constance
    Chris Nighman, Wilfrid Laurier Univ.
  • The Theory of Empire in the Age of Nicholas of Cusa: Aeneas Silvius and Juan de Torquemada
    Thomas M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins Univ.


34th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1999)

A Tribute to Charles Trinkaus (1911-99)
A View of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy Gained Through the Study of Ramon Lull
Charles Lohr, Raimundus-Lullus-Institut, Univ.of Freiburg
Friday, May 7, 5:30p.m.

Nicholas of Cusa I: Theological and Philosophical Backgrounds
Thursday, May 6, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Dennis D. Martin, Loyola Univ.—Chicago
Presider: Dennis D. Martin, Loyola Univ.—Chicago
  • Dionysian Mystical Theology in Thomas Callus)
    Tracy Lounsbury, Loyola Univ.—Chicago
  • Holiness and the Science of Theology in Bonaventure’s Commentary on the Sentences
    Gregory F. LaNave, Catholic Univ. of America
  • Reading Jean Gerson’s Super Magnificat. Mystical Theology and Theological Reform after Constance
    Kenneth N. Pearson, Boston College
Nicholas of Cusa II: Cusanus and Ramon Lull
Thursday, May 6, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island Univ., and Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Lutheran Sem.
Presider: Charles Lohr, Univ. of Freiburg
  • Ramon Lull—Protagonist of Intercultural Dialogue
    Theodor Pindl, Philosophische Impulse, Freiburg
  • Lull, Cusanus, and the Qur’an
    Thomas E. Burman, Univ. ofTennessee
World Views in the Age of Nicholas of Cusa
Thursday, May 4, 3:30p.m.
Co-Sponsored with POLITICAS
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island Univ.—C. W. Post Campus
Presider: Gerald Christianson, GettysburgSeminary
  • Backward, Forward, Inward: History, Authority, and Heresy in the Early Fourteenth Century
    David Burr, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Fifteenth-Century Conceptions ofWorld Order: Nicholas of Cusa, Popes, and Canonists
    James Muldoon, John Carter Brown Library
  • John Luke and English Reform at the Council of Constance
    Chris Nighman, Wilfrid Laurier Univ.
  • The Theory of Empire in the Age of Nicholas of Cusa: Aeneas Silvius and Juan de Torquemada
    Thomas M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins Univ.


33rd Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1998)

Some Notes on the Mystery of the Fifteenth Century: Reflections on the End of the Beginning
Heiko A. Oberman, Univ. of Arizona
Friday, May 13, 5:30p.m.

Nicholas of Cusa I: Rhetoric and Reform at the Council of Constance
Thursday, May 8, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Thomas M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins Univ.
Presider: Thomas E. Morrissey, SUNY College-Fredonia
  • Plague, Politics, and the Pulpit: The Rhetoric of Reform in Richard Fleming’s Funeral Sermon for Robert Hallum
    Chris L. Nighman, Univ. of Toronto
  • Peace, Reform, and the Holy Spirit: Nicolas de Clamanges’ Ambivalent Hopes for the Council of Constance
    Christopher M. Beilitto, St. Joseph’s Seminary-Dunwoodie
  • Reform Themes in Some Unedited Sources from the Council of Constance
    Phillip H. Stump, Lynchburg College
Nicholas of Cusa II: The State of the Study of Late-Medieval Exegesis
Thursday, May 8, 3:30p.m.
Co-sponsored with The Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages
Organizer: Lawrence F. Hundersmarck, Pace Univ.
Presider: Karlfried Froehlich, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Spiritual Exegesis in Nicholas of Cusa
    Peter J. Casarella, Catholic Univ. of America
  • The Hussites, the Bible, and the Council of Basel
    Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
  • The State of the Study of Late-Medieval Exegesis
    Philip D. Krey, Lutheran Theological Seminary
Respondent: Karlfried Froehlich

32nd Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1997)

Nicholas of Cusa I: Lawyers and Jurisprudence in the Fifteenth Century
Friday, May 9, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University C. W. Post Campus
Presider: Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
  • Unquiet Life: Franciscus Zabarella at the University of Padua
    Thomas E. Morrissey, SUNY College-Fredonia
  • Walter Ullmann, Nicholas of Cusa, and the Empire
    James Muldoon, Rutgers University-Camden
  • Nicholas of Cusa as a Lawyer in the Context of the Development of the Legal Profession in the Fifteenth Century
    Joachim W. Stieber, Smith College
Nicholas of Cusa II: The Acta Cusana, I, iii: Its Recent Publication and its Significance for Cusanus Research
Friday, May 9, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University C. W. Post Campus
Presider: Morimichi Watanabe
  • The Great Legation in Light of the “Acta Cusana”: A Reconsideration
    Donald D. Sullivan, University of New Mexico
  • Nicholas of Cusa and the Bleeding-Host Shrine of Wilsnack
    Morimichi Watanabe
  • From Theory into Practice: The Failure of Nicholas of Cusa as Bishop of Brixen
    Brian A. Pavlac, King’s College
Nicholas of Cusa III: Cusanus as a Spiritual Writer: The Responses to H. Lawrence Bond’s Nicholas of Cusa
Saturday, May 10, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Peter Casarella, Catholic University of America
Presider: Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago
Responses by Thomas P. McTighe, Georgetown University; Robin Darling Young, Catholic University of America; Grover Zinn, Oberlin College.
Respondent: H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University

31st Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1996)

Nicholas of Cusa I: Jews and Muslims in the Age of Cusanus
Friday, May 10, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Thomas M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins University
Presider: James E. Biechler, LaSalle University
  • Truth and Consequences: Juan de Segovia on Islam and Conciliarism
    Jesse D. Mann, University of Chicago
  • What is the Problem with Jewish Law and Rites?: Alfonso de Espina’s Answer
    Steven J. McMichael, OFM, conv., St. Louis University
  • Luther and the Rabbis
    Brooks Schramm, Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary
Nicholas of Cusa II: Language and Learning
Friday, May 10, 3:30p.m.
Organizer and Chair: Markus Führer, Augsburg College
  • Marguerite Porete’s Christology as Language Performance
    Ellen Babinsky, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Dialectical Thinking in De Docta Ignorantia, Book III
    Clyde Lee Miller, SUNY-Stony Brook
  • A Special Case of Coincidentia in the De Coniecturis
    Thomas McTighe, Georgetown University
Respondent: F. Edward Cranz, Connecticut College

Nicholas of Cusa III: Aspects of Mysticism in the Age of Cusanus
Saturday, May 11, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary
Presider: Peter Casarella, Catholic University of America

Aspects of Mysticism in the Age of Cusanus
Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago
Respondent: H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University
Respondent: Dennis Tambarallo, Siena College
Respondent: Oliver Davies, University of Wales-Lampeter

30th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1995)

Nicholas of Cusa I: Nicholas of Cusa’s Place in Intellectual History
Friday, May 5, 1:30p.m
Organizer: H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University
Presider: H. Lawrence Bond
  • Hugh of Balma and the Tegernsee Controversy over Affective Mysticism
    Dennis D. Martin, Loyola University-Chicago
  • Cusanus’ Place in Western Thought
    F. Edward Cranz, Connecticut College
  • Conjecture and Representation in Nicholas of Cusa and Kant
    Eric Crump, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
Nicholas of Cusa II: Preaching and Refonn in the Age of Cusanus
Friday, May 5, 3:30p.
Organizer: Thomas M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins University
Presider: Philip Krey, Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • A Call for Reform: Nicolas de Clamange’s Use of Medieval Apocalypticism
    Christopher Bellitto, Fordham University
  • The Art of Preaching in Ten Sermons of Nicholas of Cusa
    Lawrence Hundersmarck, Pace University
  • Word as Bread: Recent Research in Nicholas of Cusa’s Theology of Preaching
    Peter Casarella, Catholic University of America
Nicholas of Cusa’s Dialogue on World Religions: A Student Response
Donald Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Friday, May 5, 9:00p.m.

Nicholas of Cusa III: Foundations of the Conciliar Theory Forty Years After
Saturday, May 6, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
Presider: Heiko A. Oberman, University of Arizona

Foundations of the Conciliar Theory: Its Significance for Ecc1esiology and Political Thought
Francis Oakley, Williams College

Response: Brian Tierney, Cornell University
Comment: Heiko A. Oberman, University of Arizona

29th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1994)

Nicholas of Cusa I: Philosophical Issues in Nicholas of Cusa
Friday, May 6, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Clyde Lee Miller, SUNY-Stony Brook
Presider: Clyde Lee Miller
  • The Image of God as Idiota in Nicholas of Cusa
    Kirk Payne, University of Texas-Austin
  • Fieri posse in Nicholas of Cusa’s De venatione sapientiae
    Clyde Lee Miller
  • Participation in Nicholas of Cusa’s De coniecturis
    Thomas P. McTighe, Georgetown University
Nicholas of Cusa II: Episcopacy and Refonn in the Fifteenth Century
Friday, May 6, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
Presider: James E. Biechler, La Salle University
  • Ecce sacerdos magnus: Welcomes to a New Bishop: Three Addresses from Franciscus Zabarella in 1396 and 1406
    Thomas E. Morrissey, SUNY-Fredonia
  • Simony Taxation and Property Rights: An Anonymous French Canonist’s Annate Tract from the Council of Constance
    Phillip H. Stump, Lynchburg College
  • Cusanus as Bishop of Brixen: The Reform of Popular Religion in the Tyrol
    Donald D. Sullivan, University of New Mexico
Nicholas of Cusa III: Teaching Nicholas of Cusa: The Essential Themes
Saturday, May 7, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Lawrence F. Hundersmarck, Pace University and Peter J. Casarella, Catholic University of America
Presider: Peter J. Casarella
  • Nicholas of Cusa’s Social and Political Ideas
    Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
  • Fundamentals of Cusanus’s Thought
    F. Edward Cranz, Connecticut College
  • Contemplative Practice and Reading Cusanus
    H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University


28th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1993)

Nicholas of Cusa I: The Influence of Greek Patristic Thought on Nicholas of Cusa
Friday, May 7, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Peter J. Casarella, University of Dallas and Lawrence F. Hundersmarck, Pace University
Presider: Lawrence F. Hundersmarck
  • Chalcedonian Neo-Platonism in Maximus the Confessor and Nicholas of Cusa
    Eric Perl, University of Dallas
  • Pseudo-Dionysian Negative Theology and the Not Other in Nicholas of Cusa
    Peter J. Casarella
  • Tracing Hierarchy in Cusanus’ Theology
    Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Nicholas of Cusa II: Cusanus, Constantinople, and the Council of Basel
Friday, May 7, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Thomas M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins University and Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
Presider: Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
  • Cusanus in Constantinople
    Robert H. Trone, Gettysburg College
  • The Greeks and the Division of the Council of Basel
    Thomas M. Izbicki
  • Nicholas of Cusa and Cardinal Bessarion
    Morimichi Watanabe (Thursday, May 2, 1:30p.m.)
Nicholas of Cusa III: Nicholas of Cusa-Theological and Philosophical Themes
Friday, May 7, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University and Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
Presider: Thomas P. McTighe, Georgetown University
  • Contemplative Theology in Nicholas of Cusa’s De apice theoriae
    H. Lawrence Bond
  • Nicholas of Cusa and the Ironic Deconstruction of Scholastic Certainty
    Roger E. Moore, Vanderbilt University
  • Rotunditas as the Relativizing Agent in De ludo globi
    Edward J. Butterworth, Saint Mary’s College


27th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1992)

Nicholas of Cusa I: Nicholas of Cusa at the Diet of Frankfurt, 1442
Friday, May 8, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Thomas M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins University
Presider: Phillip H. Stump, Lynchburg College
  • John of Segovia’s Gloss on the Bull Etsi Non Dubitemus
    Jesse D. Mann, University of Chicago
  • Nicholas of Cusa’s Attack on Neutrality at the Diet of Frankfurt
    Thomas M. Izbicki
Nicholas of Cusa II: Nicholas of Cusa and the Renaissance Sermon and the Exegetical Traditions
Friday, May 8, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
Presider: Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago
  • The Reception of Nicholas of Lyra’s Apocalypse Commentary
    Philip D. Krey, Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Nicholas of Cusa as Preacher: Themes from Selected Cusanus Sermons
    Lawrence F. Hundersmarck, Pace University
  • Melanchthon Contra Ineptum Erasmum: Melanchthon’s Scolia as Polemical Literature
    Timothy Wengert, Lutheran Theological Seminary
Respondent: Bernard McGinn

Nicholas of Cusa III: In Honor of F. Edward Cranz
Saturday, May 9, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University
Presider: H. Lawrence Bond
  • De principio and De aequalitate (1459)
    F. Edward Cranz, Connecticut College
  • F. Edward Cranz on the Late Philosophical Works of Nicholas of Cusa
    Thomas P. McTighe, Georgetown University
  • F. Edward Cranz’s Conception of the Intellectual History of the West
    Charles Trinkaus, University of Michigan


26th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1991)

Nicholas of Cusa I: Some Basic Problems of Cusanus Research
Friday, May 10, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
Presider: F. Edward Cranz, Connecticut College
  • The Acta Cusana: Goals, Possibilities, and Problems
    Erich Meuthen, University of Cologne and Historische Zeitschrift
Nicholas of Cusa II: Cusanus, The Council of Basel, and the Conciliar Movement
Friday, May 10, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
Presider: Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
  • From Hierarchy to Sovereignty: The Conciliar Movement, the End of the Middle Ages, and the Beginning of Modernity
    Constantin Fasolt, University of Chicago
  • Pope Felix V and the Council of Basel’s Program for a Constitutional Papal Monarchy
    Joachim W. Stieber, Smith CollegeThursday (May 2, 1:30p.m.)
Tenth Anniversary Commemorative Guest Lecture
Friday, May 10, 3:30p.m.
Sponsor: The American Cusanus Society
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
Presider: H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University
  • Introduction
    Morimichi Watanabe
  • How the Reformation Came
    Erich Meuthen, University of Cologne and Historische Zeitschrift


25th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1990)

Nicholas of Cusa I: Nicholas of Cusa on the Church, Popular Religion, and Music
Friday, May 11, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
Presider: Charles Trinkaus, University of Michigan
  • The Church in the Light of Learned Ignorance
    Thomas M. Izbicki, Wichita State University
  • Cusanus and Pastoral Renewal: The Reform of Popular Religion in the Germanies
    Donald D. Sullivan, University of New Mexico
  • Nicholas Cusanus’s Concept of Divine Number and its Importance for Renaissance Music Theory
    David P. Goldman, Queens College-CUNY
Nicholas of Cusa II: Cusanus as Theologian
Friday, May 11, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Markus L. Führer, Augsburg College
Presider: Markus L. Führer, Augsburg College
  • Cusanus’s De visione Dei and Leonardo da Vinci’s prospettiva
    Robert L. Gallagher, 21st Century Science Associates
  • The Concept of the Beyond in Proclus, Pseudo-Dionysius, and Cusanus
    F. Edward Cranz, Connecticut College
Nicholas of Cusa III: The Idea of Reform in the Fifteenth Century Councils and Nicholas of Cusa: Ideals and Realities – In Honor of Gerhart B. Ladner
Friday, May 11, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Gerald Christianson, Lutheran Theological Seminary
Presider: Constantin Fasolt, University of Chicago
  • Restore, Renew, Emend: Ideas of Reform as Historical Change at the Council of Constance (1414-18)
    Phillip H. Stump, Lynchburg College
  • The Annates Controversy and the Crisis of the Reform Idea at the Council of Basel
    Gerald Christianson
  • Ecclesiology and the Idea of Reform in Nicholas of Cusa’s Non-Ecclesiological Works
    H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University
Respondent: Constantin Fasolt

24th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1989)

Nicholas of Cusa I: Nicholas of Cusa, John of Segovia, and the Council of Ferrara-Florence (1438-39)
Thursday, May 4, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University-Co W. Post Campus
Presider: James E. Biechler, La Salle University
  • Nicholas of Cusa and the Council of Basel-Ferrara-Florence-Rome (1431-45)
    Petro B. T. Bilaniuk, University of Toronto
  • As Easy as One, Two, Three?: Juan de Segovia’s Explanatio de tribus veritatibusfidei
    Jesse D. Mann, University of Chicago
  • Nicholas of Cusa, The Council of Florence, and the Acceptation of Mainz (1439)
    Morimichi Watanabe
Nicholas of Cusa II: Cusa’s Thought
Thursday, May 4, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University
Presider: H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University
  • The Vita Christi of Ludolphus de Saxonia and Its Influence on Nicholas of Cusa
    Lawrence F. Hundersmarck, Pace University
  • Intellectus et ratio in Nicholas of Cusa
    Thomas P. McTighe, Georgetown University
  • The Late Works of Nicholas of Cusa
    F. Edward Cranz, Connecticut College


23rd Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1988)

Nicholas of Cusa I: Cusanus and the University of Cologne, 1388-1988
Saturday, May 9, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University
Presider: Morimichi Watanabe
  • The Agent Intellect in the Writings of Meister Dietrich of Freiberg and its Influence on the Cologne School
    Mark L. Führer, Augsburg College
  • Theologians and Theology at the early University of Cologne
    James H. Overfield, The University of Vermont
  • The Relationship Between the Epistemologies of Ramon Lull and Nicolaus Cusanus
    Theodor Pindl-Btichel, University of Freiburg
Nicholas of Cusa II: Science and Philosophy
Saturday, May 9, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Thomas P. McTighe, Georgetown University
Presider: Thomas P. McTighe
  • Some Epistemological Questions in Nicholas of Cusa’s Mysticism
    H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University
  • The Astronomy of Nicholas of Cusa: Science or Theology?
    Richard Hunter, Gwynedd-Mercy College
  • Dialectic and Perspective in Nicholas of Cusa
    Clyde Lee Miller, SUNY -Stony Brook
The Council of Basel in Recent Scholarship
Saturday, May 9, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Gerald Christianson, Lutheran Theological Seminary and Thomas M. Izbicki, Wichita State University
Presider: Thomas M. Izbicki
  • Some Issues in the Historiography of the Council or Basel
    Gerald Christianson
  • Collections or Basel’s Documenta and Acta
    Joachim W. Stieber, Smith College
Comment: Thomas M. Izbicki

22nd Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1987)

Nicholas of Cusa I: Cusanus the Reformer
Friday, May 8, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanahe, Long Island University
Presiding: James E. Biechler, La Salle University
  • Cusanus in Thought and Action: the Germanic Legation Revisited
    Donald D. Sulllivan, University of New Mexico
  • Nicholas of Cusa as Bishop of Brixen
    Morimichi Watanabe
  • Nicholas of Cusa and the First Printed Missal
    Mary Kay Duggan, University of California-Berkeley
Nicholas of Cusa II: Cusanus and His Sources
Friday, May 8, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Presider: Donald F. Duclow
  • Cusanus’ Use of Pseudo-Dionysius
    F. Edward Cranz, Connecticut College
  • The Theory of Intellect in Albert the Great and its Influence on Nicholas of Cusa
    Mark L. Führer, Augshurg College
  • The Idea of Sonship in Eckhart and Cusanus
    Maria Lichtmann & H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University
The Influence of Proclus in the Middle Ages A special lecture by Paul Oskar Kristeller, Columbia University
Friday, May 8, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Charles Trinkaus, University of Michigan & Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University
Presiding: Charles Trinkaus

17th-21st Annual Congresses on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI


21st Annual Congresses on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1986) Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II) I: Aeneas and the Fifteenth Century
Thursday, May 8, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Thomas M. Izbicki, Indiana University and Gerald Christianson, Luthern Theological Seminary
Presiding: James E. Biechler, LaSalle University
  • Aeneas and the Historiography of the Council of Basel
    Gerald Christianson
  • Plotting in the Privies: Pius II’s Account of His Own Election
    Thomas M. Izbicki
  • Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini’s Epistola ad Mahumetem and Nicholas of Cusa’s Cribratio Alchorani
    Albert R. Baca, California State University-Northridge
Nicholas of Cusa I; Cuasnus, Cusanus Studies, and the university of Heidelberg 1386-1986
Friday, May 9, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
Presiding: F. Edward Cranz, Connecticut College
  • Nicholas of Cusa at Heidelberg: Historians and the Early University of Heidelberg
    James H. Overfield, University of Vermont
  • The Origins of Modern Cusanus Research: Before and After Heidelberg
    Morimichi Watanabe
Nicholas of Cusa II: Nicholas of Cusa’s Philosophy and Thought
Friday, May 9, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University
Presiding: H. Lawrence Bond
  • The Function of Universum in Nicholas of Cusa’s Philosophy
    Thomas P. McTighe, Georgetown University
  • Convergence and Divergence: Hopkins and Blumenberg on Nicholas of Cusa
    C. Lee Miller, SUNY-Stony Brook
  • Reason and Beyond Reason in Nicholas of Cusa’s Thought
    F. Edward Cranz, Connecticut College
Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II) II: Aeneas and Fifteenth Century Politics
Friday, May 9, 3:30p.m.
Organizer: Thomas M. Izbicki, Indiana University and Gerald Christianson, Lutheran Theological Seminary
Presiding: Pauline M. Watts, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Pienza as Propaganda
    Helen S. Ettlinger, Berkeley, CA
  • Pius II and Sienese Politics: The Role of the Magnates
    Edward D. English, Victoria University
  • Aeneas and the Papal-Imperial Alliances in Defense of Monarchy (1446-48)
    Joachim W. Stieber, Smith College


20th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1985) Nicholas of Cusa I: Cusanus in the Western Intellectual Tradition—Unity, Spirituality, and Dialogue
Friday, May 10, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Gerald Christianson, Lutheran Theological Seminary
Presiding: Gerald Christianson
  • Ignorantia in Cusanus’ Theologizing on Spirituality
    H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State Univ.
  • Responding to Islam: Cusanus, Juan de Segovia, and Some Contemporaries
    James E. Biechler, La Salle Univ.
  • Pseudo-Dionysius in Quattrocento Rome
    John E. Monfasani, SUNY-Albany
Nicholas of Cusa II: The Philosophy of Nicholas of Cusa
Friday, May 10, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Thomas P. McTighe, Georgetown Univ.
Presiding: Thomas P. McTighe
  • Nicholas of Cusa and Some Eastern Philosophical Views: Concordance of Experience
    Francis N. Caminiti, Seton Hall Univ.
  • Nicholas of Cusa in the Margins of Meister Eckhart: Codex Cusanus 21
    Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College


19th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1984) Nicholas of Cusa I: Authority, Reform, and Humanism
Friday, May 11, 10:00a.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, C. W. Post Center, Long Island Univ.
Presiding: James E. Biechler, La Salle College
  • Reform and Reforms: Johannes de Turrecremata’s Rejection of the Council of Basel
    Thomas M. Izbicki, Texas Tech. Univ.
  • Nicholas of Cusa and the Church in the Empire
    Joachim W. Stieber, Smith College
  • Cusanus, Luther, and Humanism
    Morimichi Watanabe
Nicholas of Cusa II: Cusanus’ Philosophy and Theology—Problems, Sources, and Influences
Friday, May 11, 1:30p.m.
Organizers: Pauline M. Watts, Ann Arbor, MI and H. Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State Univ.
Presiding: Thomas P. McTighe, Georgetown Univ.
  • The Use of Contemplatio in Cusanus’ Mysticism
    H. Lawrence Bond
  • Nicholas of Cusa and the Quadrivial Sciences
    Mark L. Fiihrer, Augsburg College
  • Cusanus and the Renaissance Cosmos
    Pauline M. Watts


18th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1983) Nicholas of Cusa I: Nicholas of Cusa and the Council of Basel
Friday, May 6, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Morimichi Watanabe, C. W. Post Center, Long Island University
Presiding: Morimichi Watanabe
  • The Council of Basel at the Time of Nicholas of Cusa’s Incorporation and the Presentation of the Concordantia
    Loy Bilderback, California State University, Fresno
  • Nicholas of Cusa and Cardinal Zabarella: From Community Authority to Consent of the Community
    Thomas E. Morrissey, State University College of New York, Fredonia
  • Cusa, Cardinal Cesarini, and the Council
    Gerald Christiansen, Lutheran Theological Seminary
Nicholas of Cusa II: The Epistemology and Metaphysics of Nicholas of Cusa
Friday, May 6, 1:30p.m.
Organizer: Thomas P. McTighe, Georgetown University
Presiding: Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University
  • Can Cusanus’ Views on Knowledge Be Separated from His Neoplatonism? Reflections on De Beryllo
    Clyde Lee Miller, State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Genus, Species, and the Positivity of Essence in Nicholas of Cusa
    Thomas P. McTighe


17th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 1982) Nicholas of Cusa I
Thursday, May 6, 1:30p.m.
Organizers: Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University and Donald Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Presider: Pardon E. Tillinghast, Middlebury College
  • Nicholas of Cusa, Gregor Heimburg and the University of Padua
    Morimichi Watanabe, Long Island University, C. W. Post Center
  • Nicholas of Cusa and Muhammad: A Fifteenth-Century Encounter
    James Biechler, La Salle College
  • Cusa on History and Prophecy in the Late Middle Ages
    Donald Sullivan, University of New Mexico
Nicholas of Cusa II
Thursday, May 6, 3:30p.m.
Organizers: Lawrence Bond, Appalachian State University and Donald Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Presider: Mark L. Führer, Augsburg College
  • Alteritas and Contingentia in Cusa’s Metaphysics
    Thomas P. McTighe, Georgetown University
  • The Icon and the Wall: Visio and Ratio in The Vision of God
    Lee Miller, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Nicholas of Cusa’s Influence on Radical Thought in Seventeenth-Century England
    T. Wilson Hayes, Baruch College, CUNY