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Italy at Columbia Lecture

Robert Somerville: The Origins of the Papacy

The Italy at Columbia series invites prominent Columbia University professors to open one of their regularly scheduled classes to the public, bringing students and the community together in the Academy building. This spring the Academy welcomes Robert Somerville from the Departments of History and Religion.

Robert Somerville is the Tremaine Professor of Religion and Professor of History at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D at Yale University. His primary research interests include the history of Christianity through the 16th century Reformation, the Medieval Latin Church, the Papacy in the High Middle Ages and Medieval Latin Manuscripts. His graduate courses deal with the papacy, papal institutions, canon law in the Middle Ages and study of medieval Latin manuscripts. His publications include: Pope Alexander III and the Council of Tours; Scotia Pontifica: Papal Letters to Scotland before the Pontificate of Innocent III; Pope Urban II, the Collectio Britannica, and the Council of Melfi (1089), and Pope Urban II's Council of Piacenza.

Photo Credit: Papal Seal of Innocent IV. The Portable Antiquities Scheme/ The Trustees of the British Museum