The Crusades: Myth and Reality

Friday February 23

The First Crusade
keynote address  Living And Learning In The Holy Land After The First Crusade
The First Crusade (1096-99) resulted from the combination of two centuries’ worth of political, economic, and religious transformations in Western Europe and the Middle East. Geoffrey Koziol (UC Berkeley) will discuss these transformations and will introduce us to the writings of a cleric from Jerusalem who wrote a chronicle of the First Crusade and kept writing it for the next 20 years as he lived in the Holy land and saw it begin to fray.

lecture  The Medieval Epic And The First Crusade
The chanson de geste were immensely popular epic poems and part of the lyric poetry, all orally transmitted, that existed at the start of the First Crusade. Joseph J. Duggan (UC Berkeley) will explain how one of the most prominent of these, the Song of Roland, helped to inform the images of the Saracens in the mind of the French knights.

Selected Other Crusades

Saturday February 24, 2007

lecture   Reconquest And Crusade In Iberia (1085 To 1521)

The relationship between the Reconquest (or conquest) by the Spanish Christian kingdoms of lands held by Islam in the Iberian peninsula and how that changed the nature of the relations of the three religions living there will be explored by Teofilo Ruiz (UCLA).

lecture   From Contact To Coexistence: Art And The Crusades, (1130-1374)

Justine Marie Andrews(University of New Mexico) will enlighten us on the images which are now called Crusader Art, how they developed and became part of the fusion that went into the building of impressive cathedrals and icons built after the fall of Constantinople in 1204 and which continued even after the fall of Acre in 1291.

Tim Rayborn a Bay Area native and early music performer with an international reputation will play and sing some pieces of the Troubadours that were so much a part of their medieval communities, the crusades , and courtly life from 1100 to 1300.

lecture  Crusade Encounters: Medieval And Modern
The Muslim-Christian contact and confrontation in the Holy Land and the afterlife of the crusading ideal and its consequences for later and contemporary discourses on relations between Islam and the West will be presented by Adnan Husain (Queens University Kingston Ontario Canada).

panel discussion
Discussion and questions led by moderator James D. Ryan


Justine Andrews, Art History, U New Mexico

Joseph Duggan, French, UC Berkeley

Adnan Husain, Medieval Mediterranean History, Queen’s U Ontario

Geoffrey Koziol, History, UC Berkeley

Tim Rayborn, musician

Teofilo Ruiz, History, UCLA

James Ryan, History, CUNY


Rembrandt in the Golden Age of the Netherlands

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

October 20 & 21, 2006 2006 marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt, one of the most recognized names in art history.  Our program will explore Rembrandt and his environs in great depth, including the master’s work, a look at the Golden Age of the Netherlands, an exploration of Amsterdam in the 17th Century, as well as Dutch literature and music of the time.

Moderator Johan P. Snapper, Queen Beatrix Professor Emeritus University of California Berkeley

Friday October 20, 2006

lecture   Rembrandt and the Dutch Republic
Dr. Arthur K. Wheelock Jr, (Curator of northern baroque painting at the National Gallery of Art, and Professor of Art History at the University of Maryland) will explore the way in which Rembrandt’s art relates to the broader character of Dutch Society.

performance   Music of Dutch Composers of the 17th Century
Bay area early music performers Hanneke van Proosdij (recorder) and Katherine Heater(harpsichord) will perform the following program:

CapriciePieter Luidhens
Pavaen de Spanje
From ‘t Uitnemend Kabinet 1646-1650
Johan Schop (1590–1664)
More PalatinoGisbert Steenwick (1615–1679)
Pavana en Gaillarde
Synphonia in nuptias Joannis Everswyn et Luciae Buys
Cornelis Thymanszoon Padbrué (c.1592–1670)
Onder een linde groenJan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621)
Set of Brandes
From ‘t Uitnemend Kabinet; Brande A mener- Brande Gavotte- Brande Double- Derde Petit Brande- Vijfde Petit Brande
BravadeJr. Jacob van Eyck (c.1589–1657)
Doen Daphne
From the Camphuysen Manuscript (earlier than 1652)
BoffonsJr. Jacob van Eyck
Von der fortunaJan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Malle SijmenJr. Jacob van Eyck
Malle SijmenJan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
‘t Waren twee boerinnetjesPieter Dircksz Pers
FantasiaPieter Dircksz Pers
Als Bocksvoetjes
From ‘t Uitnemend Kabinet
Pieter Dircksz Pers
Jr. Jacob van Eyck

Saturday October 21, 2006

lecture   Amsterdam and the World in the Age of Rembrandt
Theodore K. Rabb (Professor emeritus, Princeton University) will discuss the role played by the city of Amsterdam in the complicated world order in 17th century Europe.

lecture   The Growth of the Market Economy in the Netherlands
Jan de Vries (Professor, University of California Berkeley) has studied European economic history and will delve into how the burgeoning economy in the Netherlands was reflected in the market for art.

lecture   Dutch Literature in the 17th Century
Our moderator, Johan P. Snapper, will acquaint us with some of the important writers working in the Netherlands during this period.

lecture  Nothing to Hide: Reflections on Rembrandt’s Creative Process
Susan Donahue Kuretsky (Professor, Vassar College) will demonstrate how Rembrandt reveals his own creative process, discuss Rembrandt’s desire that viewers share his fascination with how the works of art were created, and illustrate how they convey meaning.

Panel Discussion
Discussion and questions led by Johan P. Snapper with all of the program speakers.


Jan de Vries, History, Economics, UC Berkeley

Katherine Heater, harpsichord

Susan Donohue Kuretsky, Art, Vassar

Theodore Rabb, History, Princeton

Johan Snapper, Dutch Literature, UC Berkeley

Hannike van Proosdij, recorder performer

Arthur Wheelock, Curator of Northern Baroque Painting, National Gallery of Art