Rachel Fulton Brown, Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Chicago, and author of two well-received works on the history of Christianity with a focus on devotion to the Virgin Mary (“Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought” (New York: Columbia University Press 2018) and From Judgment to Passion: Devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary, 800–1200 (New York: Columbia University Press 2002), was our Forum Luncheon featured speaker May 10. Using the recent fire at Notre Dame, and the world-wide reaction to it as just one contemporary example of the continued devotion to Our Lady, Brown then presented a short synopsis of her work on medieval piety, and in particular on the widespread devotion to Our Blessed Mother and our current misconceptions about it, and in particular those that spread as part of the Reformation.
For a discussion of how Rachel Fulton Brown became a medievalist, how this led to her conversion to Catholicism, the experience of being a conservative and a Catholic in 21st-century academe, and why she teaches The Lord of the Rings see host John Tangney with the Intellectual Diversity Podcast ask her the difficult questions! Listen here.
Watch a video of this talk at CatholicCitizens TV