2009 Anniversary Symposium “Gathering at the Threshold”

January 1, 2014 in Anniversary, Conference Announcement, Events, Photographic Exhibition

Gathering at the Threshold:
A Celebratory Symposium

In 2009 and 2010 the Research Group celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its formation as an entity in England and the tenth anniversary of its formation as a nonprofit educational corporation based in Princeton, New Jersey.  The stages of our history and the variety of our activities are reported in the pages of our Profile and History.

The date of our “official birthday” as a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation occurs in November.  We celebrated our Tenth/Twentieth Anniversary of 2009 with a gathering of Trustees, Honorary Trustees, Honorary Associates, Volunteers, and newcomers.

Raymond Cormier Speaks at our 2009 Symposium.  Photography by James P. Heidere.

Raymond Cormier Speaks at our 2009 Symposium. Photography by James P. Heidere.

[First published on our first website on *1 October 2009, with updates]

Gathering at the Threshold

A Celebratory Symposium

Saturday, 21 November 2009

106 McCormick Hall, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

Session 1

Moderator:  Giles Constable (School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

  • Giles Constable, “Introductory Remarks”
  • James H. Marrow (Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University )
    “Words of Welcome”
  • Colum P. Hourihane (Index of Christian Art, Princeton University)
    “Pontius Pilate and the Crucifixion”
  • Raymond J. Cormier (Department of English and Foreign Languages, Longwood University)
    “Glossing the Empire:  High Medieval Adaptations of Vergil’s Aeneid
  • Phillip N. Haberkern (Religion Department, Princeton University)
    “The Manuscript as Relic:  Narrative, Image, and Memory in Mid-Fifteenth-Century Bohemia”
  • Matthew J. Milliner (Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University)
    “Ruskin’s Rift:  The Space between Theology and Art History”

Session 2

Moderator:  Richard K. Emmerson (School of Arts, Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York)

  • David Ganz (Departments of Classics and History, King’s College, University of London, and
    School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
    “Risk and Fluidity in Script:  An Insular Instance
  • Erik Thunø (Department of Art History, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey)
    Deus Spectator:  God’s Eye in Medieval Art”
  • Karl F. Morrison (Department of History, Rutgers University)
    “Origin’s Self-Knowing through Scripture:
    Who can Express in Words the Difference between the Quality of the Sweetness of a Date and a Dried Fig?”
  • Mildred Budny (Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Princeton)
    “At the Threshold:  Women’s Wills in Old and New England”

Discussion and Concluding Remarks


2009 Celebratory Symposium Program as pdf.


Photographic Exhibition

An exhibition of photographs of medieval manuscript fragments undergoing conservation and research was displayed at the Reception following the day’s events.  The photographs were printed for the purpose by David Immerman, our Associate, as a donation to the event.

RGME Photography Exhibition label 2 for WebThe photographs themselves, by Mildred Budny, demonstrated results of experimentation with different forms of lighting, backgrounds, and approaches, as a first view of the Research Group photographic project devoted to materials in private hands, which began in August 2008.  This work is described among our Photographic Exhibitions and Masterclasses.


Some cumulative results of the long-term research devoted to some of the manuscript fragments selected for the 2009 Symposium Exhibition were reported at our 2013 Symposium at Princeton University on Identity & Authenticity.

Its downloadable Program Booklet includes the Abstract of the paper by Mildred Budny on “A New Fragment of the Vitas Patrum from the Covers of an Early Printed Postille:  An Early Case of Western Paper?”.

Our Anniversary Celebrations in 2014 included these events:

Those activities and more are reported in our 2014 Anniversary Reflections and News.


Our Activities and Sessions in 2014 and 2015 are reported in our First Annual Report for the CARA Newsletter (June 2015), reproduced with active links here.

The 2016 Symposium considered Words & Deeds.