The opening day of the conference was held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and featured a keynote address by renowned medieval historian Dr. Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at the University of London. Among Professor Rubin’s publications is Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary.

The second day of the conference was held at the Pryzbyla Center on the campus of The Catholic University of America and featured several morning and afternoon sessions along with a banquet.

Day One


  • John Garvey (CUA President)
SESSION I: Picturing Mary in Sacred and Literary Texts Session I video >

  • “The Qur’anic Virgin Mother”
    Speaker: Jonathan M. Reck (CUA)
  • “Theotokos Paschon?: The Virgin as Tragic Heroine in the Christos Paschon”
    Speaker: Casey Knott (CUA)
  • “Dramatizing Domestic Life: Mary and Joseph’s Marital Disputes in the Corpus Christi Cycles”
    Speaker: Vanessa Corcoran (CUA)
KEYNOTE ADDRESS Keynote video >

  • “The Virgin Mary: emotion and legacy in medieval Europe and beyond”
    Speaker: Professor Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London)

Day Two

SESSION II: Mary in Contested Space

  • “The Holy Family at Table: Jacques Callot’s Chef d’Oeuvre Exceptionnel”
    Speaker: Katelyn Grabski (CUA)
  • “Domestic Devotion: Paintings of the Virgin for Private Catholic Settings in Seventeenth-Century Utrecht”
    Speaker: Molly Harrington (University of Maryland)
  • “The Immaculate and the Sinners in Front of the Cross: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Cantata BWV 1083”
    Speaker: Chiara Bertoglio (University of Rome)
SESSION III: Marian Liturgy and Music

  • “The Virgin in Her Church: At the Confluence of Art and Liturgy in Santa Maria Maggiore”
    Speaker: Tyler Sampson (CUA)
  • “Promoting the Immaculate Conception in Fifteenth-Century Cambrai: Iconography, Devotion, and Theology in Carlier and Du Fay’s Recollectio Festorum Beatae Mariae Virginis”
    Speaker: Rachel McNeilis (Case Western Reserve University)

SESSION IV: Mary and the Senses

  • “The Virgin, the Viewer, and the Agency of Light in Antonello da Messina’s Virgin Annunciate”
    Speaker: Catherine O’Reilly (Boston University)
  • “Echoes of the Annunciation: the Angelus and a Spirituality of Time and Space through Hearing”
    Speaker: Sr. Maria Theotokos (Elinor) Adams, SSVM (CUA)
  • “Tuos misericordes oculos: Transformative Beholding, the Madonna Nicopeia, and Barbara Strozzi’s Salve Regina of 1655”
    Speaker: Sara Pecknold (CUA)

SESSION V: Mary in the New World

  • “Goddess Guadalupe: How Mexico’s Mother Image Became a Cultural Icon”
    Speaker: Tashina Garcia-Garza (Dominican University of California)
  • “The Women of Mexico: Investigating the Historical Characters of The Eternal Feminine and Once Again Sor Juana by Rosario Castellanos”
    Speaker: Lainie Vansant (University of Missouri)
  • “Mary Goes to the Fair: Situating the Pietà at the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair”
    Speaker: Abby Eron (University of Maryland)

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