This fund, established in memory of medievalists George H. Forsyth, Jr. (Professor of Fine Arts and Director of the Kelsey Museum of Ancient and Medieval Archaeology at the University of Michigan) and William H. Forsyth (Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art), is intended to sponsor a lecture by a distinguished scholar of medieval art to be presented at multiple venues. These lectures are typically held every other year. 


Lectures by:
Dr. Jacqueline Jung, Yale University

Wednesday March 8, 5:30pm
Moving Encounters and the Limits of Vision in the Strasbourg South Transept: The Pillar of Angels as a Tool for Thinking. University of Oregon; Eugene, OR. Local organizer: Maile Hutterer.

Thursday March 9, 1:50pm
Compassion as Moral Virtue: The Wise and Foolish Virgins in Gothic Sculpture. Lewis and Clark; Portland, OR. Local organizer: Benjamin David

Friday, March 10, 1pm
The Work of Gothic Sculpture in the Age of Photographic Reproduction.
Portland State University; Portland, OR. Local organizer: Anne McClanan


Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, Pennsylvania State University, Inhabited Architecture: A Pervasive Motif in Medieval Art and Modern Theory

Monday 29 September 2014 (Boston, MA; Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art & Culture, Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies)

Tuesday 30 September 2014 (Ann Arbor, MI; University of Michigan)

Thursday 2 October 2014,(Gambier, OH; Kenyon College)

Friday 3 October 2014 (Columbus, OH; Ohio State University) 


Anne Derbes, Professor Emerita of Art History, Hood College (Frederick, MD)

Gender and Agency in Late Medieval Italy: the Fresco Program of the Baptistery in Padua

Thursday 18  October 2012 (Northfield, MN; St. Olaf College)

Monday 22 October 2012 (Madison, WI; University of Wisconsin)

Mapping Damnation in the Last Judgement of the Arena Chapel, Padua (workshop)

Tuesday 12 October 2012 (Madison, WI; University of Wisconsin) 


Hiltrud Westermann-Angerhausen, Museum Schnütgen, former director. Statements of Rank and Sanctity:  Spolia in Royal Reliquaries

Four venues:

November 11, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
November 16, University of Colorado
November 18, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland
November 19, Hunter College, New York


The inaugural Forsyth Lecture was held in 2008 at three venues:

  • De Pauw University (October 13th) Saints in Boxes: Relics and Reliquaries in the Middle Ages

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (October 15th), Byzantine Reliquaries in France

  • Fordham University (October 17th), Recovering a Part of Byzantine Heritage: the Afterlife of Byzantine Relics and Reliquaries in France (followed by a reception).

The speaker was Jannic Durand, Curator of Objets d’Art at the Musée du Louvre.