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Wednesday, October 5
5:30 pm ET

Fordham University, Lincoln Center
12th Floor Lounge, Leon Lowenstein Center
113 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

This venue is accessible

Participation is free, but guests are encouraged to register to facilitate entry.
Guests will need to show that they have been vaccinated for Covid.

The Screening features a high-quality concert video that includes close-ups of the performers, subtitles, and spoken renditions of moderns interpretations of the texts.

The Roundtable conversation will be moderated by Andrew Albin, PhD, co-editor of Whose Middle Ages – a book of essays that rebuts popular misconceptions & deliberate misrepresentations about the Middle Ages to counter far right ideological assaults on human rights.


Boyda Johnstone, PhD, who received her PhD from Fordham University and is now an Assistant Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, part of the CUNY (City University of New York) system. Her articles and ongoing scholarly work address late-medieval dream interpretation and feminist dream visions, and she is on the Advisory Board of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship. She is also a dedicated labor activist and organizer within her union at CUNY.

Ellis Light, PhD candidate, who is a scholar, editor, and organizer researching medieval literature and the history of queer and trans spirituality; their dissertation focuses on bodily fluids & forms of community in medieval devotional literature. Ellis also works on grassroots, trans-affirming mutual aid with the Trans Closet Hudson Valley.

Natalie Reynoso, PhD, whose research on ancient martyrdom narratives uses critical theory—particularly queer and gender theory—to reconfigure the relationship between two related conceptual constellations:  body, identity, and self hood on the one hand, and sex, gender, and sexuality on the other. She is also interested in Afro-pessimist thought, the temporal dimension of incarceration, and the history of animals in antiquity. 

Patrick DeBrosse, PhD candidate, whose work involves the construction of medieval narrative history and the adoption & critique of the language of empire by twelfth-century troubadours in the Limousin protesting Angevin royal policies.


This event features a screening of Alkemie's Singing Truth to Power program, followed by a perfomer & scholar roundtable conversation led by Andrew Albin, PhD. Explore works from the Carmina Burana and the Roman de Fauvel in tandem with other historical calls for justice and current models for introspection, growth & action.

Enjoy a preview of a Bulla fulminante from Singing Truth to Power!


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Dr. Andrew Albin

Medieval Studies;

Director of Graduate 

Studies Fordham University

Dr. Boyda Johnstone

Medieval dream culture,

Labor activism

Ellis Light, PhD

Medieval Literature and

LGBTQ+ History

& Spirituality

Natalie Reynoso, PhD

Body identity and

Queer & Gender


Patrick DeBrosse, PhD

Medieval narrative history and the language of empire


Tracy Cowart (voice, harps, percussion), Ben Matus (voice, medieval bagpipes), David McCormick (vielle), Niccolo Seligmann (vielles, scheitholt, gittern), and Sian Ricketts (voice, recorders, douçaines)

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This program is made possible by support from the Center for Medieval Studies and Music Department of Fordham University.

Alkemie's programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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