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Medieval studies minor committee Prof Frans van Liere

Frans van Liere, history, program director
616-526-6535 |

Frans van Liere holds an M.Div. in theology, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in medieval studies from Groningen University in the Netherlands. After coming to the United States in 1994, he worked as research assistant for Giles Constable at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and taught religion and history at the College of Charleston, S.C. He teaches a two-semester survey of medieval history, from AD 300 to 1450, and upper-level classes on the history of the papacy, the twelfth century renaissance, and the Bible in the Middle Ages. His publications include editions of Andrew of Saint Victor's twelfth-century Bible commentaries on Samuel and Kings, and on the Twelve Prophets. Prof. van Liere is currently working on a book on the Bible in the Middle Ages for Cambridge University Press.


Henry Luttikhuizen, art and art history
616-526-6327 |

Prof. Luttikhuizen teaches courses in early Christian and Byzantine art, Medieval art, and Northern Renaissance art. He is the co-author of two major textbooks, Medieval Art, 2nd. ed. (Prentice-Hall, 2005) and Northern Renaissance Art, 2nd. ed. (Prentice-Hall, 2004). He has also co-edited books, contributed essays to scholarly books, and curated numerous exhibitions. Luttikhuizen is currently writing a book on art and religion in late medieval Holland.

Mark Williams, classicsMark Williams
616-526-6293 |

Prof. Williams received his B.A. (hons) and M.A. in classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Ph.D. in classical philology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His major research interests are medieval Latin; writing on friendship in antiquity and the Middle Ages; and stylistics. Major publications include Studies in the Manuscript Tradition of Aristotle's Analytica (1984), Aelred of Rievaulx's Spiritual Friendship (1994), The Making of Christian Communities (2005), and a new edition of Goscelin of St.-Bertin's Liber Confortatorius.


Karen SaupeKaren Saupe, English
616-526-6467 |

Prof. Saupe earned a B.A. from Wittenberg University and a Ph.D. in Medieval English literature from the University of Rochester. Her research interests include Chaucer, Middle English lyric poetry, drama, and romance, as well as English literature of the Renaissance. She is the author of Middle English Marian Lyrics, an introduction to and anthology of poetry about the Virgin Mary. She serves on the editorial board of TEAMS, The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages.


Tim Steele, music Tim Steele playing with group
616-526-8523 |

Prof. Steele (far left) teaches courses in music history and theory. He holds the Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Chicago, and his research has focused on Latin motets, medieval liturgy, and the analysis of early music.  His article, “Tonal Coherence and the Cycle of Thirds in Josquin’s Memor esto verbi tui,” appeared in Tonal Structures in Early Music, published by Garland, and he is compiling a comprehensive catalog of musical settings of the psalms in manuscripts and prints of the sixteenth century.  Prof. Steele taught at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Covenant College before coming to Calvin and has served as a department chair and divisional dean.  He is a clarinetist, conductor, and also performs on recorder, viola da gamba, and other early wind and string instruments.