Areas of expertise
Ancient and medieval archeology
Stone quarrying and medieval construction
History and architecture of the Cistercian Order
Courses I Teach
Survey of Ancient and Medieval Art
Saints, Kings, Barbarians: Early Medieval Art
Castles, Cathedrals, Cities
Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy
My Saint Mike's
St Michael's College has always been a very special place to me, and I'm honored to be a bridge between Pontigny Abbey––where the Society of St Edmund was created in the 19th c.––and the College today. It's my pleasure to bring students to Burgundy (France) each year and to teach them them about the roots of SMC while exploring the history of this region through its historic architecture, museums, cities, castles, battlefields (as well as food, of course!). At SMC this medieval world view–– and my excitement about it––spills over into my courses, whether a survey of Europe and the Middle East from prehistoric times to the Renaissance, or specialized seminars in various aspects of the Medieval World, such as arts made by nomadic tribes in the 7th century, stained glass of the soaring cathedrals, or the architecture of monks who lived in silence in immense, exquisitely designed stone buildings. “Material culture” is so relevant for today when communication is, above all, visual, and I love being a conduit for the SMC community.
Terryl Kinder, visiting distinguished professor of art history, delivered the annual Saint Edmund Lecture late Thursday afternoon, November 15, 2018 (the eve of the St. Edmund feast day) in the Roy Event Room of the Dion Family Student Center. The title of the lecture was "Arms and the Man: Saint Edmund of Canterbury and Material Culture." This lecture was open to all students, faculty, and staff, as well as the public, and a reception followed in the Archway Lounge of the Dion Family Students Center.
(posted January 2019)