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Dr. David Foote

Associate Professor of Catholic Studies
Degree
Ph.D. History, University of California, Davis 1998
Office
300 Sitzmann Hall
Phone
(651) 962-5744

Education

Ph.D. History, University of California, Davis 1998 M.A. History, University of Florida, 1993 B.A. English, University of Florida, 1983

Areas of Expertise

Medieval Italy Medieval Church  

Publications

Book

Lordship, Reform, and the Development of Civil Society in Medieval Italy: The Bishopric of Orvieto, 1100-1250. (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004) 

Articles and Book Chapters

“History, Secularity, and the Problem of Catholic Seeing,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 16:2 Spring 2013, pp. 35-62.

Mendicants and the Italian Communes in Salimbene’s Cronaca,” in The Origin, Development, and Refinement of Medieval Mendicant Identities, ed. Donald Prudlo (Brill Companion Series, forthcoming)

“The Quiet City: Factional Violence and Papal State-building in Fourteenth-Century Orvieto,” in Paula Findlen, Michelle Fontaine, and Duane Osheim eds. Beyond Florence: Rethinking Medieval and Early Modern Italy. (Stanford University Press, 2002)

How the Past Becomes a Rumor: The Notarialization Of Historical Consciousness in Medieval Orvieto,” Speculum 75:4 (October, 2000), 794-815.

Taming Monastic Advocates and Redeeming Bishops: The Triumphale and   Episcopal Vitae of Reiner of St. Lawrence,” Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique, 91:1(1996), 5-40.

Presentations

“Ecclesiastical Institutions and the Conversion of the Barbarians: Unity of Process, Diversity of Results,” Presented at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan May 13-16, 2010.

“An Alien in Their Midst: Reflections on Religion & Society in the Middle Ages,” Presented at the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan May 4-7, 2006.

“A New Look at the Liber Censuum & Its Tax List,” presented at the 15th Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies” At New College, Sarasota Florida, March 9-11, 2006.

“From Charisma to Bureaucracy: The Making of an Episcopal Register in Medieval Orvieto,” Thirteenth Biennial New College Medieval Renaissance Conference, New College, Sarasota, Florida, March 14-16, 2002

“The Quiet City: Factional Violence and Papal State-building in Fourteenth-Century Orvieto,” Beyond Florence: Rethinking Medieval and Early Modern Italy.  Stanford University, November 13-14, 1998

“The Bishopric as a Field of Power and the Formation of Political and Religious Culture in the Early Communes,” Eleventh Biennial New College Medieval Renaissance Conference, New College, Sarasota, Florida, March 12-14, 1998

“When the Past Becomes a Rumor: The “Chronicle” of Bishop Ranerio of Orvieto (1228-1248),” AHA January 8-11, 1998 (Session 42. “Between Continuity and Change: Ways of Remembering in Medieval and Early Modern Society”)

“Writing and the Confluence of Ecclesiastical and Civic Cultures: The Administrative Innovations of Bishop Giovanni of Orvieto (1211-1212),” UC Medieval Seminars, Huntington Library, October 17, 1997
"An Occupation for the Saint: The Passio of Petro Parenzo," Pope Innocent II and His World, An Interdisciplinary Conference, Hofstra University, May 1-3, 1997

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 101 - 03 The Search for Happiness - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 55S B10
CRN: 42194 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David N. Foote This course provides a critical investigation into the quest for meaning and happiness as found in the Catholic tradition. Beginning with fundamental Catholic claims about what it means to be a human being, this course explores the call to beatitude in materials from several disciplines, including theology, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as ancient, medieval, and contemporary sources. Topics explored include a consideration of human persons in relation to divine persons, the supernatural end to human life, the human person as experiencing desire and suffering, the Christian paradox that joy may be found in the giving of one's self, and the search for happiness through friendship and love. Through all these topics, the course particularly examines the question, "What is the specifically unique character of Christian happiness?"

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CSMA 500 - 01 Cath Thought & Culture I - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 55S 207
CRN: 40080 3 Credit Hours Instructor: David N. Foote This interdisciplinary course begins exploration of the relations between [Catholic Christian] faith and culture exhibited through works of imagination and intellect drawn from the New Testament through medieval periods. As part of the M.A. program core curriculum, the course focuses on the multifaceted Catholic tradition but includes perspectives from Christians of other denominations and non-Christians selected to show the dialogue between Catholic thought and other cultural views and accomplishments. Primary attention will be given to works of literature, music, and art, with some attention to philosophical and theological works selected especially for their contributions to articulating insights concerning the relationship between faith and culture.

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HIST 111 - 03 Origins: Mod World to 1550 M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 414
CRN: 42114 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David N. Foote This course examines significant political, social, economic, religious and cultural developments of ancient Near East, ancient India, Greco-Roman civilizations, ancient and medieval China, ancient Japan, Islamic civilization, ancient African and American societies, and Medieval and Renaissance Europe. As beliefs and social- political concepts and practices of various civilizations formulated and developed during this period still heavily influence our modern world, this course provides a foundation to our understanding of the highly interdependent and interrelated contemporary world. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

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HIST 111 - 04 Origins: Mod World to 1550 M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC 401
CRN: 42115 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David N. Foote This course examines significant political, social, economic, religious and cultural developments of ancient Near East, ancient India, Greco-Roman civilizations, ancient and medieval China, ancient Japan, Islamic civilization, ancient African and American societies, and Medieval and Renaissance Europe. As beliefs and social- political concepts and practices of various civilizations formulated and developed during this period still heavily influence our modern world, this course provides a foundation to our understanding of the highly interdependent and interrelated contemporary world. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 101 - 04 The Search for Happiness M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 55S 207
CRN: 21231 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David N. Foote This course provides a critical investigation into the quest for meaning and happiness as found in the Catholic tradition. Beginning with fundamental Catholic claims about what it means to be a human being, this course explores the call to beatitude in materials from several disciplines, including theology, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as ancient, medieval, and contemporary sources. Topics explored include a consideration of human persons in relation to divine persons, the supernatural end to human life, the human person as experiencing desire and suffering, the Christian paradox that joy may be found in the giving of one's self, and the search for happiness through friendship and love. Through all these topics, the course particularly examines the question, "What is the specifically unique character of Christian happiness?"

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CATH 101 - 05 The Search for Happiness M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 55S 207
CRN: 21232 Instructor: David N. Foote This course provides a critical investigation into the quest for meaning and happiness as found in the Catholic tradition. Beginning with fundamental Catholic claims about what it means to be a human being, this course explores the call to beatitude in materials from several disciplines, including theology, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as ancient, medieval, and contemporary sources. Topics explored include a consideration of human persons in relation to divine persons, the supernatural end to human life, the human person as experiencing desire and suffering, the Christian paradox that joy may be found in the giving of one's self, and the search for happiness through friendship and love. Through all these topics, the course particularly examines the question, "What is the specifically unique character of Christian happiness?"

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 111 - 01 Origins: Mod World to 1550 M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920
CRN: 21514 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David N. Foote This course examines significant political, social, economic, religious and cultural developments of ancient Near East, ancient India, Greco-Roman civilizations, ancient and medieval China, ancient Japan, Islamic civilization, ancient African and American societies, and Medieval and Renaissance Europe. As beliefs and social- political concepts and practices of various civilizations formulated and developed during this period still heavily influence our modern world, this course provides a foundation to our understanding of the highly interdependent and interrelated contemporary world. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

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