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Dr. David Foote

Associate Professor of Catholic Studies; Associate Editor, LOGOS; Manager, Rome Program
Degree
Ph.D. History, University of California, Davis 1998
Office
Sitzmann Hall 300
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)

In Search of 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 Saint 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

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CSMA 539 - 01 Secularization - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 55S 207

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

22105 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

The development of modern Western culture is often described as a steady process of “secularization,” in which a distinctively Christian vision of reality inexorably recedes, leaving in its wake a “disenchanted” but presumptively real world best described by the natural sciences, or an exclusively naturalistic philosophy, with no place for God or the transcendent. Drawing on the work of Charles Taylor (A Secular Age, 2007) and others, this course examines recent challenges to this “master narrative” of a secularized modernity. How did this narrative come to achieve the status of unquestioned truth? How might we tell the story of modernity in a way that does not foreclose the reality of God and transcendence, but is also more than nostalgia for an imagined past? Recent debates over the coherence of “secularization” narratives provide the occasion for rediscovering the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition as a vantage point from which to engage and critique modern culture.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CSMA 598 - 01 The Catholic Hmong Experience - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22353 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

Schedule Details

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CSMA 599 - 02 School Choice in Law & History - - - - - - - 0600 - 0800

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

0600 - 0800

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23006 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 298 - 01 St Francis & His World - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 55S 207

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

42592 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CSMA 539 - 01 St Francis & His World - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 55S 207

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

42652 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

Western Europe in the twelfth through fourteenth centuries was in the throes of radical transformation, arguably one of the most decisive periods of change in European history. This period witnessed the birth pangs of the modern state, the revival of urban life and the early formation of an international market economy. The birth of the first European universities and the recovery of the corpus of Aristotle’s writings revolutionized the study of the liberal arts, theology and law. For the first time in almost a millennium, the lay urban classes became a center of energy and creativity in all spheres of life. Feeding off of the spiritual energy of a century of papal, monastic, and clerical reform, lay piety was in ferment, drawn simultaneously to the Church and to heretical sects like the Cathars. In short, it was a world in need of a saint, who could reveal Christ as its gathering and perfecting Logos and bring the love of Christ to bear upon its creative energy and endeavors. With all this in mind, this course will give us, who find ourselves in the throes of radical transformation as well, a wonderful opportunity to think about Christ and culture and the intersection of time with the timeless.

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