March 8 talks by Irina Dumitrescu – public humanities in crisis / charisma of older women


[category, uc davis events]

With apologies to those who get this more than once: Please join us for two upcoming talks by Irina Dumitrescu (University of Bonn), a scholar of medieval literature who also writes on food, dance, and the humanities. Her work has appeared in PMLA, Exemplaria, and Anglia (on the medieval side) as well as the Yale Review, Petits Propos Culinaires, and Southwest Review (food writing).

On Tuesday, March 8, from 9–10:30 a.m. in Voorhies 228, she will be speaking as part of the Mellon Public Scholars event sponsored by the Davis Humanities Institute on “Rumba Under Fire: On Public Humanities and Times of Crisis” (poster at, drawing on her forthcoming edited collection (

Also on Tuesday, March 8, from 3:10–5:00 p.m. in Voorhies 126, she will speak on “The Charisma of Older Women” (poster below), examining the charismatic performances of three women with notoriously misspent youths—Mary of Egypt, Heloise, and the Wife of Bath—as they look back from the perspective of old age, alternately veiling and revealing their bodies and memories to seduce audiences within and outside their texts. There will be a reception after the talk.

I hope to see you there.


Dumitrescu poster.pdf