The History faculty is a distinguished crew. Emeriti professors Kathy Roper and Ronald Isetti won "Professor of the Year" awards.  In 2013-2014, the honor goes to Professor Myrna Santiago. In 2011, Professor Carl Guarneri won the Faculty Researcher-Scholar Award for his work on United States history, particularly the Civil War.  In 2012, Brother Charles Hilken won the Faculty Service Award for his dedication to our student body and his devotion to the College. In 2013, Professor Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo won the Faculty Researcher-Scholar Award for her work on the history of American women. Congratulations to an outstanding department! 

Br. Charles Hilken, F.S.C  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • Ph.D. Medieval History, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 1994
    Dissertation: In the Shadows of Montecassino and Santa Sofia di Benevento: An Edition and Study of the Necrology of Santa Maria del Gualdo Mazzocca: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Codex Vaticanus Latinus 5949.
  • M.S.L. Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 1991
  • M.A. Medieval History, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 1987
  • B.A. History, St. Mary's College of California, Moraga, California, May 1978
    Summa cum laude, and History Award at graduation.

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor - Department of History, Saint Mary's College of California (2003 - Present)
  • Associate Professor - Department of History, St. Mary's College of California (1999 - 2003)
  • Assistant Professor - Department of History, St. Mary's College of California (1994 - 1999)
  • Assistant Professor - Collegiate Seminar, St. Mary's College of California (1993 - 1994)
  • Secondary School Teacher - San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno and De La Salle, Concord (1979 - 1983)

Professional Experience:

  • Historical Consultant - Evergreen Exhibitions (May 31, 2009 - May 04, 2011)
    Vatican Splendors: A Journey of Faith and Art.
  • Historical Consultant - Evergreen Exhibitions (August 2007 - February 2008)
    Historical and script consultant for an exhibition, Vatican Splendors from Saint Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Swiss Guard; audio contributor and author an essay in the catalogue.
  • Professional and historical consultant - Clear Channel Exhibitions (2001 - 2003)
    Exhibition co-developer and writer for the catalogue of an exhibition, Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes, co-produced by Clear Channel Entertainment, Art Services International, and Vatican City.
  • Brother Counselor in the Residence Life Program - Saint Mary's College of Moraga, California (1993 - Present)
  • Historical consultant for the four-part video series Inside the Vatican with Sir Peter Ustinov, produced by John McGreevy - (1991 - 1992)
  • Associate Vocation Director in the District of San Francisco - Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (1983 - 1986)

Fellowships:

  • Elected Research Fellow - Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada (2000)
  • Elected Research Fellow - Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada (1995)

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • The Prehistory of Christine de Pizan's Concern for Non-Combatants in Warfare. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture, paper)
    19th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses
    The Prehistory of Christine de Pizan's Concern for Civilians in Warfare
    (April 2013)
  • An Anonymous Eleventh-Century Doctor of Charity: Glosses in the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    14th Quadrennial International Congress of Medieval Canon Law
    Current research on eleventh-century mansucript, Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Codex barberinianus latinus 421
    (August 09, 2012)
  • Further Research on Dating and Locating Codex Barberinianus Latinus 421. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    46th International Congress on Medieval Studies
    Paper in honor of the late Virginia Brown
    (May 14, 2011)
  • The Papacy, The Roman Catholic Church, and the World. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    Public lecture at the Missouri History Museum
    (May 15, 2010)
  • A Medieval Liturgical Reading of the Song of Songs.. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    American Catholic Historical Association
    (April 17, 2009)
  • A Fourteenth-Century Monastic Legal Dispute from Benevento. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    Thirteenth International Medieval Canon Law Congress
    (August 04, 2008)
  • A Fourteenth-Century Monastic Legal Dispute from Benevento. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    American Catholic Historical Association
    (April 05, 2008)
  • Retracing Dante's Steps to the Eternity of Hell. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    13th Annual Conference of The Association for Core Texts and Courses
    (March 2007)
  • The Scribal Record of Prayer and Work in the Chapter Room. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    Texts and Contexts
    A Conference at The Ohio State University, sponsored by the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies.
    (October 2005)
  • The Preservation of Names in Monastic Necrologies. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    Texts and Contexts
    A Conference at The Ohio State University, sponsored by the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies
    (October 2004)
  • The Preservation of Names in Early Medieval Necrologies from Montecassino. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    Manuscript Books in the Early Middle Ages
    Conference held at Villa Barberini, Piazza San Pietro, 30 May to 3 June, 2004, sponsored by The Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame and The Department of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Rijksuniversiteit in Groningen
    (May 2004)
  • "Integrating a New Translation of Boccaccio's Famous Women into the Collegiate Seminar. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    10th Annual Conference of The Association for Core Texts and Courses
    (April 2004)
  • The Preservation of Names in Early Monastic Necrologies. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    Cantus Intertextus: Chant and Liturgy in Medieval Italy
    Sponsored by Monumenta Liturgica Beneventana and Nota Quadrata, Toronto, Ontario.
    (March 19, 2004)
  • The Survival and Permanence of the Subdiaconate in the Middle Ages. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    38th International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan
    (May 2003)
  • Beneventan Minuscule on the Borderlands: Fragments of an Eleventh-Century Antiphonary at Zadar, Croatia. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (paper)
    35th International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan
    (May 2000)
  • Understanding Hildegard: Text and Context, or Hildegard on Her Own Terms. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (paper)
    conference in honor of the eighth centenary of the birth of Hildegard of Bingen, California State University at San Bernardino
    (October 1998)
  • New Wine in New Wineskins: Saint Thomas Aquinas in the Thirteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    informal curriculum of the Collegiate Seminar Program at Saint Mary's College
    (November 1997)
  • Holiness Remembered: Saintly Monks, Holy "vitae", and Necrologies of Montecassino. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (paper)
    32nd International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan
    (May 1997)
  • The Monastic Family: Dependents, Servants, Brothers and Sisters. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    12th annual Medieval Symposium at the University of Toronto in Canada
    (April 1997)
  • Public seminar on the writings of Catharine of Siena. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (other)
    St. Mary's College
    (November 1996)
  • Greek Saints and Conventions in South Italian Chapter Books. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (paper)
    International Medieval Congress, at Kalamazoo, Michigan
    sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America
    (May 1996)
  • South Italian Monastic Remembrances of the Dead. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (paper)
    American Catholic Historical Association Conference, at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas
    (March 1996)
  • Public seminar on the plays of Hrotsvit von Gandersheim. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (other)
    St. Mary's College
    (February 1996)
  • Public seminar on "Monastic Commemorations of the Dead". Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (other)
    Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto
    (February 1996)
  • The Historical and Theological Background for Prayers for the Dead. Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles (talk, speech or lecture)
    St. Mary's College sponsored by the Philosophy Club
    (December 1993)
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Publications:

  • Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles. 2013. Antonella Degl’Innocenti, ed. Vallombrosa: Memorie agiografiche e culto delle reliquie Vallombrosa: Memorie agiografiche e culto delle reliquie (Review). Renaissance Quarterly 66 (3 (Fall 2013)): 1016-1017.
  • Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles. 2010. "The Papacy in the Church and in the World", Vatican Splendors" A Journey through Faith and Art, pg.28-39, eds. , Kinsey, Anne, Phelps, Claudette, Simpson, Sharon, Evergreen Exhibitions
  • Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles. 2010. A Fourteenth-Century Monastic Legal Dispute from Benevento. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, Esztergom, 3-8 August 2008, eds. Erd, Peter and Szuromi, Sz. Anzelm, 621-631. Vatican City: Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana.
  • Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles. July 23, 2009. Tronzo, William, ed., St. Peter's in the Vatican (review)., The Medieval Review
  • Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles. July 2008. Urkundenbuch des Zisterzienserklosters Altzelle, 1162-1249 (Review), The Catholic Historical Review, vol. 94, issue 3, pg.557-558
  • Hilken, F.S.C, Charles. 2008. Memory and Community in Medieval Southern Italy:The History, Chapter Book, and Necrology of Santa Maria del Gualdo Mazzocca. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.
  • Hilken, F.S.C, Charles. 2008. The Scribal Record of Prayer and Work in the Chapter Room. In Classica et Beneventana: Essays Presented to Virginia Brown on the Occasion of Her 65th Birthday, eds. Coulson, F. T. and Grotans, A. A., 311-331. Turnhout: Brepols.
  • 2006. Beyond the Footsteps of Saint Francis., ed. Hilken, F.S.C., Charles Romeoville, IL: Lewis University.
  • Hilken, F.S.C, Charles. 2004. Necrological Evidence of the Place and Permanence of the Subdiaconate. In Ritual, Text, and Law: Studies in Medieval Canon Law and Liturgy Presented to Roger E. Reynolds, eds. Cushing, Kathleen G. and Gyug, Richard F., 51-66. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Hilken, F.S.C, Br. Charles. 2003. The Death, Burial, and Election of the Popes. In Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes, eds. Dunston, Allen and Zagnoli, Roberto, 99-107. Alexanria, VA: Art Services International.
  • Hilken, F.S.C, Charles. 2000. The Necrology of San Nicola della Cicogna (Montecassino, Archivio della Badia 179, pp. 1-64). Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.
  • January 1999. Il monachesimo femminile in Italia dall' alto medioevo al secolo XVII a confronto con l'oggi (Review), The Catholic Historical Review, vol. 85, issue 1, pg.58-9, ed. Zarri, Gabriella
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