Br. Charles Hilken, F.S.C

Br. Charles

Overview

Professional Overview: 

Currently teaching in the History Department and directing the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture, and Action.

Research projects:

A study of an eleventh-century chapter book, Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Codex Barberinianus latinus 421.

A study of the importance of the Chapter Room in the formation of identity of monks and nuns in the Middle Ages.

A chapter on Beneventan necrologies for a Companion to Beneventan Regional Studies, to be published by Brill.

Department: 
School of Liberal Arts » History
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Office
Galileo Hall - 317

Contact:
Phone: 925-631-4611
Fax: 925-377-0156
Email: chilken@stmarys-ca.edu
Mail: P.O. Box 4825

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.

Professional Experience

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:

  • Hill Museum and Manuscript Library Scholar. Nicky B. Carpenter Fellowship in Manuscript Studies (2017-2018)
  • Elected Research Fellow - Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada (2000)
  • Elected Research Fellow - Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada (1995)

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Early Medieval History
  • High and Later Middle Ages
  • History of the Europe in the Dark Ages
  • Interpreting the First Crusade
  • Proseminar: Crusade and Mission
  • Renaissance History
  • Warfare in the Middle Ages

Regularly Taught:

  • Collegiate Seminar
  • Early Medieval History
  • High and Later Middle Ages
  • Western Civilization

Service

Professional Organization:

  • American Catholic Historical Association
  • American Historical Association
  • California Historical Association
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East
  • Société Mabillon
  • APICES: Association paléographique internationale
  • Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio

Presentations

Selected Presentations

 

  • Liturgy, Law, and the Formation of Identity: A Study of the Medieval Chapter Room. paper, 53 International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 12, 2018)
  • Seeing the Spiritual in Tintoretto: A Dialogue with Jean-Paul Sartre, Charles Hilken, paper, 22nd Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Atlanta, Georgia (April, 2016)
  • The Beneventan Minuscule at the Crossroads of Monastic Reform, Charles Hilken, paper, 50th Annual International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan (May, 2015)
  • The Prehistory of Christine de Pizan's Concern for Non-Combatants in Warfare. Hilken, 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, 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. Charles Hilken,
    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.. Charles Hilken,
    American Catholic Historical Association
    (April 17, 2009)
  • A Fourteenth-Century Monastic Legal Dispute from Benevento.  Charles Hilken,
    Thirteenth International Medieval Canon Law Congress
    (August 04, 2008)
  • A Fourteenth-Century Monastic Legal Dispute from Benevento. Charles Hilken,
    American Catholic Historical Association
    (April 05, 2008)
  • Retracing Dante's Steps to the Eternity of Hell.  Charles Hilken
    13th Annual Conference of The Association for Core Texts and Courses
    (March 2007)
  • The Scribal Record of Prayer and Work in the Chapter Room.  Charles Hilken,
    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. Charles Hilken
    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. Charles Hilken,
    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. Charles Hilken
    10th Annual Conference of The Association for Core Texts and Courses
    (April 2004)
  • The Preservation of Names in Early Monastic Necrologies. Charles Hilken,
    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. Charles Hilken,
    38th International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan
    (May 2003)
  • Beneventan Minuscule on the Borderlands: Fragments of an Eleventh-Century Antiphonary at Zadar, Croatia. Charles Hilken,
    35th International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan
    (May 2000)
  • Understanding Hildegard: Text and Context, or Hildegard on Her Own Terms. Charles Hilken,)
    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. Charles Hilken,
    informal curriculum of the Collegiate Seminar Program at Saint Mary's College
    (November 1997)
  • Holiness Remembered: Saintly Monks, Holy "vitae", and Necrologies of Montecassino. Charles Hilken,
    32nd International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan
    (May 1997)
  • The Monastic Family: Dependents, Servants, Brothers and Sisters. Charles Hilken,
    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
    St. Mary's College
    (November 1996)
  • Greek Saints and Conventions in South Italian Chapter Books. Charles Hilken,
    International Medieval Congress, at Kalamazoo, Michigan
    sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America
    (May 1996)
  • South Italian Monastic Remembrances of the Dead. Charles Hilken,
    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". Charles Hilken,
    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, Charles 2018, Lectionarium Placentinum Temporale: Edition of a Twelfth-Century Lectionary for the Divine Office, vol. 1: Pars hiemalis, vol. 2: Pars aestiva. Brian Møller Jensen. Florence: SISMEL, Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2016. (Review) Speculum 93/3 (July 2018) 859-860.
  • Hilken, Charles 2017. Stiftsbibliothek und Kirchenschätz: Materielle Kultur in den Augustiner-Chorfrauenstiften Steterburg und Heiningen. Britta-Juliane Kruse. Wolfenbütteler Mittelalter-Studien 28. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2016 (Review) Renaissance Quarterly, 70/4 (Dec 2017) 1591 - 1592 .
  • Hilken, Charles. 2016. "An Anonymous Eleventh-Century Doctor of Charity: Additions to the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict." Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, Toronto, 5-11 August 2012. Monumenta Iuris Canonici, Series C, Subsidia, Volume 15. Edited Joseph Goering, Stephan Dusil, and Andreas Thier. Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2016. Pp. 553-572
  • Hilken, Charles. 2016. Löffler, Anette, and Björn Gebert, eds. Legitur in necrologio victorino: Studien zum Nekrolog der Abtei Saint-Viktor zu Paris. Corpus Victorinum: Instrumenta 7. (Review). The Medieval Review.
  • Hilken, Charles. 2016.  Anna Giulia Cavagna, La biblioteca di Alfonso II del Carretto tra Vienna e la Liguria nel XVI secolo. (Review) Renaissance Quarterly 69, 1 (March 2016), pp. 216-217.
  • Hilken, F.S.C., Brother Charles. 2015. "The Papacy in the Church and in the World." Rev. ed. Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art. Ed. Anne Kinsey, et al. San Antonio, Texas. Evergreen Exhibitions. Pp.

  • Hilken, Charles.  2015.  Carolyn Marino Malone and Clark Maines, eds. Consuetudines et Regulae. Sources for Monastic Life in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period.  (Review) Renaissance Quarterly 68, 4 (Winter, 2015), pp. 1447–1448.

  • Hilken, Charles.  2015.  With Jonathan Black and Richard Gyug, "Roger Edward Reynolds (1936-2014)."  Mediaeval Studies 76 (2014) VII-XXVII.
  • Hilken, Charles.  2015.  Rainer Berndt, S. J., ed. Eure Namen sind im Buch des Lebens Geschrieben: Antike und mittelalterliche Quellen als Grundlage moderner prosopographischer Forschung. Erudiri Sapientia, 11. Münster: Aschendorff Verlag, 2014 (Review).  The Medieval Review.
  • Hilken, Charles. 2013. Antonella Degli 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, 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. Erdö, Peter and Szuromi, Sz. Anzelm, 621-631. Vatican City: Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana.
  • Hilken, Charles. July 23, 2009. Tronzo, William, ed., St. Peter's in the Vatican (review)., The Medieval Review
  • Hilken, Charles. July 2008. Urkundenbuch des Zisterzienserklosters Altzelle, 1162-1249 (Review), The Catholic Historical Review, vol. 94, issue 3, pg.557-558
  • Hilken, 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, 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, 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.
  • Hilken, Charles, 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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Honors, Awards & Grants

Honors: 

Awarded the Nicky B. Carpenter Fellowship in Manuscript Studies, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, St. John's University, Minnesota, 2017-2018.

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

Interests

  • Medieval History
  • South Italian Medieval Monastic Culture
  • Paleography, especially of Beneventan Minuscule; Chapter Room and Chapter Room Libelli