Unauthorized Study Guide

Classes starting soon! I am sure you all want to get started on some reading, right?! No worries, the Unauthorized Professor has put together a study guide with a few links...  About  Why study the Middle Ages? Great BooksRecommended ReadingOnline ResourcesThe Ivory Tower
For my continuing adventures as a conservative in academia, see MedievalGate. Just wait ‘til my colleagues get a load of this course!

Safe Spaces vs. Sacred Spaces and the Purpose of University Education

“Our students are going mad. We’ve brought them into a place where we systematically expose them to the terrors of existence,” so says Prof. Rachel Fulton Brown of the University of Chicago in this public presentation which took place in London, Ontario on May 3rd, 2019. Prof. Fulton Brown makes the claim that many students do not fully comprehend that the purpose of a University is not to provide a ‘safe space’ for them to hide away from any idea which might make them feel offended but to provide a ‘sacred’ place for them to ponder the more substantive questions in life – a place to answer not just the questions of What and How but the more important question of Why. —JustRightMedia Bonus: I tell the story of how I met Milo! And I answer some tough questions.
Talk based on “Safe Spaces vs. Sacred Spaces,” September 29, 2016; and “A few words of advice to Trigglypuff—and her teachers,” September 30, 2016.

For my continuing adventures as a conservative in academia, see MedievalGate.

For m…

Medieval History 101: The Unauthorized Version

Welcome to my Random Laypersons! Welcome to the VFM, welcome to the Dread Ilk, welcome to the Reprehensibles, welcome to the Unauthorized, and welcome to the Bears!

This is the History Course you have been waiting for! 
Or, rather, it will be, as soon as I get some feedback from you.

I was greatly encouraged when Vox asked you the other night about whether you would be interested in such a course and so many of you said, “Yes—as long as it is real history!”
As Fencing Bear would put it, “Three cheers!” 
We are thinking about having a video a week, starting this summer. 
The first question that I have is about format. What kind of format would make for a good course online? 
What I do not want is to have these videos simply be lectures, the canonical professor-talks-while-the-students-doze lectures you get in the movies before the professor starts encouraging the students to stand on their desks.  
I want, in fact, to make them real—in the sense of the kinds of discussion I would give my…

Bear Goes Solo!

My first solo podcast as a YouTuber! My guest is Joseph Dobrian, author of Willie Wilden, Ambitions, and Hard-Wired.

We talk about his new book Feldy’s Girl, a campus novel set in the late 1960s. Teresa Feldevert is the daughter of the football coach and a good Catholic girl who finds herself caught up in the campus politics of the late 1960s. How does she navigate being one of the boys in the midst of the sexual revolution, racial tensions, and campus protests against the Vietnam war?

My YouTube channel: Fencing Bear at Prayer.

Complete list of my podcast, radio, and video appearances: Bear On Air.

Rachel Fulton Brown 101

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Does Study of the Middle Ages Have a “White Supremacy” Problem?

I say, no! It has a Christianity problem. Let me explain...

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Three Cheers...for me!

Talking with Robert Vaughan of Just Right Media about the blog post that started it all and what it has been like for me cheering for white men—and Western civilization. Watch here.

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MedievalGate Makes the Headlines—and the Tweets!

The bears are so excited! We made the Sunday New York Times! Look, look, look! They are talking about us! Well, me—Fencing Bear! But Professor Rachel Fulton Brown gets a mention, too! And Milo! And Vox Day! (The relevant passage with better links.)
The idea of medieval studies as a haven for white nationalist ideas gained ground when Rachel Fulton Brown, an associate professor of medieval history at the University of Chicago, began feuding with Dorothy Kim, an assistant professor of medieval English literature at Brandeis, after Dr. Kim, writing on Facebook, highlighted an old blog post of Dr. Fulton Brown’s titled “Three Cheers for White Men,” calling it an example of “medievalists upholding white supremacy.”  Many scholars were outraged when Dr. Fulton Brown, in a riposteto Dr. Kim written a few weeks after Charlottesville, tagged the right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos, whose website then ran an article about the dispute. Last July Mr. Yiannopoulos followed up with a 16,000-word a…

On the Warpath with Our Lady

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Driving Home the Faith with Mary

Join me and Fr. Rob Jack of Sacred Heart Radio for a Lenten series on Mary and prayer!

March 7 On how Mary trains Christians to pray:

March 14 On why Mary loves hearing the Ave Maria and what it means to serve her:

March 21 On whether it is possible to praise Mary “too much” and how Mary helps us understand the mysteries of the Incarnation and Trinity:

April 4 On the Middle Ages as the great Age of Mary, the complexities of the Marian Office, what Mary knew, and what it means to describe her as the Immaculate Conception:

April 11 On the psalms and prayer as the source of understanding about God and Mary and why Mary has so many names:

April 17 On the fire in the cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris and what it teaches us about praying with Mary:

On the psalms in the Marian Office, see Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought(New York: Columbia University Press, 2017). 

On the Marian commentaries on the Song of Songs, seeFrom Judgment to Pass…

The God-Ridden Bigotry of the Globalist Monomyth

Over 200 people died today in Sri Lanka as victims of bomb blasts at three hotels and three churches.

It was Easter Sunday.

The President of Ireland posted a statement on the attacks:

“At a time of religious significance”? When the people killed were in church? Perhaps President Higgins had just been searching his iPad on Google and was confused about why the people were in church (sorry, “places of worship”). After all, Google (at least in its mobile mode) didn’t seem to know.

Or maybe, like myself, President Higgins was spending the weekend reading Joseph Campbell—that great source of religious wisdom behind so much of our modern myth-making (seeStar Wars).

I read this passage this morning right before going to church:
The recognition of the secondary nature of the personality of whatever deity is worshiped is characteristic of most of the traditions of the world. In Christianity, Mohammedanism, and Judaism, however, the personality of the divinity is taught to be final—which makes …