Byzantinist Dr. Eric Ivison will be in conversation with historian Dr. Catherine Lavender about women in Byzantine Art and Religious Life on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 2:30pm online. Register for this CC CLUE event online.

This event, organized at the College of Staten Island/CUNY by Bertha Harris Women’s Center student intern Michael Plishchin, examines the ways in which women are represented in Byzantine religious art, and how that illustrates women’s roles.

Dr. Eric Ivison is Professor of History at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and a member of the doctoral faculty in History and Medieval Studies at The Graduate Center/CUNY. He specializes in Byzantine history and archaeology.

Dr. Catherine Lavender is Associate Professor of History at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, where she serves as Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and as Director of the Bertha Harris Women’s Center. She specializes in Women’s history and U.S. cultural history.

Drs. Ivison and Lavender will discuss a selection of images of women in Byzantine art in order to examine what they reveal about women’s lives in this fascinating historical period. This conversation will include a period of questions and discussion with audience members.

This event is sponsored by the Bertha Harris Women’s Center at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. The BHWC sponsors a number of student-organized events for CSI students and our community beyond the campus. Some of these events are in-person while others, like this event, are held online. For more information about the Women’s Center’s schedule of events, please email

By the Division of Academic Affairs