Professor Thomas Dale (Art History), with Professor Nandini Pandey (CANES), will participate for this Medieval Studies Brown-bag Research Colloquium. They will discuss research in progress and compare approaches to race and globalism in the Roman Empire and thirteenth-century Venice. Among the questions to be addressed are: How did these societies interact with and include diverse populations? How did they understand ethnic and racial difference? What are some visual and narrative ways they used to represent diversity, and what problems / questions do these raise? What do we learn by comparing / contrasting these two case studies and what are the ramifications for our understanding of race and globalization today?