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What’s New in the Middle Ages?

February 11, 2017 @ 9:15 am - 5:30 pm

The Medieval period of European history has been mischaracterized as an age of little innovation, while scholars who study the period are often portrayed as antiquarians poring over old texts without recourse to new research methods, tools, and perspectives.  This seminar will put these notions to rest by showing how novel approaches to scholarship of the Medieval Era are yielding new insights on the era and on our world today. Join art historian Caroline Bruzelius, religious studies scholar Jessica Boon, professor of English Taylor Cowdery, and historian Brett Whalen as they discuss how cutting-edge technologies, cognitive science, new approaches to  translations, and a willingness to find the “relevance” of the historically-distant Middle Ages to our world today are informing their research. This interdisciplinary seminar will not only change our perspectives on the age, but will give us insights into how scholars find the new in the seemingly familiar.


Old Poetry in New Words: How to Translate Chaucer
Taylor Cowdery, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Transforming Medieval: Digital Technologies and the Middle Ages
Caroline Bruzelius, Anne Murnick Cogan Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University

Mind, Body, and Soul in Medieval Christian Spirituality
Jessica Boon, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

The Medievalist as Public Historian
Brett Whalen, Associate Professor of History


9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017. The tuition is $125 ($110 by January 20). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by January 20). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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February 11, 2017
9:15 am - 5:30 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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