PLYMOUTH — More than 100 scholars will present their latest research on many aspects of medieval and Renaissance culture at the 35th annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, April 25 and 26 at Plymouth State University. Plymouth State's forum is the oldest conference of its type in New England.
The theme of this year's event is "Authors, Artists, Audiences." Registration and coffee begins at 8 a.m. Friday at Lamson Library and Learning Commons on Highland Street.
The Forum officially opens at 8:45 a.m. following a procession from Rounds Hall to the Hartman Union Building Fireplace Lounge. The traditional opening ceremony will include music by the Plymouth State University Chamber Singers, just back from Carnegie Hall; a welcome by forum Director Karolyn Kinane, an opening poem by Festival Poet Laureate Phil O'Mara with Kinane, and an audience singing of Gaudeamus Igitur.
Public concurrent sessions are held in Boyd Hall, Lamson Learning Commons and Rounds Hall throughout the day Friday and Saturday on topics such as "Orality and Historiography: The Power of the Spoken Word in the Middle Ages," "Women Empowered by God," "Early Medieval Aesthetics," "Understanding The Canterbury Tales," "Sacred Art" and "Early Medieval France." Several undergraduate student panels are also scheduled.
Friday morning sessions are 9:30–10:50 a.m. and 11:05 a.m.–12:25 p.m. and a chainmail workshop by the student Medieval Society is scheduled from 1:15–2:15 p.m. at a location to be announced.
Friday lunch will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Frost Commons off School Street, followed by additional concurrent sessions from 2:25–3:45 p.m.
This years Forum Keynote Speaker is Rebecca Krug, associate professor of English at the University of Minnesota, who specializes in late medieval English literature and culture. She will speak on "Margery Kemp and the Lonely Reader" at 4 p.m. Friday, in the Hage Room on the second floor of the Hartman Union Building.
Krug is the author of Reading Families: Women's Literate Practice in Late Medieval England, and a number of essays including pieces in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Culture and A Cultural History of Gardens in the Medieval Age. She is currently writing an essay about lunar gardening in the medieval and modern worlds and completing a book about Margery Kemp.
A reception follows from 5-6:15 p.m. at the same location. Dinner, for which tickets are required, will be at 6:30 p.m. in Frost Commons.
Saturday registration and coffee begin at 8:30 a.m. at Lamson Library and Learning Commons, followed by concurrent sessions from 9 a.m. –10:20 a.m. and 10:35–11:55 a.m. Lunch will be held in Frost Commons from noon–1:15 p.m. Afternoon sessions run from 1:30–2:50 p.m. and 3-4:20 p.m.
Information about the Forum is online at Plymouth.edu/medieval and on Facebook at Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum.