Upcoming CMRS events


Helmerich School of Drama presents the medieval play "Everyman"

A Helmerich School of Drama student-directed production

Gilson Theatre, Old Science Hall

Performances: 7:30 p.m. April 26-29 and 3 p.m. April 30

Tickets: $5 at the door

Directed by Haley Pigman

The medieval play Everyman, by Peter van Diest, recounts the life and death of Everyman, an allegorical figure who represents all of humanity. The audience is taken on a journey with the characters as Everyman reflects on his past life.

Yearlong “Global Shakespeare Festival” will explore the Bard's continuing relevance and impact

Following up on the CMRS's highly successful role in the First Folio exhibit and events at Sam Noble Museum last January, the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616 will continue throughout the new academic year, in a program designed to emphasize the multiplicity and wide relevance of modern Shakespearean performance.

In each semester of AY 2016-17, the CMRS's "Global Shakespeare Festival" will present three events: a film of a Shakespeare play, in the original English; a film of a Shakespeare play, in a foreign language (with English captions); and a live performance featuring Drama students and professors exploring scenes from these and other plays. Each event will include discussion with the audience, led by professors.

All events will take place in Meacham Auditorium (Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave.) from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, and will be open without charge to university members and the public.

FALL 2016
Sept. 15: Richard Loncraine/Ian McKellen, Richard III (1995, English); with after-film discussion including Prof.
     Jamie Hart (History)
Oct. 20: Akira Kurosawa, Throne of Blood (1957, Japanese version of Macbeth); with after-film discussion
     including Prof. Man Fung Yip (Film and Media Studies)

Nov. 17: Drama professors and students performing/discussing scenes

Feb. 23: Ralph Fiennes, Coriolanus (2011, English); with after-film discussion
March 23: Sulayman al-Bassam, Al-Hamlet Summit (2004, Arabic); with after-film discussion including Prof.
      Mohammad Al Masri (International Area Studies / Modern Languages)

April 20: Drama professors and students performing/discussing scenes

Organizers: Profs. Joyce Coleman (CMRS and English), Su Fang Ng (English), Sara Coodin (Classics & Letters), and Alissa Mortimer and Tom Orr (Helmerich School of Drama). Funding has been generously provided by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Helmerich School of Drama, the Dept. of Classics & Letters, the English Dept., and Film & Media Studies.

Medieval Fair / CMRS Lecture Series, 2016-17

Here’s a run-down of the speakers and topics scheduled for AY 2016-17’s Medieval Fair / CMRS Lecture Series. All talks take place from 6:15 to 7:30 pm.

Sept. 9: Susan Havens Caldwell (Visual Arts, emerita) and Eugene Enrico (Musicology), "King Alfonso X of
     Spain and His Songs to the Virgin Mary: Las Cantigas de Santa María"

Sept. 30Alfred G. Striz (Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, emeritus): "Fortifications and Siege Warfare
     in the Middle Ages" (Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster)

Nov. 4: Theresa A. Vaughan (UCO Dept. of Humanities & Philosophy), "Medieval Meals: Food, Drink, and
     Gender" (Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster)

Dec. 2: Joseph M. Sullivan (Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics), "Walking the Camino de
     Santiago in 2015 and 2016, through a Professional Medievalist's Eyes" (Norman Public Library West)

Feb. 3: Emily Graham (OSU Dept. of History), "How St. Francis and the Franciscans Changed the Medieval
     World" (Norman Public Library West)

March 3: Margaret Gaida (History of Science), "Astrology from Damascus to Rome, 950-1520" (Norman
       Public Library West)

April 7: Joyce Coleman (English Dept.; CMRS), "J.R.R. Tolkien's Medieval Mythology" (Norman Public Library


The Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, a division of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, promotes the study of the period in Western history that saw the development of such major components of modern life as parliamentary democracy, the nation-state, English and other modern languages, printing, Islam, global exploration, heliocentric astronomy, romantic love--and the universities in which we research and teach all these subjects.Some thirty-five faculty at OU contribute to the study of these and many other facets of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
     Our newly revived Medieval & Renaissance Studies minor allows students to pursue an interdisciplinary study of literature, language, history, history of science, art, architecture, and religion, supported by visits to OU's Special Collections.
     By supporting our faculty and students, sponsoring brown-bag talks, and cosponsoring a free public lecture series with the Medieval Fair of Norman, OU’s Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies seeks to enrich the intellectual environment for medievalists and early modernists on campus and across the region. Other opportunities are in the works. Come join us!
     OU's CMRS was founded by Keith Busby, then of the university's Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department. Prof. Busby was succeeded by Luis Cortest, of the same department. Since 2013 the director has been Joyce Coleman (joyce.coleman@ou.edu), Bambas Professor of Medieval English Literature & Culture, English Department.