As the 2016-17 academic year winds up, here is an overview of all the CMRS-sponsored events of that very busy year:
o Global Shakespeare Festival: six events featuring films and live performance
Organizers: Su Fang Ng (English); Sara Coodin (Classics & Letters); Joyce Coleman (English; CMRS)
o Medieval Fair / CMRS Lecture Series: 7 talks aimed at a general audience on topics ranging from medieval siege warfare to J.R.R. Tolkien
Organizers: Ann Marie Eckart (Medieval Fair); Joe Sullivan (German); Joyce Coleman (English; CMRS)
o Science of Parchment Symposium, March 23: 4 speakers from humanities and science backgrounds discussing what new scientific techniques can reveal about medieval books. Speakers: Bill Endres (English); Christina Warinner (Biology); Bruce Holsinger (English, Univ. of Virginia); Matthew Collins (Bioarchaeology, Univ. of York)
Followed by a reception at Bizzell Library's Special Collections, including an exhibit of parchment items from the Collections and a tour of the Library’s Digitization Laboratory.
March 24: Brown bag led by Profs. Warinner and Collins: “The Archaeology of the Invisible: A Discussion and Guided Tour of OU’s Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology and Microbiome Research.”
Organizers: Jennifer Borland (Art History, OSU); Joyce Coleman (English; CMRS); Kathleen Crowther (History of Science)
o Shakespeare Birthday Party, April 25: “Shakespeare Bingo”; “How to Shakespeare” (in English grad students shared advice about how to read and enjoy the Bard); and “Impromptu Shakespeare,” in which undergrads were handed scripts for their roles, and launched into performances of scenes from A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew.
Organizers: Cortney Wilmering (English); Kim Thomas (Boomer Buzz). Participants: Kevin Aschenbach, Amanda Cuellar, Jason Lubinski, Whitney Whitaker, Cortney Wilmering (English); Sarah Wade (Renaissance Fair)
Next academic year, look forward to the launch of the CMRS's med/Ren survey course, MRS 3023, in which each class will be taught by a professor who's a specialist in the relevant area. As a Presidential Dream Course in its first run, the course will also host four invited speakers from other universities, who will teach classes and give public lectures. Announcements of the speakers and the subjects of their talks will go out in fall 2017.
The Medieval Fair / CMRS lectures will also be returning with a new lineup of varied and interesting speakers. Other plans are also underway, so stay tuned.