The Austin College Medieval and Renaissance Week, scheduled for February 13-18, 2018, includes talks by faculty from the History, English, East Asian Studies, French, and Spanish departments covering issues that are relevant to research and teaching at the College.
Beginning Thursday, February 13, at 11:30 a.m., the first panel, “Reframing Medieval & Renaissance Studies: A Roundtable” will address debates over geographical boundaries and periods of time assigned to the medieval and early modern periods. Panelists include Elizabeth Terry-Roisin, visiting assistant professor of history; Tom Blake, assistant professor of English, and Mindy Landeck, assistant professor of East Asian studies. Blake will also moderate the panel.
The second panel titled, “Renaissance Literature,” at 4:30 p.m. will showcase individual research and focus exclusively on the European early modern period. Speakers include Lourdes Bueno, professor of Spanish; Stacey Battis, visiting assistant professor of French; and Alex Garganigo, associate professor of English. The discussion will be moderated by Elizabeth Terry-Roisin.
On Thursday, February 15, the third panel, titled “Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Women: Recovery and Representation,” is scheduled during the Austin College Johnson Center for Teaching lunch event beginning at 11:30 a.m. Max Grober will moderate the discussion which a focuses on pedagogy and is a tribute to the 100th anniversary of co-education at Austin College.
The final scheduled talk for the week will be given by guest speaker Dr. Daniel Melleno, assistant professor of medieval history at the University of Denver, who will talk on Vikings and the North Sea trade. His talk titled, “From Frankish Altars to Scottish Field: Trading, Raiding, and Gift-Giving in the Viking Age” begins at 4:30 p.m.
All events are in the Wright Campus Center, Room 231, and are free and open to the public. Medieval & Renaissance Week is sponsored by the departments of Art and Art history, Classical and Modern Languages, English, and Philosophy, as well as the Johnson Center and The Western Intellectual Tradition program.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.