CARA News: Northern Illinois University

The Northern Illinois University Medieval Studies Concentration was recently the beneficiary of a generous endowment to support undergraduate programs related to Medieval Studies—the David L. Wagner Medieval Studies Fund. David L. Wagner is an emeritus professor of history and medieval studies at NIU, and students and faculty alike are grateful for his generosity. In 2016, we brought Professor Robert Berkhofer of Western Michigan University to campus to give the inaugural Wagner Lecture in Medieval Culture on “Forgery and Faith in the Liber Traditionum of St. Peter’s Ghent” and to meet with undergraduate students. In 2017, we co-sponsored two public lectures with the Department of History given by Professor Richard Payne of the University of Chicago (“Religion and Empire in Iran”) and Professor Jamie Kreiner of the University of Georgia (“Domesticating Pigs and People in the Early Middle Ages”). Since receiving the endowment we have been able to provide six undergraduate scholarships, to begin funding undergraduate travel for research and conferences, and to start an annual prize for the best Medieval Studies capstone project. You can find us on Facebook at:

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