MAA News – MAA 2020: Virtual Version

On March 9, we were compelled to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We made a decision, in consultation with the Program Committee and the MAA governance, to turn the meeting into a Zoom-based conference instead, to take place on the same dates as originally scheduled. After surveying participants, we hosted eleven sessions, the Presidential Plenary, the CARA Meeting, and the Business Meeting on March 27-29. The remaining sessions chose to cancel or to defer to 2021, and two plenarists chose to record their lectures and post them publicly on the MAA YouTube channel. President Ruth Mazo Karras’ Presidential Lecture was viewed by 180 attendees, and between 50-70 attended the concurrent sessions.

The revised program is on our website, where recordings of the most of the sessions can be viewed as well. We were all disappointed that we couldn’t greet and learn from each other in person, and we hope that we will be able to be together next year in Bloomington for MAA 2021. Until then, stay safe and be well.

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