MAA News – MAA@Kzoo

Now that the International Congress on Medieval Studies is back to meeting in person (May 11-13), the Medieval Academy of America will be returning to Kalamazoo as well:

1) The Friday morning plenary, sponsored by the Academy, will be delivered by Thelma Thomas (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University): “Clothing the Angelic Life: The Desert Fathers on the Necessity of Clothing for Monks, Angels, and Adam” (Friday, May 12, 8:30 AM, Bernhard Ballroom). Two related sessions organized by Prof. Thomas will take place on Thursday at 3:30 PM (Session 133, Schneider 2335, hybrid format) and Friday at 1:30 PM (Session 253, virtual format).

2) On Thursday at 1:30 and 3:30 PM, the Graduate Student Committee is sponsoring a two-part workshop on “Careers Beyond the Academy” (Sessions 81 and 131). Both sessions will take place in Schneider Hall 1330 and in hybrid format.

3) The Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) is sponsoring two roundtables: Making Medieval I: The Experiential Pedagogy of Literature and the Arts (Friday, 10 AM, Session 189, Schneider Hall 2345 (hybrid)) and Making Medieval II: The Experiential Pedagogy of Bodies and Things (Friday, 1:30 PM, Session 208, Fetzer Center 1040/1050).

4) The annual CARA Luncheon is back! The luncheon will take place on Friday May 12 at noon (Bernhard, President’s Dining Room). This annual event is a forum for sharing ideas and best practices for supporting and growing medieval studies on campus and beyond We hope you will attend as a representative of your institution, center, program, or department. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required and space is limited to fifty attendees. Click here for more information and to register.

5) Finally, we invite you to visit our staffed table in the exhibit hall on Thursday or Friday to introduce yourself, transact any Medieval Academy business you may have, or pick up some chocolate to keep you going during those long afternoon sessions. As in the past, we will be giving away fifty free one-year memberships to new members, so spread the word!

See you at the ‘Zoo!

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