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December 26, 2008

Trivia, week of 26 December 2008

In the 13th century, short pieces of Occitan prose were written as introductory pieces to poetry. These detailed the life of the troubadour or provided a preface to or commentary on the poem that followed. What were these two sorts of introductory pieces called?

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Answer: vidas and razos.

Old Norse and Middle High German Resources Online

Last year, Professor Anatoly Lieberman from the department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch created a website for the study of Old Norse with the help of graduate student Paul Peterson and gracious support from the UMN Language Center. That site is now available to those who are enrolled in the Old Norse course through the WebCT system.

This year he received another grant from the Center ($2,500) for the production a Middle High German website, which will be ready by mid-May. Congratulations to Professor Lieberman, and what great news for his students.

December 19, 2008

Trivia, week of 19 December 2008

In the medieval romance “The Youth of Alexander the Great,? Alexander has a troubling dream. In it, he is represented by an animal. What is that animal and what does it emerge from?

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Answer: A dragon which emerges from an egg.

CMS Sponsored Conference on Religion and Law in the Global Middle Ages

CMS will sponsor a conference on Religion and Law in the Global Middle Ages on October 23-24, 2009. More information will follow.

Kay Ryerson Elected as Fellow of Medieval Academy

Kay Reyerson, professor of History specializing in Medieval Europe, Mediterranean Europe, Medieval France, Social and economic history, Legal history, and World History, has been elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, a wonderful testament to her accomplishments. The Medieval Academy was founded in 1925 and is the largest and most prestigious association committed to the study of the medieval world.

Tom Gallanis Appointed to New Post

Tom Gallanis, Professor of Law and a member of the Core Faculty in Medieval Studies, has been named Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the Law School starting January 1. He will have a two year appointment there.

December 12, 2008

Trivia--Week of 12 December

Who was the Governor of Tripoli in 1565?

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Answer: Dragut or Turgut Reis.

December 10, 2008

Anglo-Saxon Mentalities

A colloquium by Antoinette Healey of the University of Toronto co-sponsored with the Celtic Studies Endowment, Department of English.

Paleography, Coidicology, and Pedagogy: The genesis of Introduction to Manuscript Studies

A talk co-sponsored by the Celtic Studies Endowment, Department of English.

Trivia--Week of 5 December

This week’s eNews trivia: what nation’s people invented the ‘traction trebuchet?’

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Answer: China! Winner of the contest this week: Steve Bivans.