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April 26, 2010

Dr. Trivia - Week of April 19 and 26

What is the oldest known existing stone representation of a winged Christian angel?

No attempt was made to answer last week's trivia question, so I'll allow it to stand for one more week. For a hint, I'll add that the representation comes from the fourth century.

Please send trivia responses by email to umn.cms.trivia@gmail.com.

Medieval Studies Year End Picnic

Our traditional end of semester picnic will be held immediately following Professor Liberman's talk. All are free to join us for good food, beer, and wine!

April 16, 2010

Medieval Colloquium, Tuesday, April 27, 4:00 p.m.

04-27-10-Odin.jpgAnatoly Liberman, professor of German, Scandinavian and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, will speak to us on the topic of "Who was Odin, and Why Did People Fear Him?" Prof. Liberman has published widely across the spectrum of Germanic linguistics, but his primary interest has been the history of English words. His many works include the recent publication of a popular book for lay readers entitled Word Origins... and How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone (2005), as well as An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology (2008), and A Bibliography of English Etymology (2009).

Kick-Trivia: Week of April 16

According to Paul the Deacon's History of the Lombards, how did the noble daughters of the treacherous Romilda of the Langobards manage to escape from the lust of the invading Avars?

Please send trivia responses (or ideas for future questions) by email to umn.cms.trivia@gmail.com.

April 6, 2010

Medieval Colloquium, Tuesday, April 13, 4:00 p.m.

04-13-10-Waters.jpgClaire Waters, professor of English at the University of California - Davis, will speak to us about "Loving Teaching: Status, Exchange and Translation in 13th c. Didactic Poetry." She studies late-medieval literature and culture, with particular interests in saints' lives, preaching, Chaucer, manuscript culture and the Old French fabliaux. She is a member of the editorial board of the Broadview Anthology of British Literature. Her recent work includes Virgins and Scholars: A Fifteenth-Century Compilation of the Lives of John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Jerome, and Katherine of Alexandria (2008), "The Labor of Aedificatio and the Business of Preaching in the Thirteenth Century" (2007), and Angels and Earthly Creatures: Preaching, Performance, and Gender in the Later Middle Ages (2004).