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December 22, 2011

Basit Qureshi and Ann Zimo in Jordan

Basit-Ann-Petra.jpgHistory graduate students Basit Hammad Qureshi and Ann Zimo have successfully completed a semester of study at the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan where they were able to focus on Classical Arabic grammar and texts. In their spare time, they individually made several trips around the Middle East in conjunction with their research touching on the crusades. They are pictured here on a recent pilgrimage to Petra, a locale more inspirational than relevant, but spectacular nonetheless. They both look forward to returning to Minnesota in January and rejoining the CMS community in the coming semester.

Mission: Trivia - Ghost Protocol, December 21, 2011

In M.R. James's "Twelve Medieval Ghost Stories" (English Historical Review XXXVII, 1922), a number of Latin texts from fifteenth century Yorkshire recount the encounters between everyday people and the spirits of the dead. In one, a female ghost is forced to wander after her death with cobwebs hanging in strands from her right hand. What had she done to deserve her fate?

Please send trivia responses by email to cmedst@umn.edu with Trivia in the subject line.

December 9, 2011

Spring 2012 Event Calendar

February

Farber.jpgTuesday, February 7
Lianna Farber, English, University of Minnesota
"Seeing is Believing: Rational Responses to Evidence in Medieval England"

Friday, February 10
Adam Kosto, History, Columbia University
"Medieval Hostages, Contract Theory, and the History of International Law"
Cosponsored with the Legal History Workshop. Contact Meghan Schwartz at schwa859@umn.edu for a precirculated paper.
12:15-2:10 p.m., 55 Mondale Hall

France-Milan.jpgTuesday, February 14

John France, History, Swansea University
"Thirty Years of War: Warfare in the Plain of the Po 1189-1220"

March

03-06-Dubois.jpgTuesday, March 6
Tom DuBois, Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"Örvar Odds Saga and Dilemmas of Context"

Tuesday, March 27
Rubin.jpgMiri Rubin, History, Queen Mary, University of London
"The Boy, the Uncle, the Jews and the Monk: Norwich 1144 and Its Afterlives"

April

04-03-Dale.jpgTuesday, April 3
Thomas Dale, Art History, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"Romanesque Sculpture, The Senses and Religious Experience"

Tuesday, April 24
Jimmy Schryver, Art History, University of Minnesota - Morris
"Medieval Kings and Symbolic Landscapes in Western Ireland"

Wednesday, April 25
Catharina Peersman, Linguistics, Katholieke Universitiet-Leuven
Constructing Identity: Language and identity in the 14th-Century Narration of the Franco-Flemish Conflict
12:00 p.m., 1210A Heller Hall

May

Tuesday, May 1
Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson, History, University of Minnesota - Duluth
"Hasaniya's Treatise: Shi'ism, Popular Narrative, and Public Performance in the Early Safavid Period"

December 8, 2011

Tinker Tailor Soldier Trivia, December 5, 2011

What are the origins of the word "kinky," and why is it derogative?

Congratulations to Grant Hermanson, who was the sole correct respondent to last week's rather enigmatic trivia challenge. In 1896, George Wood, who along with Orin Sands and Mark Taylor owned a Boston-based flour company, attended a performance of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. They introduced "King Arthur Flour" later that year, and it became the flagship brand for Sands, Taylor, and Wood. The company was renamed King Arthur Flour in 1996.

Please send trivia responses by email to cmedst@umn.edu with Trivia in the subject line. Trivia winners can arrange to pick up a CMS mug or stationery set by sending us an email or visiting our office in 1030 Heller Hall. Also feel free to send ideas for future trivia questions.

December 2, 2011

Arthur Trivia, November 28, 2011

After seeing and being impressed by Camelot, at what point did Sir Orin, Sir George, and Sir Mark band together to form their own Round Table out of wood and sand with the help of a taylor?

Congratulations to Basit Qureshi, who was randomly chosen from several correct answers as last week's trivia winner. The Carpathians, Καρπάτῆς όρος, can be found in the modern nations of Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland.

Please send trivia responses by email to cmedst@umn.edu with Trivia in the subject line. Trivia winners can arrange to pick up a CMS mug or stationery set by sending us an email or visiting our office in 1030 Heller Hall.