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March 28, 2012

Mediterranean Exchange Workshop, Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30



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The Institute for Advanced Study's Mediterranean Collaborative at the University of Minnesota will be holding a two-day workshop on Mediterranean Exchange on March 29 and 30, 2012. The workshop keynote, "Tunisia in the Imperial Mediterranean at the Turn of the 20th Century," will be given by Mary Lewis, Professor of History at Harvard University, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. Please note, this corrects a typo that appeared in our recent E-News which gave the time of the keynote as 5:00 p.m. Friday's sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will feature discussions reaching from the sixth to the twentieth century by professors from the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, Macalester College, and St. John's University.

The Mediterranean collaborative has focused its research on the theme, "Mediterranean Identities." Identity is a much-contested analytic category. Despite the imprecision and ambiguity inherent in the construct, it allows for examination of hybridities and cultural translations that enrich our understanding of interactions and exchanges among peoples of the Mediterranean. This workshop permits us to expand our wide-ranging interdisciplinary and broad chronological explorations of this world with Minnesota scholars interested in the Mediterranean.

Visit the Collaborative webpage to see the full schedule and learn more about the workshop. All events will be held in 1210 Heller Hall.

March 26, 2012

Wrath of the Trivia

What Greek god did Zeus appoint as his heir, provoking jealousy among the Titans, who then painted their faces and distracted the young god with toys before dismembering and eating him?

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.

Kalamazoo 2012

The 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies will be held from May 10 to May 13 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Over thirty scholars from Minnesota colleges and universities will be taking part - check out our list of sessions featuring graduate students, professors, and alumni and let us know if we've missed anyone. If you would like to ride in the CMS van, please send an email to cmedst@umn.edu to let us know. Cost will be determined based on participation. The van will leave Minneapolis on Wednesday May 9, time TBD and will leave Kalamazoo after lunch on Sunday, May 13.

March 5, 2012

Trivia Carter, March 5, 2012

In alchemical tradition, what metal was associated with the planet Mars?

No one responded with the answer that we were looking for last week when asking about the "frost fairs" of London. The Old London bridge, which was pierced by nineteen small arches served as something of a barrier to the river and restricting water flow and dampening the impact of the tides. The addition of water wheels and other construction all served to make the river much more susceptible to freezing.

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.