May 16, 2013

Congratulations to Jennifer Immich!

Jennifer Immich (Anthropology) has been awarded the Barry Prize by the American Society for Irish Medieval Studies (ASIMS). This is an annual prize awarded for the best conference paper on a subject of relevance to Irish Medieval Studies written by a graduate student. Jennifer's winning interdisciplinary paper is titled "Three Timber Castles: Modeling Landscape Siting with GIS." Please join us in congratulating Jennifer!

May 14, 2013

Barbara Weissberger awarded Luis Andrés Murillo Prize

Congratulations to Barbara Weissberger, Professor Emerita in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese! Her article "'Es de Lope': Child Martyrdom in Cervantes's Baños de Argel", published in the journal Cervantes, 32.2, (Fall 2012), was awarded the Luis Andrés Murillo Prize for best article of the year in that journal.

Graduate Student Fellowships

Ann Zimo (History) has been awarded the Social Science Research Council's International Dissertation Research Fellowship and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers' Multi-Country Research Fellowship. These will allow her to spend next year abroad completing research for her dissertation on the experience of the Muslim communities under crusader rule.

Amanda Taylor (English) has received the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for European Studies, Summer 2013 (Italian) and the English's department's Marcella DeBourg Fellowship, awarded to students whose work gives "creative expression to women's lives."

Congratulations to Ann and Amanda!

April 10, 2013

Kay Reyerson awarded Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award

Department of History professor and past CMS director Kay Reyerson has won the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies. A description of the award from the academy website:

"The Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who have provided leadership in developing, organizing, promoting, and sponsoring medieval studies through the extensive administrative work that is so crucial to the health of medieval studies but that often goes unrecognized by the profession at large."

Please join CMS in congratulating Kay for this well-deserved honor!

March 27, 2013

Kalamazoo 2013

The 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies will be held May 9-12, 2013 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Check out our list of sessions featuring Minnesota 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 to let us know. The van will leave Minnesota on Wednesday, May 8 and leave Kalamazoo after lunch on Sunday, May 12. Cost will be determined based on participation.

March 13, 2013

Mary Franklin-Brown awarded ACLA Levin Prize

Congratulations to Mary Franklin-Brown, Associate Professor in the Department of French and Italian! The American Comparative Literature Association has awarded the 2013 Harry Levin Prize to Professor Franklin-Brown for her book Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age (University of Chicago). The 2013 Levin prize distinguishes the best first book in comparative literature published in 2010-2012.

May 2, 2012

Grad Student Fellowships

Rachel Gibson (French and Italian) has been awarded a 2012 SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship. The fellowship will support a year of research abroad in Paris at the BNF, and in Venice at the Marciana Library and Venetian State Archives.

Basit Hammad Qureshi (History) has received the Bourse Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Embassy of France in the U.S. The fellowship will support a year of archival research at several departmental archives in central and western France as well as at the BNF in Paris.

Congratulations to them both!

April 3, 2012

Congratulations to Graduate Students - April 2012

There's lots of good news and congratulations to go around this week!

...To Liz Swedo (History), who will be spending next year as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wooster College!

...To Gabriel Hill (History), who successfully defended his dissertation!

...To Rachel Gibson (French and Italian), who will serve on the Medieval Academy of America's Graduate Student Committee for 2012 through 2014!

...And, to Jesse Izzo (History), who has received a Fulbright grant to work in Israel for the academic year 2012-2013! He'll be at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem working with Professor Reuven Amitai-Preiss on Mamluk/Mongol/Crusader relations in late 13th-c. Syria.

March 26, 2012

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 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 23, 2010

Erik Carlson awarded John Leyerle-CARA Prize

Erik Carlson, a fourth-year PhD student in English has won the John Leyerle-CARA Prize for Dissertation Research, a fellowship sponsored by The Medieval Academy of America. The fellowship only goes to one student in an international competition, and is for $1000.00 dollars to fund a research trip to use the collections at the University of Toronto. Erik will use the collections of Toronto's Dictionary of Old English project for research related to his dissertation on the emotion of fear in Anglo-Saxon literature and culture.

May 20, 2009

More Kudos to Medieval Graduate Students

Mona Burkett from the Department of History recently passed her MA exams. Chris Flack in English passed his PhD preliminary exams. Congratulations to you both!

May 13, 2009

Professor Noakes Named as Arts and Humanities Chair

Department of French and Italian Professor Susan Noakes has been named the first holder of the University of Minnesota Arts and Humanities Chair. This two-year award provides Susan with a research fund which she plans to use for the SCGMA (Scholarly Community for the Globalization of the “Middle Ages”) project.

For more information on the project, please see: the CMS website or SCGMA's site.

Many Congratulations to Medieval Students

Many of our Center for Medieval Studies minors have received fellowships, been awarded travel grants, passed preliminary examinations, or defended their dissertations in recent weeks. Congratulations to all of you!

--History graduate student Philip Grace has received a Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to complete his dissertation on fatherhood in late medieval Basel.
--History graduate student Tovah Bender successfully defended her dissertation, “Negotiating Marriage: Artisan Women in Fifteenth-Century Florentine Society.”
--History graduate students Gabriel Hill and Kevin Mummey passed their preliminary examinations.
--English Department graduate student Elissa Hansen was awarded CMS funding for travel to Waukesha, WI to study contemporary reading practices in the Order of Julian of Norwich.
--History graduate student Kevin Mummey was awarded funds to travel to Mallorca for archival work on his dissertation on women slaveholders in 14th century Mallorca.
--History grad student Tiffany Vann Sprecher received a grant for travel to Cambridge, MA to work with a manuscript of Jacques de Vitry’s sermons.
--French and Italian graduate student Rachel Gibson was awarded funds from CMS to travel to Rome this summer in order to pursue an advanced course in Italian.
--CMS has also awarded travel funding from the Carl Shepard Memorial Fund to Ashley Deering, an undergraduate at U of M Morris, to travel to the International Medieval Congress at Leeds to present her research on “Saving Faith in Languedoc: the Dominican Practice of Medieval ‘Doctors of Souls’.” She worked on this project as a UROP with Professor Stephen Martin.

April 22, 2009

Graduate Student in History Awarded FLAS

History graduate student David Crane will be studying Arabic at UCLA this summer, with the support of a FLAS grant.

Congratulations, David!

April 21, 2009

Critical Language Scholarship Awarded

Basit Qureshi has received a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the US Department of State. The scholarship fully funds a number of individuals to travel overseas during the summer in order to study what have been deemed critical need languages. From June 11th to August 9th, he will be studying intensive Arabic at the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), which is located in Cairo.

Yet More FLAS Awards

Ann Zimo, graduate student in the Department of History has received both a summer-term and year-long FLAS fellowship to study Arabic.

She plans to do her summer study in Chicago before returning to us in the Fall. Congratulations, Ann!

Ruth Karras Made Fellow of MAA

History Professor and CMS Director Ruth Karras was recently made a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.

MAA Fellows are scholars who have made notable contributions to the Academy's goals to "support research, publication and teaching in medieval art, archaeology, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, religion, science, social and economic institutions and all other aspects of the Middle Ages." There are only a maximum of 125 Fellows at any given time.

April 20, 2009

History Students Awarded GRPP

More kudos are in order for History Department graduate students Gabriel Hill and Tiffany vann Sprecher.

They've each been awarded a Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) grant. This CLA program encourages graduate students to partner with a faculty advisor on projects of shared interest. It provides Fellows with a summer stipend.

Graduate Medievalists Awarded FLAS Fellowships

Please join us in congratulating Don Swanbeck, from English and Rachel Gibson, from French and Italian on their reciept of FLAS Fellowships.

The FLAS supports a graduate language studies, with preference given to students who would like to study less-commonly taught languages and advanced work in more common languages.

Don applied to study Arabic, and won both the summer FLAS (to study a specific language only) and the school-year version (which comes with a full tuition waiver and stipend for the year). He hopes to apply the skills he learns to working with medieval Arabic romances.

Rachel won the summer FLAS, for advanced study in Italian and will be headed all the way to Rome to do so.

March 11, 2009

Stephen Martin and Steve Matthews appointed to the Graduate Faculty in Medieval Studies

The Center is pleased to welcome Professors Stephen Martin (French--Morris) and Steve Matthews (History--Duluth) to the Medieval Studies Graduate Faculty.

Professor Martin joined the faculty at Morris in 2007, becoming Assistant Professor in 2008, when he also received his PhD from the University of Virginia. He is at work on a digital edition of “Aucassin et Nicolete.” His areas of specialization are Old French, Paleography, Codicology, Editorial Theory, and Early Medieval Literature.

Professor Matthews is Assistant Professor of History at Duluth and was just named a McKnight-Land Grant Professor for 2009-2011. His book Theology and Science in the Thought of Francis Bacon was published by Ashgate in 2008. A number of his courses, including on the history of Christianity and the history of Science, cover the Middle Ages.

December 26, 2008

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

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.

November 20, 2008

UMN History PhD candidate Jeff Hartman

We would like to congratulate UMN History PhD candidate Jeff Hartman for receiving an award for best conference paper by a historian at the 98th Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (SASS) in Fairbanks, Alaska this past spring. His paper, “Deforestation and Driftwood: Icelandic timber imports in light of the archaeology of dwelling construction,? won the graduate student paper prize given by the Society for Historians of Scandinavia, and he received a cash award as well as a free lunch at the next conference. Jeff’s paper is also in the running for the Aurora Borealis Prize for best conference paper overall. Wish him good luck!