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Medieval Studies Outreach Seminar

Annual Medieval Studies Secondary Schools Outreach Seminar

History

Beginning in 1998, the Medieval Studies Program at the University of Connecticut has offered an annual one-day outreach seminar for middle and high school teachers of History, English, and Social Studies. Previously offered with the College of Continuing Studies, as of 2004 we are working in conjunction with the Office of Educational Partnerships/Early College Experience Program at the University of Connecticut.

The program is always scheduled during the spring semester (late March/early April), and is held at the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut. The day begins with one hour of period music performed (during registration) by the Storrs Collegium Musicum, an early music group of UConn students, under the direction of Eric Rice. The format includes the presentation of four conference papers on a selected topic, given by UConn faculty in the Medieval Studies Program, and occasionally guest faculty from outside of the Program.

Past topics have included The Medieval Book, The Poor and the Idea of Poverty in Ancient and Medieval Society, Late Medieval Europe and the Black Death, Medieval Europe and the Vikings, The Crusades, Slavery, Serfdom, and Freedom in Medieval Europe, and Islam in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, with faculty from the Departments of Art, English, History, Modern and Classical Languages, Music and Philosophy participating.

More Information

While the seminar is open to the University community, on a drop-in basis, its intended audience is public school teachers seeking professional development, teachers seeking Connecticut Department of Education CEU’s, and ECE History instructors from any of the more than forty high schools in Connecticut who participate in the ECE program.

Any public school teacher wishing to register for this event is welcome to make copies from the current brochure shown on the website, fill in the registration information, and mail it in to the Early College Experience Office at the University of Connecticut.

Seminar Topics

Below are the topics of past seminars, with links to event schedules (Adobe Reader needed to view).

2017: The Significant Many

2016: The Medieval Monastery

2015: The Medieval Church

2014: The Bible

2013: Stories and Story-Tellers in the Middle Ages

2012: Robin Hood

2011: The Medieval Book

2010: Princes, Peasants, and the Powers that Be: Government and its Sources in the Middle Ages

2009: Charlemagne: History, Myth & Legend

2008: Medieval Landscapes: Sacred, Social & Natural Environments

2007: The City in Ancient and Medieval Societies

2006: The Poor and the Idea of Poverty in Ancient and Medieval Society

2004: War, Peace, and Toleration in the Ancient and Medieval World

2003: Slavery, Serfdom, and Freedom in Medieval Europe

2002: The Emergence of a World Religion: Islam in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

2001: Medieval Europe and the Vikings

2000: Medieval Europe and the Crusades

1999: Teaching King Arthur in the 90’s

1998: Late Medieval Europe and the Black Death