Annual Medieval Studies Secondary Schools Outreach Seminar
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.
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.
Below are the topics of past seminars, with links to event schedules (Adobe Reader needed to view).
2019: An Ancient & Medieval Miscellany
2018: Religion in Medieval Byzantium
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