Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Middle Eastern Studies Announce Fall Colloquium Series
The programs in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Middle Eastern Studies are happy to announce the schedule for the Fall Colloquium Series. The MRST-MEST colloquium brings together scholars from our campus community and from other universities in order to enjoy a presentation and discussion of new scholarship. The topics range widely in date, from 500 to 1700, and cover the premodern Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. Anyone with an interest is warmly invited.
The event is free an open to the public. Lunch will be provided.
Each presentation is on a Wednesday, and the schedule for the fall is below:
- Sept. 11 – 11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. – Seventh Floor Kimpel "Library"
Joshua Byron Smith, University of Arkansas, "Fictional Old Books from The British Isles"
- Sept. 25 – 11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. – Seventh Floor Kimpel "Library"
Ann Adams, University of Arkansas, "Elis Gruffydd and Medieval Welsh Nationhood"
- Oct. 9 – 11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. – Old Main 412
Baris Basturk, University of Arkansas, "Eşrefoğlu Rumi: An Ottoman Sufi Between 'High' and 'Popular' Islam"
- Oct. 23 – 11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. – Old Main 412
Patrick Wadden, Belmont Abbey College, "Irish and European: Exploring Identities in Early Medieval Ireland"
- Nov. 6 – 5-6:30 p.m. – Gearheart Hall 026
Valerio Cappozza, University of Mississippi, "Dante and the Arab World"
- Nov. 20 – 11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. – Old Main 412
Shawn Austin, University of Arkansas, "Indios Fronterizos and the Spanish-Guaraní Militias in Seventeenth-Century South America."
- Dec. 4 – 11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. – Old Main 412
Arwen Taylor, Arkansas Tech, title TBA
Joshua Byron Smith, associate professor
Department of English
Jessica Mathis, a graduate student in biological anthropology, will lecture on bioarcheological applications in cultural resource management at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Discovery Hall 505.
Tomika Ferguson of Virginia Commonwealth University will present two lectures on Oct. 1, one on black women student-athletes and a second on safe spaces and visibility in the classroom.
Nearly 50 students — licensed practical nurses — from across Arkansas and beyond enrolled in the inaugural class to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing through online instruction.
Lori Birrell has been appointed associate dean for Special Collections, and Joel Thornton has been appointed interim associate dean for Research and Learning.
Evan Michelson, program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will discuss philanthropic support for research from 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in room 504 of the Arkansas Union.