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21 October, 3:00 pm, IU Cinema

Screening of “A Man for All Seasons” (1966) with an introduction by Robert Schneider(History Department)

We hope you will be able to join us for the second film in our fall film series on "Heretics, Revolutionaries, and Reformers"

Description: A Man for all Seasons dramatizes the final years of Thomas More, between 1529-1535, as he defies Henry VIII’s attempt to have him approve the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and take the Oath of Supremacy making the king the “Supreme Head of the Church of England.” Based on the award-wining play by Robert Bolt, who also wrote the screen play, the film won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Paul Scofield as Thomas More).

For more information, see the cinema website.

27 October, 3:00-6:00pm, Woodburn Hall 106


Have you ever wanted to try your hand at reading and transcribing medieval manuscripts? During this workshop, participants will work together to transcribe portions of a fifteenth-century manuscript including the Disticha catonis and the Historia de preliis in Middle English and Latin respectively. Participants are welcome (and encouraged) to transcribe whatever language best suits their research interests, and no previous experience with paleography is required, though it is helpful.

30 October, 7:00 pm, IU Cinema

Screening of “Luther” (1964) with an introduction by Constance Furey (Religious Studies)

We hope you will be able to join us for the third film in our fall film series on "Heretics, Revolutionaries, and Reformers"

For more information, see the cinema website.

Tuesday, Oct. 31: 6:00 pm, School of Global and International Studies, Auditorium (0001)

"THE REFORMATION AT 500: Luther, His Precursors, and Us"

Early evening roundtable on the day of the 500th anniversary for the onset of the Reformation. Panelists will include Constance Furey (Religious Studies), Shannon Gayk (English), Eric MacPhail (FRIT), Lyle McKee (Lutheran pastor), and Robert Schneider (History). The panel will be moderated by Sarah Van der Laan (Comparative Literature). Co-sponsored with Renaissance Studies.

Friday, November 10- Saturday, November 11, School of Global and International Studies, room 3134

"Representing Violence in Premodern Cultures: A Workshop"

A two-day workshop with visiting speakers Warren C. Brown (History, Caltech) and Mitchell Merback (Art History, Johns Hopkins) and local participants: Asma Afsaruddin (NELC), Asaad Alsaleh (NELC), Michael Ing (Religious Studies), Morten Oxenboell (EALC), and Nick Vogt (EALC). Additional details coming soon.

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Medieval Tapestry

The Medieval Studies Institute is a center for the study of medieval cultures from the fifth to the fifteenth centuries. Participating faculty are drawn from twenty academic departments at Indiana University.

The Institute administers area certificates and minors in Medieval Studies, coordinates an active schedule of events and colloquia open to the public, and promotes interdisciplinary work among the many Indiana faculty and students engaged in medieval studies.

Many Medieval Studies Institute students take advantage of opportunities to study abroad.

In addition to the interdisciplinary and archival courses offered by the Institute itself, a full schedule of medieval courses is offered in the participating academic departments. Approximately 65 medieval courses are offered at Indiana University each year, not including the many courses in language instruction and independent research that student medievalists frequently take.

Graduate students at Indiana can earn a Graduate Area Certificate or Ph.D. Minor in Medieval Studies. Undergraduates can pursue an Undergraduate Area Certificate or Medieval Minor. However, many students participate in medieval studies at Indiana without enrolling in any of these formal programs, either by taking courses or by attending some of the Institute's many activities.

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Journals Initiative

The Medieval Studies Institute houses an ongoing resource called the Journals Initiative which supports the publication of three journals relating to medieval studies: The Medieval Review, Textual Cultures: Texts, Contexts, Interpretation, and Exemplaria.



The Medieval Studies Institute

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Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
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Phone: (812) 855-8201
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