University of Wisconsin
President: Louise B. Robbert,
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Friday, October 16, 1987
Registration Table in Exhibition Gallery, The Wisconsin Center
Research in Progress
The Participation of Women in Genoese Commerce
Timothy M. THIBODEAU
Special UW Lecture
DINNER HOUR (On your own)
SOCIAL HOUR, with cash bar
Saturday, October 17, 1987
REGISTRATION & Continental Breakfast
9:30 Official Greeting
10:15 COFFEE BREAK (Exhibition Gallery)
Richard M. FRAHER
Katherine H. TACHAU
James M. MURRAY
3:15 COFFEE BREAK (Exhibition Gallery)
Joseph P. LYNCH
Mid-Year Update Letter
April 3, 1987
The Midwest Medieval History Conference (formerly known as the Midwest Medieval Conference) emerged from our October meeting in Cleveland with new organization and purpose. Thanks, Tom Blomquist, Ann Warren, Michael Altschul, Jim Brundage, and the rest of you for a delightful, well-organized meeting. We now move in a semi-annual rhythm, meeting in October at a midwest university and in May with a series of sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Encouraged by the enthusiasm of participants in 1986, we look forward again in 1987 to our two meetings.
The 1987 Kalamazoo series of sessions, ably organized for the MMHC by Skip Kay, will be entitled, "Resurgence of Medieval Political History." The centerpiece session will be a panel discussion involving professors Robert Benson and Barbara Hanawalt. We hope to see you there.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has invited the MMHC for October 16-17, 1987. John Barker, our good-natured arrangements chairman, has already arranged housing and meeting rooms in a university conference center on campus for this non-football weekend. This Madison meeting will be a homecoming for us medievalists who began our careers under the leadership of the Madison school of medievalists. Skip Kay is preparing the Saturday program of papers, which will include a major afternoon paper by Dr. Hilmar Krueger and a banquet address by Sylvia Thrupp. As part of the conference, the innovative Skip Kay also plans a Friday afternoon, October 16, session of brief 10-minute papers by graduate students. He solicits these graduate student papers; please send abstracts to Richard Kay, Department of History, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Ks. 66044. The deadline is 1 June. Any MMHC member wishing to comment on the student papers, should please write Skip Kay giving your field of expertise.
Our exchange of ideas at the relaxed MMHC meeting has cemented friendship and made the MMHC very worthwhile to those of us who attend. We encourage new members, also. Our secretary, Jack McGovern, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis., 53201, requests names of interested established medieval historians for his mailing list. Also, your young protégés on their first jobs, faculty of junior or community colleges, of religious schools, or medieval historians in business or libraries would all be welcome. We are not a closed association. To encourage attendance by graduate students, some of you might drive university fleet cars to our meeting, providing them with transportation.
In October we learned of the sudden death of MMHC past president and our friend, Don Sutherland of University of Iowa. A memorial prize fund is planned in his name. Further information will be forthcoming.
Planning for the 1988 sessions of the MMHC at Kalamazoo has already begun under the intelligent leadership of Ann K. Warren, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106. She suggests the theme, "Ecclesia et Mundus: From Religious Studies to Social History." Please send abstracts or ideas of 20-minute papers to her.
Copies of the humorous minutes of the Midwest Medieval Conference, written by Skip Kay and published as Twenty Minutes are still available from him for $5.00 plus postage.
I hope you continue to enjoy our meetings and that I can greet each of you personally there. May your writing be easy, your teaching be fun and flattering, and your future be bright.
Louis Buenger Robbert
Joseph Held was not able to make the conference. Professor Held was Dean of Liberal Arts at the Camden campus of Rutgers University and at this time the unionized faculty were threatening a strike.