Schedule

The two-day event includes sessions on this year’s theme “The Secular Realm in the Age of Faith.” The theme relates to the private and public spheres of life in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Europe where the profane, the quotidian, romantic, and religious intersect. Romantic ideals and earthy realities coexisted in the Medieval and Renaissance world—Are there boundaries? Papers are not confined to the topic, but cover many aspects of Medieval and Renaissance life both secular and religious drawing from the intersecting spheres of literature, theater, art history and music, as examples. New approaches to interdisciplinary studies are welcome.

A forum tradition, the festival opens at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, with a gathering (with students in period garb) at the HUB Fireplace Lounge beginning with a procession followed by opening ceremonies that feature a reading from Chaucer’s General Prologue and a poem by our poet laureate. President Sara Jayne Steen will deliver a formal welcoming to all. The Opening ceremonies conclude with the traditional singing of Gaudeamus Igitur.

Friday, April 25th

8:30 a.m. Registration, 1st Floor Rounds

  • Registration available until 9:20, then during sessions throughout the day
  • Coffee, refreshments, and vendors are located in Rounds 103

9:30 a.m.   Opening Ceremony

(Hartman Student Union Building- Fire Place Lounge)

  • Procession in Academic Regalia or Medieval/Renaissance Inspired Garb, with Dr. Naomi Kline, Forum Director, Professor of Art History, Plymouth State University; Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Forum Coordinator, Assistant Professor of English; the Medieval Society of Plymouth State University, and more.
  • Reading from Chaucer’s General Prologue by Prof. A. Robin Bowers, Professor of English, Emeritus, Plymouth State University
  • Formal Opening and Welcome by Dr. Sara Jayne Steen, Plymouth State University President and Dr. Naomi Kline, Forum Director, Professor of Art History, Plymouth State University
  • Opening Poem by Prof. Philip F. O’Mara and Mr. Scott Chico, Bridgewater College
  • Gaudeamus Igitur – all join in!

10:10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Chaucer I:
    Rounds 107
    Moderator:  Dr. Kimberly Thompson Macuare Clayton State University

    • Dr. Brian Campbell “Chaucer, The Three Eagles, and the Desire to Please in The Parliament of Fowls” Emeritus, Vanier College
    • Dr. Lisa LeBlanc “Blurred Visions of Public and Private Realms” Anne Maria College
    • Prof. Thomas Napierkowksi “Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale and Scholastic Theories of Authorship, Anglo-Saxon” University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Art History I: Significant Spaces
    Rounds 203
    Moderator: Dr. Carl Grindley Hostos Community College

    • Prof. Anne Harris “Looking In: Spectatorship, Voyeurism and Other Ways of Seeing the Sacred and the Secular in the Roman de la Rose, Douce 195” DePauw University
    • Mr. Jasper Van Putten “Kaleidoscope of Microcosmi: Use and Representation in Annibal Caro’s Art Collection” University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Dr. Donald Hochstetler “Rhetoricians in Peace and War: The Netherlands Chambers of Rhetoric as Institutions of Secular Expression in An Age of Faith” Worcester State College
  • Women I: Marriage and Household
    Rounds 303
    Moderator: Dr. Bonnie Epstein Plymouth State University

    • Ms. Sharon Teague “Private Act/ Public Document: Marriage Reflected in the Wills of Husbands and Wives” Bryant University
    • Dr. Jan Marie Evans “Creating a Sacred Space: Marriage as Sacrament” Anne Maria College
    • Ms. Alice Cooley “The Female Household in the Lais of Marie de France” Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
  • British and Scandinavian literature/religion
    Prof. John Sexton: Bridgewater College
  • Religion and Morality in Early Modern Literature
    Rounds 322
    Moderator: Meredith Clermont-Ferrand Eastern Connecticut State University

    • Dr. Vanita Neelakanta , “Under Heaven’s Eye: Comus as Theatrum MundiRider University
    • Dr. Robert Kellerman “The Penitential Moment in George Herbert’s The Temple” University of Maine at Augusta

Noon – 2 p.m. – Friday Luncheon & Keynote Address

(Hartman Student Union Building—Multi Purpose Room)
Those without tickets for the luncheon may join us for the Keynote Address at 12:45 p.m.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Frédéric Billiet, Professeur des Universités and Director de l’UFR de Musique et Musicologie de Paris IV-Sorbonne, will present a talk entitled “Some Sounds for Silence: Music to Illustrate Sculptured Scenes in Medieval Choir Stalls.” Tickets are required for the luncheon, but limited public seating will also be available for the address.

Dr. Frédéric Billiet, holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Music from the Sorbonne, Paris. He specializes in music of the fifteenth century and has combined his study of music with the iconography of music on medieval choir stalls. His publications include the book Les stalles de Rouen, Rouen, Publications de l’Université de Rouen, 2002. He has written numerous articles and edited Bible de bois du Moyen Age, Actes du colloque d’Angers, Angers, Les éditions de l’UCO, 2002. He is presently working with Brepols Publishers on a number of books on the subject of musical iconography. As a scholar of the early music of Picardy, he has produced the catalogue of the musical collection of the Choir School St. Evode of the Cathedral of Rouen and directed and produced the music CD featuring the ensemble “Les Ménestriers Picards” performing early music of Picardy.

2:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

  • Arthuriana I: The Grail
    Rounds 104
    Moderator: Dr. Roberta Staples Sacred Heart University

    • Dr. Peter Schwartz “Malory’s Grail Quest: From Romance to Ritual.” Elmira College
    • Prof. Ann McCullough “Sacred Questions: Judaic Influence in Chrétien de Troyes’ Conte du Graal” Virginia Tech
    • Ms. Leigh Elion “In a Grotta Da Vida, Baby: Trevrizent’s Cave as a Place of Re-Birth in Wolfram’s ParzivalBoston College
  • Shakespeare I
    Rounds 107
    Moderator: Prof. Elizabeth Patton Johns Hopkins University

    • Prof. Christa Mahalik “Background Noise and Uncertainties: Nightmares, Blood, and Sexual Being in the World of Lady Macbeth” Quinnipiac University
    • Dr. William Marx “‘What’s in a Name?’: Black Will Slaughter and the Dramatization of Richard III’s Murder of the Boy Princes” Michigan State University
    • Ms. Danielle Tovsen “Send Ophelia to a Nunnery: A Cultural Perspective” Seton Hall University
  • Women II: Women in Early Medieval Popular Religion
    Rounds 124
    Moderator: Prof. Claire-Marie Hart North Shore Community College

    • Prof. Vincent Corrigan “Juliana’s Office: The Corpus Christi Service” Bowling Green State University
    • Prof. Barbara Walters “Liturgist for the Secular Church: Juliana of Mont Cornillon” The City University of New York
    • Ms. Ivy Page “The Unveiling of a Virgin: Saint Christina Mirabilis’ Life as a Demoniac” New England College
  • Bodies and Identities I: Sexuality
    Rounds 303
    Moderator: Dr. Rebecca Noel Plymouth State University

    • Dr. Raymond Eichmann “The ‘Priestess’ in the French Fabliaux” University of Arkansas
    • Dr. Roberta Milliken “Women’s Glory, Women’s Wickedness: Hair as Symbol in the Writings of the Church Fathers” Shawnee State University
    • Ms. Elena Gonzalez-Blanco “The Claim of the Secular Topics in the Age of Faith: Romance Goliardic Poetry” Harvard University
  • Historical Romances
    Rounds 322
    Moderator: Ms. Jolanta Komornicka Boston University

    • Ms. Rachel Kapelle “Angels and Ermines Guy of Warwick’s Dreams” Brandeis University
    • Dr. Raul Ariza Barile “Fictional Temporality, Historical Time, and Authorial Present in King Horn” Dartmouth College
    • Dr. Irene Gnarra “Two Cases of Love Madness in the 12th Century: Layla with the Madman and Yvain with the Lion.” Kean University
  • Live Chess Match
    (Alumni Green—In Front of the HUB)
    Sponsored by the Medieval Society of Plymouth State University
    (MEDSOC) – Join the excitement!

4 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

  • Rabelais: Gender and Genre
    Rounds 104
    Moderator: Dr. Roberta Milliken Shawnee State University

    • Dr. Meredith Clermont-Ferrand “Rabelais, Gargantua, Pantagruel: Utopia as Extra Textual Place” Eastern Connecticut State University
    • Dr. Rosa Alvarez Perez “The Workings of Desire: Punurge and the Dogs” Bryant University
  • Medieval Drama
    Rounds 107
    Moderator: Dr. Robert Kellerman University of Maine at Augusta

    • Dr. Andrea Harbin “Virgin’s End: The Suppression of the Marion Pageants of the York Corpus Christi Play” George Mason University
    • Mr. John Tompkins “She Holds the Stage Alone: The Person of the Grieving Mother in the Chester Gouldsmythes Playe” Purdue University
    • Ms. Tanya Anderson Hooper “The Devil’s Playthings: Diabolic Occupations in the Medieval Mystery Cycles”University of North Texas
  • Bodies and Identities II: Marking Status
    Rounds 124
    Moderator: Ms. Jo-Ann Guilmett Plymouth State University

    • Ms. Tanya Stone “Living in a Material World: Bourgeoisie Motifs in “The Book of Margery Kempe””
    • Ms. Heidi Febert “Adorning All: Women and Metal Dress Accessories in Late Medieval England” Fordham University
    • Dr. Kimberly Thompson Macuare “Through the Eye of a Needle: St. Alexius Perfection and Poverty” Clayton State University
  • Art History II: The Profane and Religious
    Rounds 303
    Moderator: Dr. Robin O’Bryan Harrisburg Area Community College

    • Ms. Lisa Mayer “Reformation and the Artist: Sacred and Profane Images in the Art of Pieter Bruegel”Minnesota State University
    • Dr. Elaine Block “The Stalls at Gaillon: Their Restoration” Misericordia International
    • Dr. Paulette Barton “The Green Man and His Role in the Choir” University of Maine
  • Theology, Science, Behavior
    Rounds 322
    Moderator: Dr. Robin Gower Georgian Court University

    • Dr. Peter Ellard “The Role of Science in the Age of Faith: The Early Twelfth Century” Siena College
    • Prof. Montague Brown “Time and History in Augustine” Saint Anselm College
    • Prof. Robert Sullivan “Hildegard of Bingen and Secular Ethics in the 12th-Century Holy Roman Empire” University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Longbow Archery Demonstration
    (Field House—Across the River from Main Campus)
    Sponsored by the Medieval Society of Plymouth State University (MEDSOC)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.—President’s Reception

President’s House
Dr. Sara Jayne Steen, 14th President of Plymouth State University, generously welcomes participants of the conference to the President’s House for hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.—Friday Dinner & Dance

Heritage Commons, Samuel Reed Hall Residence Hall
Dinner will be accompanied by a performance of Renaissance dance in period costume, presented by the Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company with musicians John Tyson (recorders, pipe & tabor), and Douglas Freundlich (lute). The four dancers will also offer instruction in several simple French renaissance dances for audience participation.

8 p.m. – Doors open to all Plymouth State University students to join us for the dance. (No Tickets Required)

The Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company, founded in Boston in 1987, has received high praise for its performances of historical dance reconstructions and original choreographies in late Renaissance, Baroque, and early 19th-century dance styles. Credits include appearances with the Toronto Consort, Tafelmusik, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Clarion Music Society, the Ensemble for Early Music, Pomerium Musices, Concerto Palatino, the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble, The King’s Noyse, the Boston Museum Trio, Charivary, Benefit Street, and many others among the Boston area’s distinguished musicians and ensembles. The company has appeared at the Bard Festival, the Holland Early Music Festival (Utrecht), and the Boston Early Music Festival and company members have performed at early music festivals from Vancouver to Copenhagen.

Saturday April 26th

8:30 a.m. Registration, 1st Floor Rounds

  • Registration available until 9:20, then during sessions throughout the day
  • Coffee, refreshments, and vendors are located in Rounds 103

9:30 – 11 a.m.

  • Roundtable discussion: Teaching the Literature Surveys.
    Rounds 322
    Participants:

    • Dr. Meriem Pagès Keene State College
    • Dr. Carl Grindley Hostos Community College, CUNY
    • Dr. Ann McClellan Plymouth State University
    • Dr. Robin DeRosa Plymouth State University
    • Dr. Karolyn Kinane Plymouth State University
    • Dr. Meredith Clermont-Ferrand Eastern Connecticut University

    Rather than discussing tricks and techniques we use in our courses, we invite you to join a
    discussion about the following points:

    1. What are some of the best ways to teach literary history to students (perhaps alternatives to surveys)? What are some of the short comings of current methods?
    2. Do the current typical divisions of survey classes (i.e. American Literature I & II, British Literature I & II) make sense? Do these divisions assume and create similarities (i.e. between British lit and American Lit; between the 20th C. and the 16th C; etc.) where there are significant differences?
    3. How do we teach the canon without reinscribing the canon?
  • Shakespeare II: Undergraduate Papers
    Rounds 303
    Moderator: Mr. Scott Chico Bridgewater College

    • Ms. Jennifer Greenholt “Trumpet to a Red-Look’d Anger: Paulina’s Courtly Speech in The Winter’s Tale” Bridgewater College
    • Mr. Micah Schultz “Where is Thy Sting: A Lesson in Household Kates from The Taming of The Shrew” Bridgewater College
    • Ms. Rachel Doria “A Witty Fool Indeed: An Examination off the Fool’s Differentiated Role in Shakespearean Tragedy and Comedy” Bridgewater College
    • Mr. Kevin McDonald “Autolycus as Almost Loveble Scoundrel” Bridgewater College
  • Women III: Marian Devotion
    Rounds 204
    Moderator: Dr. Whitney Howarth Plymouth State University

    • Prof. Suzanne Paquette “Marian Devotion and Secular Composition: Representation and Spiritual Conversion in Gautier de Coinci’s Miracles de Nostra Dame” University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
    • Dr. Nicholas Ealy “Secular and Sacred Love: The Virgin as Poetic Domna in the Songs of Holy Mary” University of Hartford
    • Dr. Patrick Bayens “Mary: Ethiopian Ark” Concordia College
  • Art History III: Pilgrimage/Crusade/ East-West
    Rounds 107
    Moderator: Prof. Ann Harris DePauw University

    • Dr. Heather Hill-Vasquez “Mapping the Spiritual in a Physical World: Pilgrimage and the Medieval Drama” University of Detroit Mercy
    • Ms. Hazel Antaramian-Hofman “Implications of the Secular Idiom of the Isolated Miniature Leaf of the Family Portrait of Medieval Christian King Gagik-Abas of Kars, Queen Goranduxt, and Princess Marem” California State University, Fresno
    • Ms. Jennifer Jordan “Prester John and the Crusader Imagination” New York University
  • Literary Influence
    Rounds 203
    Moderator: Dr. Peter Schwartz Elmira College

    • Mr. Jason Cash “Dante and Shakespeare as Animals on Show: Medieval Influence and Post-Colonial Sentiment in Yeats, ‘The Circus Animals’ Desertion’” Rutgers University
    • Mr. Christopher Riley “A Transcultural ‘Cuchulian’” Elmira College
    • Mr. Andrew L. Pearson “Literary Influences on Dante’s Use of Fear in the ‘Commedia’” Bridgewater College
  • Chainmail Workshop
    Sponsored by The Medieval Society of Plymouth State University

    • Learn the basic techniques for chainmail just for fun or create juggling balls, armor, or jewelry. Materials available at the workshop. Students will be selling their chainmail wares throughout the Forum in Rounds 103.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday Luncheon

Hartman Student Union Building—Multi Purpose Room
Tickets are required for the luncheon.

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

  • Chaucer II Influence
    Rounds 104
    Moderator: Prof. Thomas Napierkowksi University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

    • Mr. Joshua O’Donnell “Chaucer and Postmodern Irony” Bridgewater College
    • Prof. Claire-Marie Hart “The Humanist and the Purist: Chaucer Follows Dante” North Shore Community College
  • Shakespeare III
    Rounds 107
    Moderator: Dr. Meriem Pagès Keene State College

    • Ms. Jennifer Payne “The Male Scold as Almost Wise: Berowne in Love’s Labor’s Lost” Bridgewater College
    • Prof. Flo Keyes “Beyond Words: The Effects of Various Final Tableaux in Performances of The Merchant of Venice” Castleton State College
    • Dr. Scott Suter “Slinging Arrows of Outrageous Fortune: The Humor of Shakespearian Tragedy” Bridgewater College
  • Arthuriana II: Malory
    Rounds 206
    Moderator: Dr. Ann McClellan Plymouth State University

    • Prof. James Slocombe “Merlin: A Sage for the Age” Center for Medieval Studies
    • Dr. Carl Martin “Bawdy of the Grece and Talow: Food, Consumption, and Aristocracy in Malory’s Tale of Sir Gareth”
    • Dr. Gary LaPointe Elmira College
  • Bodies and Identities III:
    Rounds 204
    Moderator: Dr. Robin Bowers Plymouth State University

    • Ms. Ashley Brookner Bender “Corporeal Props on the Renaissance Stage”
    • Ms. Laura Dobrynin “The Spectacle of the Violated in Renaissance Tuscany: The Sermons of San Bernardino and the Lives of Saints”
    • Ms. Zuzana Statsna “The Idea of Aging in Early Modern England, 1520s–1620s”
  • Medieval Church and State
    Rounds 322
    Moderator: Dr. Donald Hochstetler Worcester State College

    • Ms. Jolanta Komornicka “An Arbitrary Feud: Honour, Shame Culture in Gregory of Tours’ History of the Franks” Boston University
    • Dr. Kate McGrath “Restraining Royal Rage: The Noble Counsel in Expressions of Royal Anger in Anglo-Norman Historical Narratives” Central Connecticut State University
    • Dr. Robin Gower “Joan of Arc: Human and Divine Inspirations for Her Mission” Georgian Court University
  • Anglo Saxon Studies
    Rounds 203
    Moderator: Prof. Carl Grindley The City University of New York

    • Dr. Jerome Denno “Master Slave and Desire in the Anglo-Saxon Plow Riddle” Nazareth College
    • Mr. Nicholas Schwartz “Wergild: An Anglo-Saxon Dilemma” Elmira College
    • Prof. James Anderson “The Sins of the Flesh Cast in Stone: Portal Sculpture of St. Marien-Kirche, Norderbrarup” University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Celtic Art Workshop
    Rounds 303
    Mr. Arthur Ketchen Montserrat College of Art
    “Late Celtic: Celtic motifs in Highland Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Cornwall from the late Medieval into the Baroque”

    Despite a period of prolonged political strife and changes in religion, there were artists who continued the Celtic legacy. This workshop will touch upon the areas and enclaves where Celtic Art
    continued to be created.

    1. Kingdom of The Isles-Highland Scotland: Motifs from MacKinnon’s Cross
    2. Ireland and Wales: Renaissance and Baroque Celtic motifs in manuscripts
    3. Cornwall-Choir stalls and figures-sculptures

    Workshop participants will recreate motifs noted above with materials supplied to workshop

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Chaucer III Gender and Sexuality
    Rounds 104
    Moderator: Dr. Lisa LeBlanc Anne Maria College

    • Mr. Forrest Helvie “The Pardoner: Questions of Immorality and Sexuality” Central Connecticut State University
    • Ms. Lindsay Halle “Monster-In-Law: Re-Evaluating the Sowdanesse in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale” University of Virginia
    • Dr. James Coleman “Agency and Inaction in The Franklin’s Tale” University of Virginia
  • Shakespeare IV: Glorious Fourths
    Rounds 107
    Moderator: Dr. Carl Martin Emerson College

    • Dr. Phillip O’Mara “The Glorious (and Inglorious) Fourth Acts in Shakespeare’s Time” Bridgewater College
    • Dr. Roberta Staples “The Challenge of the Fourth Acts: Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado’ and Jonson’s ‘Volpone'” Sacred Heart University
    • Prof. Elizabeth Patton “Stoicism and the Death of the Eponymous Hero in Act 4 of Elizabeth Cary’s Tragedie of Mariam and of Mary Sidney’s Tragedie of Antonie ” Johns Hopkins University
    • Ms. Geraldine Suter “Till the Wood of Birnam Rise: Repercussions of the Fourth Act in Shakespeare’s Macbeth” James Madison University
  • Bodies and Identities IV: Representing Witches and Demons
    Rounds 124
    Moderator: Dr. Michael Ryan Purdue University

    • Dr. Robin O’ Bryan “Sacred and Profane in a Dominican Chapel” Harrisburg Area Community College
    • Prof. Stephen Henderson “Hell Fire, Miraculous Saints and Stigmata: Visions of Extreme Faith in Late Medieval Art” Quinnipiac University
  • Literature: Medieval to Modern
    Rounds 303
    Moderator: Dr. Joan Bowers Plymouth State University

    • Prof. Carl Gindley “The Trope That Will Not Die: Anti-Fraternalism in Contemporary Film” The City University of New York
    • Dr. William McCarthy “Medieval Tales in Modern Guises” Pennsylvania State University
    • Ms. Resa Nelson “Researching the Fantasy Novel” Independent Scholar
  • Administration and Economics
    Rounds 322
    Moderator: Dr. Mona Logarbo University of Michigan

    • Dr. Alexis Wilkin “The Economical Rationality of the Management of the Religious Communities in North-Western Medieval Europe” Harvard University
    • Dr. Gregory Halfond “Provincial Politics in Eigth-Century Francia” Framingham State College
    • Mr. Craig Nakashian “The Impact of Ecclesiastical Figures in the Military Affairs of England: 1066 – 1154” University of Rochester
  • Arthuriana Workshop
    Rounds 204
    Dr. Peter Schwartz Elmira College and Prof. James Slocombe Champlain College/Bishop’s University
    Informal presentations of work-in-progress on Merlin and the Grail.

5 p.m. – 10 p.m. — Medieval Feast & Entertainment

Heritage Commons, Samuel Reed Hall Residence Hall

  • Join students in period dress and enjoy authentic medieval-inspired food (with vegetarian selections available) served in an atmosphere that recreates the experience of a medieval meal. The feast will be complemented by Medieval and Renaissance music by Seven Times Salt. Seven Times Salt is an early music chamber ensemble formed in February 2003. They have performed for the Longy School of Music, Harvard University, The Society for Historically Informed Performance, the Boston Recorder Society, Plimoth Plantation, the Ken Pierce Dance Company, the Amherst Early Music Festival, the Early Music Festivals in Bloomington (IN) and Boston, and WGBH radio. Their specialty is the English consort repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • Tickets required.
  • Costumes encouraged! Wear your Medieval or Renaissance-inspired garb!
  • Cocktail Hour 5 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Feast 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tickets available online, at Forum registrations, and at the door until sell-out or 6:30pm ($27 each)

Vendors

Books: Basilia Books
Jewelry and objets d’art: Marantha Creations
Music CDs: Art & Joanne Ketchen

chainmail-for-sale

Lamson Library

  • Visit the Lamson Library & Learning Commons to view our outstanding display of Medieval materials.
  • Need to check your email? –Visit the Lamson Library & Learning Commons for access to computers.

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Medieval & Renaissance Forum Acknowledgements

Forum Director
Dr. Naomi Kline, Professor of Art History

Assistant Director
Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Assistant Professor

Administrative Assistant
Ms. Ivy Page

All of our faithful participants, many of whom return year after year for this special celebration, and our new friends attending for the first time.

Faculty and Staff of Plymouth State University, including:

  • Dr. Sara Jayne Steen, President
  • Dr. Julie Bernier, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Ms. Ann Thurston, Business Manager, Academic Affairs
  • Ms. Tamara Mahoney, Senior Business Service Assistant
  • Ms. Elizabeth (Betsy) Cheney, Public Relations Coordinator
  • Mr. John Martin, Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Dr. A. Robin Bowers, Emeritus
  • Dr. Liz Ahl, Chair of English
  • Ms. Elaine Allard, Lamson Library Liaison
  • Mr. David Berona, Lamson Library Liaison
  • Mr. John Ward, Physical Plant
  • as well as our Student Pages and Squires
  • Ms. Jennifer Jones
  • Mr. André Lamothe

And many, many more helping hands

Sodehxo Campus Services

  • Mr. Chris Mongeon, General Manager
  • Mr. Keith Botelho, Catering Manager

Design Credits

  • Publications – Ms. Ivy Page, Ms. Jennifer Jones
  • Web – Ms. Kim Accorsi and staff
  • Logo Design – Ms. Jennifer Jones
  • 29th Posters and Card Design – Howard Dinin, Graphic Designer, Bertha Communication
  • Knight of the Forum Award – Prof. Robert Morton and Mr. Adam Morton
  • Other Decorations by the Medieval Society of Plymouth State University

The Medieval Society of Plymouth State University

  • Mr. Dana Nevins, Monarch
  • Ms. Jennifer Jones, Chancellor
  • Ms. Kelly Osborne, Chamberlain
  • Mr. Tyler Borror, Armorer
  • Mr. John Grandi, Scribe
  • And many more!
  • Mr. Matt Rolph, Faculty Advisor

In Memorium

  • Dr. Elaine Block

So many people have assisted and contributed to the making of this Forum that surely some go unnamed here. Thank you one and all. Without you, there could be no Medieval & Renaissance Forum.

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