Plymouth State College announces the 22nd Medieval Forum, Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, 2001. One of the oldest on-going conferences for medievalists in the United States, PSC’s Medieval Forum attracts both noted and up-and-coming scholars in medieval history and literature. The Forum also includes many fun and colorful activities which are open to the public. Costumes and banners were created by volunteers from the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, the Medieval Society and other Forum volunteers.
From noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 6, there will be a performance of the Terminal Hip Dance Company and a mini-medieval fair in the Hartman Union Building (HUB) fireplace lounge. On Friday evening, Senior Naturalist Dave Erler of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will show several live birds of prey and James Gleich will discuss the art of falconry, a method of hunting which dates back over 5,000 years. Throughout the Forum, artist Vivian Fisher Fanton will exhibit her illuminated manuscripts and paintings, and artisans in jewelry, chain-mail, embroidery, pottery and more will sell their wares in Rounds Hall, rooms 103 and 118.
Scholars will present papers on a variety of topics relating to the history and literature of medieval times, including several sessions on plants in the middle ages, this year’s theme.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. John M. Riddle, professor of history at the University of North Carolina. Riddle is on the executive board of the American Botanical Council and is an authority on the history of medicine. His speech, scheduled for 1 p.m., April 6, 2001, in the Hartman Union Building multi-purpose room, is entitled “Medieval Medicine: Why What They Knew Is Important to Us.”
For more information about the Medieval Forum, contact Dr. Eleanor Congdon, director of the Medieval Forum, at (603) 535-2425.