PSU Hosting Medieval and Renaissance Forum April 25 – 26

April 9th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-One of the oldest ongoing conferences of medievalists in the United States, Plymouth State University’s Medieval and Renaissance Forum takes place April 25-26.

The public is invited to join over 100 students and scholars from across the nation who will give free talks throughout the weekend on a variety of topics concerning art, music, literature and history of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. This year’s theme, “The Secular Realm in the Age of Faith,” relates to the connection of private and public life in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Europe.

The Forum opens at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, with the traditional 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, Philip F. O’Mara, Bridgewater College. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen will deliver a formal welcoming to all. The Opening ceremonies conclude with the traditional singing of Gaudeamus Igitur.

Forum highlights include keynote speaker, Dr. Frédéric Billiet, Professeur des Universités and Directeur de l’UFR de Musique et Musicologie de Paris V-Sorbonne, presenting a free, public talk, “Some Sounds for Silence: Music to Illustrate Sculptured Scenes in Medieval Choir Stalls,” on Friday, April 25. This event is free and open to the public.

Also on Friday, there will be a performance of Renaissance dance in period costume, with period music. Dancers will also offer instruction in several simple French renaissance dances for audience participation.This event is also free and open to the public

On Saturday, April 26, there will be a Medieval Feast and Entertainment, at Heritage Commons, Hall Residence Hall, featuring students in period dress and authentic medieval-inspired food served in an atmosphere that recreates the experience of a medieval meal. The event will be complemented by medieval and Renaissance music.

Other events include a live chess match on the Alumni Green, a longbow archery demonstration, a chain mail workshop and a calligraphy workshop led by Arthur Ketchen.

Although most of the events are free and open to the public, the events featuring meals will require tickets to receive a meal, with the cost being:

Friday, April 25, Keynote Lunch, $18 for meal

Friday Dinner, including President’s Wine and Cheese Reception, Dinner, and Dance, a performance of renaissance dance with a brief instruction component $20 for meal

Saturday, April 26, Lunch $16

Saturday Medieval Feast with music by Seven Times Salt, $27

The Lamson Library and Learning Commons is pleased to welcome a display of medieval items in celebration of the annual Medieval Forum at Plymouth State University. The display features games, swords, books, maps, clothing, etc.

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For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes