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Szarmach chosen to lead international society

June 6, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Paul E. Szarmach, director of the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, has been selected as president of the International Boethius Society.

Szarmach, a former member of the society's board of trustees, now leads the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the study of all aspects of the work of Boethius, a Christian who wrote during the late Roman Empire about the existence of evil among men and the suffering of good people. A philosopher, poet, politician and statesman, Boethius is best known for "The Consolation of Philosophy," which became an important book for medieval and early Renaissance Christianity.

The Boethius Society produces an annual peer-reviewed journal and holds two major gatherings each year-one during the Modern Language Convention and the second during the International Congress on Medieval Studies held each May at WMU.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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