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Paul Szarmach earns top medieval honors

May 23, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Paul E. Szarmach, director of the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, has received two honors from the Medieval Academy of America in Cambridge, Mass.

Szarmach was selected as an MAA fellow and as the winner of its 2006 Robert L. Kindrick Committee on Centers and Regional Associates Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies. MAA Fellowships are highly selective. Szarmach was cited for his prolific scholarship, advancing the field of medieval studies and directing WMU's world-renowned annual International Congress on Medieval Studies.

A professor of English and medieval studies, Szarmach came to WMU in 1995 to direct the Medieval Institute. This coming September, he will begin serving a five-year term as the MAA's executive director. With 4,500 members, it is the largest organization in the world devoted to medieval studies.

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

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