Announcements and Events
We regret to announce the passing of Professor John R. Sommerfeldt, the founding director of the Medieval Institute (1961-1978). Prof. Sommerfeldt was instrumental in creating the conference which became the International Congress on Medieval Studies (first meeting 1962). He pioneered the creation of the M.A. program in Medieval Studies at WMU, the first such degree at a state-sponsored institution in North America. He also fostered the development of Cistercian Studies. We are all indebted to his extraordinary contributions to the international community of medievalists.
MDVL 1000: The Middle Ages, Then and Now, a course designed to introduce students to the medieval past in the modern imagination, was taught for the first time in fall 2022 and fulfills WMU Essential Studies requirements.
MDVL 2000: Voices of the Middle Ages fulfills both Western Essential Studies and General Education requirements.
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