The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University highlights here events of interest to the local medievalist community.

Monday, Nov. 4

Photographic portrait of Laura L. Knoppers.

Laura L. Knoppers

Cornelius Loew Lecture in Medieval Studies

Sponsored by the Medieval Institute

Laura Langer Knoppers

Monday, Nov. 4
4 p.m.

Laura L. Knoppers’s primary research focus is on Milton’s works and life in religious, political, and cultural context She has written books on Milton’s oppositional poetry in Restoration England and on Milton’s Eve in relation to courtly representations of marriage and family; her scholarly edition of "Paradise Regained" and "Samson Agonistes" broke new ground in book history and the history of reading, and she served as editor of "Milton Studies" from 2009 to 2018.



Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 24

August Wilson, Gem of the Ocean, November 15-24.Play

Produced by the Department of Theatre

Gem of the Ocean

August Wilson

directed by affiliated faculty member Lofton L. Durham

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21, 22 and 23: 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24: 2 p.m.
Shaw Theatre

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Gem of the Ocean is the ninth work in August Wilson's ten-play cycle recording the American Black experience. Set in 1904, the play begins on the eve of Aunt Esther's 287th birthday. When Citizen Barlow comes to her home seeking asylum, she sets him off on a spiritual journey to the mythical “City of Bones,” via the slave ship Gem of the Ocean. A powerful story of holding on to your ancestry in order to forge your future, Gem of the Ocean is truly a masterpiece. 

Recommended for mature audiences. Patrons under the age of 8 will not be admitted, including babes in arms.

Sunday, Nov. 17

Portrait of the Schola Antiqua of Chicago.

Schola Antiqua


In the Connecting Chords Festival
Co-sponsored by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music and the Medieval Institute

Jerusalem, 1000-1400

Schola Antiqua

Sunday, Nov. 17
4 p.m.
First Congregational Church
345 W Michigan Ave

General admission: $20
Seniors: $18
25 and under: $5

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Nell Snaidas, soprano, joins the Schola Antiqua for "Jerusalem 1000-1400," a program originally commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art that brings medieval traditions to life with sounds of status quo and religious change in and around Jerusalem.