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Saturday is final day of free registration for Medieval

April 10, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Kalamazoo County residents and Western Michigan University employees may attend WMU's 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies free of charge, as long as they register by Saturday, April 15.

The Medieval Congress is the largest, most comprehensive academic conference of its kind in the world. This year's event will take place Thursday through Sunday, May 4-7, in various venues across WMU's main campus.

Kalamazoo County residents and members of the University community have traditionally been able to register for the congress at no cost. However, the event's increasing popularity in recent years has resulted in long lines of last-minute registrants once the congress starts.

"We feel strongly about keeping this event open to members of the community," says Dr. Paul Szarmach, director of WMU's Medieval Institute, which organizes the Medieval Congress. "We want everyone to come and just ask that they register ahead of time."

Anyone attending a congress session or the exhibits must register. A $25 late registration fee will be assessed after April 15. Registration details and a complete 2006 congress program are available online.

Those planning to attend the Medieval Congress may fill out and submit the registration form totally online or fill out a PDF version of the form and print it out. The printed form should be returned by April 15 to the address or fax number included on the form. Registration forms, as well as programs for the 2006 event, also may be picked up at the Medieval Institute office in WMU's Walwood Hall off of Oakland Drive during normal business hours.

For more information or to register, visit www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress. Online registration is encouraged.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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