Homecoming Series

Our alumni go on to successful careers as medievalists. We help celebrate their success and benefit from their experiences through the “Distinguished Alumni Homecoming” series. Each year Medieval Studies hosts a UMN graduate who has ties to our center and who has gone on to have a successful scholarly career. The graduate gives a lecture in our colloquium series and also engages in a professional skills roundtable with our current students.

2022 Speaker

Mario Antonio Cossío Olavide (Facultad de Humanidades, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola)

  • Dr. Cossío Olavide graduate from the Spanish and Portuguese Department with a degree in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures in Spring 2021. His talk was titled "Heresy and Orthodoxy in the House of Castile: Sancho IV's Lucidario"

Past Speakers

  • 2019: David Perry (History '06| Journalist and Academic Advisor, Department of History, University of Minnesota)
  • 2018: Tovah Bender (History '09 | Florida International University, Deparment of History)
  • 2017: Matt Desing (Spanish '08 | The University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Languages and Linguistics) 
  • 2016: Ariane Balizet (English, ’07 | Texas Christian University, Department of English)
  • 2015: Evelyn Meyer (German ’03 | Saint Louis University, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
  • 2015: Michael Sizer (History ’07 | Maryland Institute College of Art, Humanistic Studies)
  • 2015: Michael Ryan (History ’05 | University of New Mexico, Department of History)