to give, contact:
Office of Institutional
220 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
You Make Us Great
The Center for Medieval Studies (CMS) at the University of Minnesota is the foremost center for the study of the Middle Ages in the state of Minnesota. While we serve many, we are few—the center is run by a handful of committed faculty and staff who do this as a labor of love on top of their duties in their respective departments.
Your tax-deductible contribution provides our best students with vital encouragement and financial support. It gives our award-winning faculty the resources needed to enlarge our knowledge of language, literature, and culture.
What Your Gift Can Do
Your contribution will help support:
- The many activities of the Center include the Medieval Book in the Schools, which introduces the culture of the Middle Ages (including manuscripts!) to students in Minnesota K-12 classes.
- One of our chief missions is to support the research of graduate students, and in that capacity we organize and offer financial support to graduate students to attend workshops on how to read medieval manuscripts, to do hands on research in archives abroad, to organize/attend professional conferences and to network with professionals already working in the field. Graduate reading groups supported by the Center include those in Old Norse and Classical Arabic.
- We sponsor many events for the public as well as for the university community, including an annual talk by a world renowned expert in Art History (the Sheppard lecture--a lecture created in honor of UMN Art History Professor, Carl D. Sheppard) and an annual talk by a world renowned expert in manuscript studies (the Aris Memorial Lecture--a lecture series established in honor of Rutherford Aris, UMN professor of Chemical Engineering and Classics, whose love of manuscript culture led to the establishment of this annual lecture).
- The Sheila McNally Endowment in the Center for Medieval Studies is used for support of the Center's programs, students, and research. The Medieval Studies Fund of the Center for Medieval Studies is used to finance expenses not covered by other funding sources, and makes possible many of the center's special events, including the Colloquia Medievalia lecture series.