Current and Past Programming

Current Programming

Check out our events Google Calendar to an up-to-date listing of all our events. Please note that all CMS events have been canceled until Mohsen Goudarzi's lecture on April 30.

Decameron in the Time of Coronavirus

Inspired by the tales from Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th-century Decameron, we will discuss texts over on our CMS YouTube Channel. Members of the CMS community will post videos Monday through Friday on texts for us to discuss in the comments. Check out the first video in the series in the series from our director Michelle Hamilton as she introduces us to the concept as well has her pick, Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Email if you would like to present a text.

Past Lectures

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020 Lectures

Fall 2019 Lectures

2018-2019 Academic Year

Spring 2019 Lectures

Fall 2018 Lectures

2017-2018 Academic Year

Spring 2018 Lectures

Fall 2017 Lectures

2016-2017 Academic Year

Spring 2017 Lectures

Fall 2016 Lectures

2015-2016 Academic Year

Spring 2016 Lectures

Fall 2015 Lectures

2014-2015 Academic Year

Spring 2015 Lectures

Fall 2014 Lectures

2013-2014 Academic Year

Spring 2014 Lectures

Fall 2013 Lectures

Past Special Events

2019: Premodern Food Cultures Conference

This conference brings together scholars of the premodern world and local Twin Cities food and beverage producers to explore the long and varied histories of issues such as sustainability, international trade, and food inequality, as well as community notions about who, what, where and how people should and do eat. While modern scientific research has revolutionized methods of food production and forms of consumption, culture is and has been central in the ways in which we choose what and how to eat and drink, and with whom. The talks and events in this conference are designed to help us see how culture—in the form of ethics, family and communal identity, archives and memory, or trade and migration—not only shaped the premodern food landscape, but continues to do so in the local Twin Cities food scene.

2018: Vagantes at UMN

For more, see the Vagantes at UMN page. 

2016: Game of Thrones Event

CMS hosted an evening event exploring aspects of the show, with trivia, food and beverages inspired by the show. With CMS experts, Ruth Karras discussed the female characters and women in the Middle Ages; Mary Franklin Brown talked about the books the show is based on; and Amanda Taylor discussed and demonstrated arms and weapons in the Middle Ages and in the show. For more details see our Game of Thrones event page.

2009: The “Religion and Law in the Global Middle Ages"

A conference for scholars, lawyers, and teachers that covered religion in medieval law codes, legal procedures, and everyday life.

2006: "A Hands-on Workshop on the Medieval Bookmark"

A workshop that offered the chance to learn and practice the historic methods of the scribe and printer from Charlemagne’s early medieval court to Gutenberg’s later medieval printing shop (in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Study).

2006: "A Hands-on Workshop for Sewers: A Day in a Fifteenth-Century Tailor's Shop"

A workshop in which participants created a full set of clothing (in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Study).