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Texas Medieval Association Conference begins today

By David Gay

Texas Tech University’s Medieval & Renaissance Studies Center is hosting the 28th annual conference of the Texas Medieval Association. The festivities begin today with a Pre-Modern Bible Symposium, hosted in conjunction with “Pre-Modern Bibles; From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Complutensian Polygot Bible,” an exhibition of original manuscripts and facsimiles displayed at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Frans van Liere and Katherine van Liere from Calvin College will speak at the symposium on the medieval study of the Bible and on the Spanish Renaissance context of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible. A reception and a concert of Spanish Renaissance music from Texas Tech’s Collegium Musicum, directed by Angela Mariani, associate professor of musicology in the School of Music will follow the symposium. The symposium, reception and concert will be hosted in the Museum’s Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court and are free and open to the public.

“Frans is the best expert in the United States on the medieval study of the Bible and he will be speaking on the tradition of Christian and Hebrew Bible studies,” said John Howe, professor of medieval history in the Department of History at Texas Tech and president of the Texas Medieval Association. “The musical concert after the symposium, featuring Texas Tech’s Collegium Musicum, is one of the best ways to hear music of 16th century.”

Codex Sinaiticus, 4th Century – now held at the British Library

Tickets are still available at regular and student rates for the final two days of the conference. Friday (Oct. 26) will include sessions covering various topics like medieval food and Arthurian literature. Timothy Graham, director of the University of New Mexico Institute for Medieval Studies, will deliver the keynote lecture, “From Lindisfarne to the Limbourgs: Moments and Movements in Medieval Bible Illumination,” at 10:30 a.m. in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium.

The conference will continue Saturday (Oct. 27) with sessions on topics including Europe at the end of the Middle Ages and a panel for graduate students about teaching the Middle Ages to students. George Greenia, professor emeritus of modern languages at The College of William and Mary, will deliver the keynote lecture, “The Camino de Santiago and Medieval Pilgrim Libraries,” at 10:30 a.m. in room 001 of the English and Philosophy building. The day will end with an off-campus closing reception.

For a full schedule of events and their locations, visit the conference’s website.

Our thanks to David Gay and Texas Tech University for this article. Top Image: A page from the 13th century Vienna Moralized Bible.

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