Fall 2014

Stone, Letters, and Images: The Inscriptions on the Cloister Capitals at Moissac   Monday, 8 December 2014, Art Building 220, Mount Holyoke College.

A lecture by VINCENT DEBIAIS, Institute for Advance Study, Princeton and Centre d'études supérieures de civilisation médiévale, Poitiers 

Free parking available; closest spaces face the river on Lower Lake Road in front of the Greenhouse and Art Museum. Sponsored by Mount Holyoke College and the Five College Medieval Seminar.  poster

Piety, Passion, and Power: Medieval Queens in Context

A Symposium  Thursday, 11 December 2014, 8:30am-5:00pm, Skinner Hall 216, Mount Holyoke College.  poster

This conference was made possible through the generous support of the Mount Holyoke College Department of History and Program in Medieval Studies.

Spring 2014
Beltane Celebration, Pangy Day, Friday, April 25 5:00-7:00 pm in and around Shattuck Hall poster
Beltane celebrates the medieval feast day of springtime, giving thanks for the female and the feminine. Pangy Day is our modern day version with many of the same traditions! Come join us as we honor Beltane and learn more about the medieval world and our own history. Free food, calligraphy, a photo booth, fortune telling, poetry readings, jewelry raffle prize, and a real life blacksmith demonstration! 

Join the fun or take some time to relax, and let us know you're coming on our Facebook page, "Mount Holyoke College Medieval Studies Program". 

Lecture, "Finding Richard III: Science, History, and the Fate of a Notorious King" by Dr. Turi King (University of Leicester) on Wednesday, 30 April, 4:00 pm at The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, Massachusetts poster

Fall 2013

Fall Get together & Calligraphy Night
Monday, November 25, 4:00-7:00 pm, in the Cassani Room, 102 Shattuck Hall 

     Have you ever been interested in Medieval Studies? Ever wanted to try your hand at calligraphy? On November 25th, the Program in Medieval Studies invites you to our fall semester get together! Join us as the department meets to enjoy each other's good company before the start of the holidays. Meet professors, get to know other students who share your interests, ask questions, and enjoy some foEveod! As an in interdisciplinary program, we have people spread out all over campus, so we welcome the chance to bring everyone together for a meet and greet. To top off the evening, we will be hosting a calligraphy event. Here's a chance for you to indulge in your inner medievalist! Learn to cut your own feather quills and write like a medieval scribe.      
     Questions? Email Brittany, the student liaison, at, or visit us on Facebook at our page Mount Holyoke College Medieval Studies Program (

Wiki England Launch Party
Thursday, December 12, 2:00-4:00 pm in the Cassani Room, 102 Shattuck Hall (event originally planned for Wednesday now rescheduled for Thursday).

Spring 2013

Decorem regni protege: Defining the Medieval Queen          
          A day-long interdisciplinary conference on the fact and fictions of female rulership in the Middle Ages and early modern Europe, featuring papers by young scholars from Mt. Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges. The conference will take place on Tuesday, 30 April in the Cassani Seminar Room of Shattuck Hall, on the Mt. Holyoke campus. Opening remarks at 8:45 a.m., followed by panels and a closing reception at 4 pm. Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Prof. Sean Gilsdorf (     
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Beltane Celebration, Pangy Day, Friday, April 26, 5:00-7:30 pm in the Cassani Room, 102 Shattuck
Beltane celebrates the medieval feast day of springtime giving thanks for the female and the feminine.

A Gathering of Medievalists, for Majors & Prospectives
Thursday, March 7 at 4:30 pm in the Cassani Room, 102 Shattuck Hall