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Midwest Medieval History Conference

Thirteenth Annual


Cleveland State University


President: Richard D. Face, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Vice-president: J. A. Raftis,
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Secretary-Treasurer: Richard Kay, University of Kansas
Councilors: Robert Kovaric, Chicago State University; Marjoie Gessner, Michigan State University
Nominations Chair: Charles Connell, West Virginia University
Program Committee:
R. Dean Ware, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (chair); Fr. Michael Blecker, St. John's University; Alice-Mary Talbot, Hiram College
Local Arrangements: Timothy Runyan, Cleveland State University


  Friday, October 11, 1974

7:30-        Informal gathering
12:00 pm  University Center

  Saturday, October 12, 1974

8:30-        Registration and Coffee.
10:00       Atrium, University Center.

10:00       Morning Session
University Center.

Presiding: Michael Paulin Blecker, President, St. John's University

Welcome: Walter B. Waetjen, President, The Cleveland State University

Joseph Lynch, Ohio State University
Monastic Recruitment in the Twelfth Century: Some Social and Economic Considerations

Edward Peters, University of Pennsylvania
The Social History of Heaven

12:00       Luncheon and Business Meeting.  University Center.

Presiding: Richard D. Face, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point

2:00         Afternoon Session                 University Center.

Presiding: Alice-Mary Talbot, Hiram College

Paul Pixton, Brigham Young University
The Fourth Lateran Council and the Reform of the German Cathedral Clergy

Archibald R. Lewis, University of Massachusetts
Byzantium as an Integral Part of European Christendom, 565-1204: Military and Political Factors

5:30         Social Gathering
                University Center.

7:00         Dinner.  University Center.

Presiding: Richard D. Face, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point

                John Mundy, Columbia University
                On Love and Duty in Medieval Romance

Mid-Year Update Letter

June 26, 1974

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to announce that the twelfth annual meeting of the Midwest Medieval Conference will be held at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, October 12, 1974.  Tim Runyan, our local arrangements chairman, informs me that we may be the first group to enjoy the new University Center at Cleveland State, which he anticipates will be completed just prior to our session.  In August or early September Professor Runyan will send out all necessary information concerning hotel accommodations and local arrangements.  Should any of you wish to add new names to our mailing list, he may contact either Professor Runyan at Cleveland, or the Secretary of the Conference, Professor Richard Kay at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Dean Ware and his Program Committee (consisting of Michael Blecker and Alice Talbot) have put together an intriguing roster of speakers and topics which, I think you will agree, holds the promise of an excellent and stimulating meeting.

Because of a prior commitment on our part, I have felt constrained to break one tradition of the Conference.  Without first consulting the membership, I have accepted Professor A. L. Gabriel's kind invitation to host the Midwest Medieval Conference at the University of Notre Dame on October 12, 1975.  I trust, however, that none of you will object to the happy result of that arbitrary decision.

At our luncheon session this fall we shall pay brief tribute to the career of Hilmar C. Krueger, for many years Taft Professor of Medieval History at the University of Cincinnati, who retired this spring as Vice Provost of the University.  Professor Krueger can, I believe, qualify as one of the founding fathers of the Midwest Medieval Conference.  I look forward t seeing you all in Cleveland for what promises to be a most interesting and convivial session.

Yours sincerely,

Richard D. Face, President
Midwest Medieval Conference

Meeting Minutes

The twelfth annual meeting of the Midwest Medieval Conference was held in the Cleveland State University Center on October 12, 1974.  The night before, the conference gathered informally around a keg of beer on a balcony that commanded a view of beautiful downtown Cleveland.  How that evening ended, if indeed it did, this reporter cannot state because he retired from the revel at 3:00 a.m.

The conference proper began the next morning around an urn of coffee, on the ground floor of the gigantic atrium, a room some five stories high, which natives claimed had been built to house a tree.  Appropriately, therefore, Professor Julian Plante presided over the morning session, substituting for President Paulin Blecker, who that weekend had to preside instead over Saint John's homecoming.  The morning papers were: "Monastic Recruitment in the Twelfth Century: Some Social and Economic Considerations" by Joseph Lynch of Ohio State, and "The Social History of Heaven" by Edward Peters of the University of Pennsylvania.

After luncheon, conference President Richard Face opened the annual business meeting by thanking the program chairman, Dean Ware, who until that moment had thought it a thankless task.

The president then proposed a tribute to Hilmar Krueger, vice-provost of the University of Cincinnati, who was retiring in 1975 after thirty-five years.

Next, Professor Astrik Gabriel, Director of the Medieval Institute, invited the conference to enjoy the hospitality of Notre Dame next year; and, as you will have gathered, the invitation was accepted with pleasure and with an anticipation that has not been disappointed.

Our observer within the Mediaeval Academy, Professor Karl Morrison of Chicago, then reported on the meeting at Kalamazoo the previous spring, which he with restraint described as "mellow and amicable."  We were reminded that the Academy was to celebrate its fiftieth birthday at Cambridge in April 1975, and that the 1976 meeting will be held in New Orleans as guests of Tulane.  The work of CARA was reviewed: It links the Academy to regional associations, and it also serves as a clearing house for the exchange of ideas on the teaching of medieval studies, notably by subsidizing Ralph.  Morrison alerted us to the imminence of an appeal by mail to contribute to the Academy's "Semi-Centennial Fund," which it is hoped will offset the effects of inflation.  Moreover we were urged to endorse a survey on the status of the profession being conducted by Professor Strayer of Princeton.  Finally, our observer at the Academy pointed out that the Academy was in turn observing us in the person of its secretary, Paul Meyvaert, who was then observed by all and took a bow from his vantage point.

Charles Connell of West Virginia reported for the nominating committee that the vice-president had declined to stand for the presidency, and hence the honor, with its accompanying onera, passed by default to the secretary-treasurer.  The following slate was accordingly proposed and accepted with gratifying unanimity: president: Richard Kay; vice-president: Schafer Williams; secretary-treasurer: Dean Ware; and councillors, Brabara Kreutz and Timothy Runyan.

By way of epilogue, James Brundage put in a plug for The Journal of Medieval History, which claims to be the first medieval journal to junk the cluttery footnotes beloved of humanists in favor of the severe documentation of the sciences and pseudo-sciences (Vaughan 1975a).  Finally our genial host, Timothy Runyan, and all those who made the local arrangements in Cleveland, were warmly applauded for their efforts.

Two more papers were heard at the afternoon session over which Alice-Mary Talbot presided: "The Fourth Lateran Council and the Reform of the German Cathedral Clergy" by Paul Pixton (Brigham Young); and "Byzantium as an Integral Part of European Christendom, 565-1204: Military and Political Factors" by Archibald Lewis of the University of Massachusetts, located in the lovely Connecticut River valley at the foothills of the beautiful Berkshires.

After another "social gathering" came an abundant banquet followed by a delightful, if literary, address "On Love and Duty in Medieval Romance" by John Mundy of Columbia.  Yet another party, President Face's reception, proving premature the widespread judgment of his being another rex inutilis, drained the last drop from the overflowing cup of our day.

Respectfully submitted,
R. Dean Ware

[Kay supplied this text to Ware, who, feeling that recitation is the sincerest form of flattery, added only a plug for his own school.]


Vice-President J. A. Raftis of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto withdrew his name for consideration to serve as president in 1975.  He was unable to attend the conference at Cleveland State University.  Also, he had understood that the conference would be held in Toronto in 1975.  When the decision was made to hold it at Notre Dame he judged it better to select someone closer at hand.  Secretary Richard Kay took over the presidency for 1975 while Dean Ware temporarily became secretary.

From the program: 

Registration Fee                  $4.50
Continental Breakfast,
Luncheon, Banquet Dinner  $10.50

Total                                   $15.00

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