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Midwest Medieval History Conference

Twenty-Fifth Annual


Case Western Reserve University


President: Thomas W. Blomquist, Northern Illinois University
Vice-president: Louise B. Robbert, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Secretary-Treasurer: John F. McGovern, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Councilors: Charles R. Bowlus, University of Arkansas; William Urban, Monmouth College.
Program Chair: James A. Brundage, University of Kansas
Local Arrangements: Michael Altschul and Ann K. Warren, Case Western Reserve University


  Friday, October 17, 1986

8:00-        RECEPTION (Cash bar).  Buntz Room, Clinic Inn.
11:00 p.m.


  Saturday, October 18, 1986

8:00-        REGISTRATION & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.  Crawford Hall, Room 14

9:00          MORNING SESSION
Welcome Address: Carolyn Elliott, Dean of Western
                 Reserve College

Chair: Katherine Tachau, University of Iowa

Giulio Silano, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Roman Legal Maxims and Medieval Law

Abigail Friedman, Yale University
Mental Illness and the Law in the Middle Ages

Thomas Renna, Saginaw Valley State College
Thomas More's Utopia and the Lollard Tradition

1:30         Faculty Dining Room, Tomlinson Hall
                Presiding: Thomas Blomquist, Northern Illinois University
                President of the Midwest Medieval Conference


Chair: Timothy Runyan, Cleveland State University

Franklin Peques, Ohio State University
The General Attorney in Thirteenth-Century England

Steven Rowan, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Peruse and Boloney: Doing Civil Law in the Later Middle Ages

Elizabeth Makowski, Acquisitions Editor, University of Georgia Press
Turning a Dissertation into a Book: The Editor's Point of View


6:00         RECEPTION.  Buntz Room, Clinic Inn.
                Hosted by the Cleveland Medieval Society.

7:00         DINNER.  Buntz and Crile Rooms, Clinic Inn.

8:00-        ADDRESS
8:45         Robert Brentano, University of California, Berkeley
                A Kind of Medieval Biography: The Autobiografia of
                Peter of Marrone (Pope Celestine V)

                Ambassador Suite, Clinic Inn

Mid-Year Update Letter

January 7, 1986

Dear Colleague:

I write at this unseasonal time to bring you up to date on several items of interest and concern to the membership of the Midwest Medieval Conference.

Skip Kay, after twenty-two years of serving with wit and grace as our secretary, has decided to put aside the pen that has given us so many memorable accounts of our annual meetings in favor of genteel retirement.  To mark the occasion, he has published the minutes of the first twenty-two meeting of the Midwest Medieval Conference in book form under the title Twenty Minutes.  Copies are still available upon request from Skip for a very modest price.  I know all who have listened to Skip's marvelously crafted descriptions of our gatherings join me in expressing our collective thanks to him for his labors.  Jack McGovern will be taking up the responsibilities of secretary for -- it is to be hoped -- at last the next two decades.

The twenty-fourth annual meeting of the Midwest Medieval Conference will take place 17-18 October 1986 on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, with Michael Altschul and Ann Warren handling local arrangements.  Robert Brentano, University of California, Berkeley, will be our main speaker and Jim Brundage is in the process of putting together a stimulating program for our edification and enjoyment.  I hope that all of you will mark the week-end and will plan on attending.

All of us connected with next year's meeting share a common concern about achieving a larger graduate student turn-out.  We realize that the recent decline in graduate student attendance is undoubtedly linked to economic factors and a number of suggestions have been make as to how me might counter this situation.  We may in the future, for example, provide admission to the lunch and banquet for graduate students who might, in the interest of economy, choose to eat elsewhere.  Some of you might be in a position to requisition a fleet car from your institution and provide transportation for your students.  In any case, Jack McGovern has asked me to request that you send the names of your graduate students to him so that they can be included on our mailing list.  Jack will happily entertain any ideas as to how we might encourage more students to attend our meetings.  In the meantime, this year's officers of the Midwest Medieval Conference wish you all the best in the second half of the academic year and we look forward to seeing you in October in Cleveland.

Cordially yours,

Thomas W. Blomquist
President, Midwest Medieval Conference


From the Program: The Department of History and the Office of the Dean, Western Reserve College, cordially invite you to attend the Silver Anniversary Meeting of the Midwest Medieval Conference.  In addition to is usual fine combination of program, distinguished speakers, and social activities, this year's meeting offers a guided tour of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

An organization of scholars and friends encompassing a "Midwest" of loose and indeterminate definition, this year we have made a particular effort design the conference to be attractive to newer faculty and graduate students.  The program includes a special presentation of the revising of dissertations for publication and graduate students can register at a substantially reduced rate.

At the conference: It was at this meeting that the participants voted to change the name of the conference.  After much grumbling about "the picture people" and "Anglo-Saxon riddlers," the Midwest Medieval Conference was formally renamed the Midwest Medieval History Conference.

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