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Midwest Medieval History Conference

Twenty-Sixth Annual


University of Wisconsin


President: Louise B. Robbert, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Vice-president: Steven Rowan, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Secretary-Treasurer: John F. McGovern, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Councilors: Martin Arbagi, Wright State University; Robert Cutler, Wittenberg University.
Program Chair: Richard Kay, University of Kansas
Local Arrangements: John W. Barker, University of Wisconsin


  Friday, October 16, 1987

Registration Table in Exhibition Gallery, The Wisconsin Center


Graduate Research in Progress
The Wisconsin Center Auditorium
Presiding: Barbara A. HANAWALT, University of Minnesota

2:00 p.m.  Mark ANGELOS
                 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
                 The Participation of Women in Genoese Commerce

2:20          Daniel SODDERS
                 University of Kansas
                 Conrad IV and the Papacy

2:40          BREAK

3:00          Peter BINKLEY
                 University of Toronto
                 Computed Indexing Cited Authorities in Sermon

3:20          Timothy M. THIBODEAU
                 University of Notre Dame
                 William Durandus' Rationale as a University Text

3:40          Louis HAAS
                 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
                 A New Look at Childhood in Renaissance Florence

4:00          BREAK

4:30          Special UW Lecture
                 The Wisconsin Center Auditorium
                 Hilmar KRUEGER, Arizona State University
                 Genoese Shipowners and Their Ships in the Twelfth

6:00-         DINNER HOUR (On your own)

7:00-         SOCIAL HOUR, with cash bar
11:00        Lowell Hall, Hospitality Room (lower hall)


  Saturday, October 17, 1987

8:00-          REGISTRATION & Continental Breakfast
9:00            The Wisconsin Center

Morning Session
The Wisconsin Center Auditorium
Presiding: Richard KAY, University of Kansas

9:30            Official Greeting

9:45            Norman ZACOUR
                   Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies
                   Jews and Saracens in the Consilia of Oldradus da Ponte

10:15          COFFEE BREAK (Exhibition Gallery)

10:30          Richard M. FRAHER
                   Indiana University School of Law
                   "Free Rein": The Debate on Judicial Discretion

11:00          Katherine H. TACHAU
                   University of Iowa
                   Motion and Evidence of the Senses: Pierre Aureol,
                   Adam Wodeham, and Nicole Oresme

12:00          Business Luncheon
                   The Wisconsin Center, East Dining Room
                   Presiding: Louise B. Robbert, Univeristy of Missouri - 
                   St. Louis

Afternoon Session
Presiding: Richard FACE, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

2:00            Hilmar KRUEGER
                   Arizona State University
                   The Genoese Travelling Merchant in the Twelfth
                   Twelfth Century

3:00            James M. MURRAY
                   University of Cincinnati
                   The "Commercial Comforts" of Late Medieval Bruges

3:15             COFFEE BREAK (Exhibition Gallery)

3:45            Joseph P. LYNCH
                   Ohio State University
                   Sponsorship in England and Italy: A Progress Report

4:15            Joseph HELD
                   Rutgers University at Camden
                   Peasant Life in Fifteenth-Century Eastern Europe

5:30            SOCIAL HOUR
                   The Wisconsin Center Alumni Lounge

7:00            BANQUET
                   The Wisconsin Center Main Dining Room
                   Address by Sylvia L. Thrupp, Emerita, University of

12:00           Lutheran Student Center, 701 State Street

Mid-Year Update Letter

April 3, 1987

Dear Friends:

The Midwest Medieval History Conference (formerly known as the Midwest Medieval Conference) emerged from our October meeting in Cleveland with new organization and purpose.  Thanks, Tom Blomquist, Ann Warren, Michael Altschul, Jim Brundage, and the rest of you for a delightful, well-organized meeting.  We now move in a semi-annual rhythm, meeting in October at a midwest university and in May with a series of sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.  Encouraged by the enthusiasm of participants in 1986, we look forward again in 1987 to our two meetings.

The 1987 Kalamazoo series of sessions, ably organized for the MMHC by Skip Kay, will be entitled, "Resurgence of Medieval Political History."  The centerpiece session will be a panel discussion involving professors Robert Benson and Barbara Hanawalt.  We hope to see you there.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has invited the MMHC for October 16-17, 1987.  John Barker, our good-natured arrangements chairman, has already arranged housing and meeting rooms in a university conference center on campus for this non-football weekend.  This Madison meeting will be a homecoming for us medievalists who began our careers under the leadership of the Madison school of medievalists.  Skip Kay is preparing the Saturday program of papers, which will include a major afternoon paper by Dr. Hilmar Krueger and a banquet address by Sylvia Thrupp.  As part of the conference, the innovative Skip Kay also plans a Friday afternoon, October 16, session of brief 10-minute papers by graduate students.  He solicits these graduate student papers; please send abstracts to Richard Kay, Department of History, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Ks. 66044.  The deadline is 1 June.  Any MMHC member wishing to comment on the student papers, should please write Skip Kay giving your field of expertise.

Our exchange of ideas at the relaxed MMHC meeting has cemented friendship and made the MMHC very worthwhile to those of us who attend.  We encourage new members, also.  Our secretary, Jack McGovern, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis., 53201, requests names of interested established medieval historians for his mailing list.  Also, your young protégés on their first jobs, faculty of junior or community colleges, of religious schools, or medieval historians in business or libraries would all be welcome.  We are not a closed association.  To encourage attendance by graduate students, some of you might drive university fleet cars to our meeting, providing them with transportation.

In October we learned of the sudden death of MMHC past president and our friend, Don Sutherland of University of Iowa.  A memorial prize fund is planned in his name.  Further information will be forthcoming.

Planning for the 1988 sessions of the MMHC at Kalamazoo has already begun under the intelligent leadership of Ann K. Warren, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106.  She suggests the theme, "Ecclesia et Mundus: From Religious Studies to Social History."  Please send abstracts or ideas of 20-minute papers to her.

Copies of the humorous minutes of the Midwest Medieval Conference, written by Skip Kay and published as Twenty Minutes are still available from him for $5.00 plus postage.

I hope you continue to enjoy our meetings and that I can greet each of you personally there.  May your writing be easy, your teaching be fun and flattering, and your future be bright.


Louis Buenger Robbert
President, Midwest Medieval History Conference


Joseph Held was not able to make the conference.  Professor Held was Dean of Liberal Arts at the Camden campus of Rutgers University and at this time the unionized faculty were threatening a strike.

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