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Midwest Medieval History Conference

Thirty-Ninth Annual


Wittenberg University


President: Thomas F. Madden, Saint Louis University
Vice-president: Olivia R. Constable, University of Notre Dame
Secretary: Richard Ring, University of Kansas
Treasurer: Martin Arbagi, Wright State University
Councilors: JCharles Bowlus, University of Arkansas - Little Rock; Mark Angelos, Manchester College.
Program Director: Leah Shopkow, Indiana University
Local Arrangements: Amy Livingstone, Wittenberg University



All sessions meet in Room 105, Shouvlin Center.


Friday, September 22, 2000

1:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Registration.

2:30 - 3:30         Graduate Session I

Chair: Leah Shopkow, Indiana University

James Blanton, Purdue University
Nobles at the Desert's Edge: Family Ties and Monastic Patronage in the Later Carolingian Midi

Stephen Fletcher, San Jose State University
The Significance of the Frontier in Ottonian History: Some Considerations on the Reign of Henry I of Saxony

3:45 - 5:00       Graduate Session II

Chair: Louis Haas, Duquesne University

Cullen Chandler, Purdue University
Codex Bernensis 363: The Italian Connection

Demetrius Glover, Purdue University
Behind the Leges: Corruption in the Carolingian Disputes Through the Eyes of Theodulf of Orleans

Christopher Matthew Phillips, Saint Louis University
O magnum crucis misterium: The Cross, Crusading, and Conversion in Alan of Lille's Sermo de cruce domini

9:00 p.m.         Reception, Benjamin Prince House  


Saturday, September 23, 2000

8:00 - 10:00     Registration.

9:00 - 10:30     The Islamic World and Its Neighbors

Chair: Thomas F. Madden, Saint Louis University

Thomas Burman, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Latin Study Aids for the Qur'an

David Blanks, The American University in Cairo
The Wonders of the East

Jay Spaulding, Kean University (New Jersey)
An Introduction to Medieval Libya

11:00 - 12:00   Plenary Address

           Chair: Amy Livingstone, Wittenberg University

Jo Ann McNamara, Hunter College

Rethinking the Middle Ages

12:15 - 1:30     Lunch and Business Meeting.
                           Hollenbeck Hall Atrium

1:45 - 3:15 Reports from Eurasia

Chair: John Lomax, Ohio Northern University

Jamsheed Choksey, Indiana University
Women During the Transition from Sasanian to Early Islamic Times

Linda Cooke Johnson, Michigan State University
The Other Woman: Chinese and Non-Chinese Women in Song Dynasty China

Steve Morillo, Wabash College
Cultures of Death: Warrior Suicide in Europe and Japan

3:30 - 5:15 Outsiders Inside Europe

Chair: Linda Mitchell, Alfred University

Susan Taylor Snyder, University of California at Santa Barbara
Heretical Women in Thirteenth-Century Bologna

Matthew Slepin, Northwestern University
The Wicked Brother Elias: Alchemy and Accusations in the Franciscan Order

Laura Wertheimer, Cleveland State University
Illegitimacy, Disorder, and Clerical Identity

6:00           Cocktails.  Hollenbeck Hall Atrium.  

7:00           Banquet.  Hollenbeck Hall Atrium.  

9:00                   President's Reception.  Esplanade Room, Springfield

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