Spring Lecture Series

Since 1987, the University of New Mexico and the Institute for Medieval Studies have been proud to host the IMS Spring Lecture Series, an annual celebration of world-class scholarship and research on the UNM campus.  Attracting such luminaries as Michael Drout, Asa Mittman, Rory McTurk, and Martin Foys, these lectures are an amazing opportunity for students and members of the public to interact with leaders in the many fields of medieval research and to see presentations of their current work first-hand.

Spring Lecture Series 2016: Food and Festivity in the Middle Ages

April 18 - April 21, 2016

All lectures will take place in Woodward Hall, Room 101

Monday, April 18, 7:15 p.m.
“Medieval Trade and the Demand for Spices in Europe”
Paul Freedman, Yale University

Tuesday, April 19, 5:15 p.m.
“Beer Becomes the People’s Drink: The Rise of Production and Consumption in Medieval Europe”
Richard Unger, University of British Columbia

Tuesday, April 19, 7:15 p.m.
“Where’s the Beef? Aspects of Eating and Drinking in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture”
Hugh Magennis, Queen’s University Belfast

Wednesday, April 20, 5:15 p.m.
“Medieval Cookbooks and the Nature of Medieval Cuisine”
Paul Freedman

Wednesday, April 20, 7:15 p.m.
“The Perfumed Banquet in Thirteenth-Century Damascus”
Charles Perry, Culinary Historians of Southern California

Thursday, April 21, 5:15 p.m.
“And a Good Time Was Had by All”
Concert by the UNM Early Music Ensemble directed by Colleen Sheinberg
(In Keller Hall, UNM Center for the Arts)

Thursday, April 21, 7:15 p.m.
“Food for Medieval Thought”
Christina Normore, Northwestern University

Please also visit the Archives page for information and materials from past Lecture Series.