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Register now for Medieval Congress

April 6, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Once again in May, thousands interested in the Middle Ages will converge on Kalamazoo for Western Michigan University's International Congress on Medieval Studies, and Kalamazoo residents are can join them free of charge if they register by April 15.

Sponsored by the University's Medieval Institute, This year's congress, the 42rd, takes place May 10-13 on WMU's campus and features more than 600 sessions featuring scholarly papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances. As in years past, congress registration is free for Kalamazoo County residents and members of the WMU community, as long as they register by April 15. A $25 late fee is assessed after that date.

"Interest in the Congress continues to grow both among professional medievalists and within the Kalamazoo community," says Dr. Rand Johnson, interim director of the Medieval Institute. "We are pleased to bring these two groups together through the congress. Many area residents have, over the years, especially enjoyed visiting the Congress's exhibits hall, which includes displays by publishers and artisans.

Highlights of the Congress this year include a reconstruction of the evening prayer service for the feast of Corpus Christi, introduced into the Catholic church in the 1200s, as well as readers' theater performances of "Mankind," an English drama of the 1400s, and "The Tale of Sir Launcelot,," from Sir Thomas Malory's "Morte Darthur." There also will be a festival of three films: "A Knight's Tale" (2001), "The Black Knight" (1954) and "Kriemhilds Rache" (Kriemhild's revenge part of Fritz Lang's 1924 silent epic based on the medieval German epic "Nibelunglied."

Information about the Congress, including access to the online registration system and a link to order concert tickets, is available at www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress. For additional information, contact the Medieval Institute at mdvl_congres@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8745.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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