The Medieval Institute ranks among the top ten of the some 90 institutes, centers, and programs focusing on Medieval Studies in North America. The Institute's reputation primarily rests on its annual International Congress, the largest annual professional meeting in the field; Medieval Institute Publications, which has published more than 200 books and journals since 1964; and its academic programs, which include a Master's Program and an undergraduate minor. Several research programs have made significant contributions to the reputation as well.
The Medieval Institute mourns the death of Professor Emeritus of English and affiliated faculty member Larry E. Syndergaard (1936-2015). A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. in the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University.