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Honors Medieval Studies Major Karen Neis (B.A, '16) Publishes Illustrated Children's Book about Emperor Charlemagne's Elephant

Author: Megan J. Hall

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In Fall 2016 we brought you a video and story about how honors medieval studies major Karen Neis (B.A. '16) crafted an impressive senior honors project, her illustrated children's book Abul-Abbas, The Elephant, drawing inspiration from medieval manuscripts, illuminations, and art objects from Charlemagne's time. We are delighted to announce that her book has been picked up for publication by MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing.

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Medieval Institute Graduates Distinguished Students in its Annual Ceremony

Author: Megan J. Hall

Graduation 2018New Doctoral Graduates of the Medieval Institute, from left to right, Megan Welton, Brandon LeVon Cook, Filippo Gianferrari, and Christopher Robert John Scheirer

Each year the Medieval Institute conducts an intimate, all-Latin graduation ceremony in the atmospheric Alumni Hall Chapel. This year’s ceremony took place on May 19th; in it the Institute admitted to the Medieval Studies Minor one undergraduate (Marek Mazurek), to the Supplementary Major two (Kelsey Mary Lynch and Hadyn C. Pettersen), and to the Major two (Julián Minondo Stillman Ayau and Nicole Claire O'Leary). Read More

Want to brew beer and make cheese? Consult with medieval monks first.

Author: Jennifer Lechtanski

Matthew Hayes

Matthew Hayes, a senior with a major in Architecture and Concentration in Furniture Design, traveled on a Break Travel and Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute to compile research for his senior thesis.  He went to a monastery in Belgium this fall to research a design proposal for a monastery and brewery in upstate New York.   Read More

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Summer Courses Begin: Medieval Latin


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During the summer, the Medieval Institute regularly offers classes in medieval languages and paleography to graduate students and qualified undergraduates from Notre Dame and elsewhere. Occasional offerings are also available in history, English, theology, and other fields. While in summer residence, students have access to the abundant resources of the Medieval Institute and its renowned library.…