Don't miss these special events at MAA 2024!

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The 99th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place next Thursday through Saturday in South Bend, Indiana, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The meeting is hosted by Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, St. Mary's College, Holy Cross College, and Indiana University, South Bend. 

The themes for this year’s meeting are “Mapping the Middle Ages,” “Bodies in Motion,” and “Communities of Knowledge.” Plenary addresses will be delivered by Bissera V. Pentcheva (Stanford), Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA), Robin Fleming (Boston College), Samantha Leggett (University of Edinburgh), and Jack Tannous (Princeton). Though the conference will be entirely in person, these plenary lectures will be live-streamed.

Digital Visualization Theater
Notre Dame Digital Visualization Theater

While at the conference, don't miss the other attractions and special events on offer!

In the Hesburgh Library, come to the seventh floor to take a tour of the Medieval Institute library! Two times are available on Thursday morning: 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 10 to 10:30 a.m. Down on the first floor, visit the Rare Books and Special Collections exhibit "Mapping the Middle Ages: Marking Time, Space, and Knowledge." Inspired by one of the themes of the conference, this exhibit combines historical materials with maps made in the 21st century to explore the tension between literal and figurative arrangements of space, time, and knowledge during the Middle Ages.

The campus Digital Visualization Theater will host a 360-degree visual and aural presentation on the cosmology of Hildegard of Bingen. Boasting Sony SRX-S110 projectors (one of the most advanced projections systems available), a JBL 9000-watt 5.1 Dolby surround sound system, and ten computers for the real-time rendering of 3D objects, this state-of-the-art, 136-seat hexagonal theater has a unique ability to immerse audience members in high-resolution, high-fidelity images projected on a 50-foot-diameter dome. Come and see Hildegard's world brought to life!

Raclin Murphy Museum
Notre Dame's Raclin Murphy Museum of Art

Also make time to visit the newly-opened Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, and while there enjoy a special exhibit of early woodcuts and engravings, including Albrecht Dürer’s famous Apocalypse series.

On Saturday evening, let loose at the Morris Inn during our Irish Céilí dance, led by Shannon Dunne ('98), acclaimed sean-nós dancer, concertina player, and singer.

We look forward to seeing you soon!