Summer brings no break for the hardworking staff of the Medieval Institute! It's prime time for taking stock of what we've done over the past academic year and planning thoughtfully and strategically for the upcoming year.
A key theme these last few months has been finding ways to engage more directly with the Notre Dame community as well as the non-academic world outside it, steps that we must take to secure long-term support for the MI and its programs. Toward that end, two of our faculty/staff members have shifted roles at the Institute.
Dr. Megan J. Hall, who has been our outstanding guru of communications, outreach, and events for three years, is now Assistant Director of the MI. In this position she’ll take over day-to-day management of our finances and work closely with MI director Tom Burman on development. She will continue to have oversight as well of communications and event planning, but since many of our lectures and workshops are now being organized by working groups, her organizing skills will focus on our signature lectures and major events.
Linda Major, long our undergraduate director, has moved from three-quarter to full-time with the title of Director of Undergraduate Studies and Community Engagement. Linda’s amazing creativity in that second role is already paying off: keep your eyes open for this fall’s new MI home-football events, including our first ever MI tailgate (September 15, on the lawn just west of Hesburgh Library, by First Down Moses—you’re all invited!).
We thank both of them for their dedicated service to the Institute and its now seventy-year long mission, particularly as we all forge new paths to engagement and outreach, and wish them well in their new roles!