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Jan. 29, 2021

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Medieval Mythology
Presented by Joyce Coleman, English Dept., University of Oklahoma

This talk will explore how Tolkien built Middle Earth out of his fascination with language and with medieval texts and history—mixed in with his own experiences fighting on the Somme in World War I.


Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

The Black Death: A Panel Discussion on the Medieval Pandemic
A trio of OU professors will discuss the causes and impact of the medieval plague known as the Black Death.
      History: Dr. Roberta Magnusson
      Art: Dr. Allison Palmer
      Literature: Dr. Roberto Pesce


Friday, March 26, 2021

Walking the Medieval Camino de Santiago in the 21st Century
Presented by Joe Sullivan, Associate Professor of German, OU Dept. of Modern Languages, Literatures, and  Linguistics

Prof. Sullivan will share his experience walking the Camino de Santiago (“Way of Saint James”), a famous medieval pilgrimage route that winds through Europe before terminating in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela.


Friday, April 30, 2021

Medieval Werewolves: Monsters Often Misunderstood
Presented by Lindsey Panxhi, English Dept., Oklahoma Baptist University

Medieval werewolves are often surprisingly sympathetic characters. Dr. Panxhi will discuss the origin stories of medieval werewolves, and the interesting dilemmas that arise when the boundaries between the human and the monstrous are blurred.


Co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Oklahoma.

This program is made possible in part by the Norman Arts Council Grant Program.

Contact: (405) 325-8610;


About the CMRS

Joyce Coleman, Director

The Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, a division of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, promotes the study of the period in Western history that saw the development of such major components of modern life as parliamentary democracy, the nation-state, English and other modern languages, printing, Islam, global exploration, heliocentric astronomy, romantic love--and the universities in which we research and teach all these subjects.Some thirty-five faculty at OU contribute to the study of these and many other facets of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Our newly revived Medieval & Renaissance Studies minor allows students to pursue an interdisciplinary study of literature, language, history, history of science, art, architecture, and religion, supported by visits to OU's Special Collections.

By supporting our faculty and students, sponsoring brown-bag talks, and cosponsoring a free public lecture series with the Medieval Fair of Norman, OU’s Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies seeks to enrich the intellectual environment for medievalists and early modernists on campus and across the region. Other opportunities are in the works. Come join us!

OU's CMRS was founded by Keith Busby, then of the university's Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department. Prof. Busby was succeeded by Luis Cortest, of the same department. Since 2013 the director has been Joyce Coleman (, Bambas Professor of Medieval English Literature & Culture, English Department.