Friday, April 6, 2012
Utz to speak at KIA on Medieval Kalamazoo
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm
Location: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Richard Utz, WMU Professor of Medieval Studies will present a lively look at the many ways medieval ideas live on in his talk, "Medieval Kalamazoo."
At first, the juxtaposition jars: However, the city's sign posts, a water tower, Henderson Castle, St. Augustine Cathedral and Western Michigan University all connects with the medieval period. At the cinema, the latest Robin Hood movie links the roots of the free world with the medieval Magna Charta; a courtesy shuttle from the airport to our hotel treats us if we were members of a medieval court; and we bake our cookies with King Arthur flour. Clearly, medieval times are still thriving!
Participants will tour Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum and enjoy light refreshments.
Cost: Members: Free; Non-members: $5