Exhibit Explores Study of the Middle Ages at Yale

A new exhibit in Sterling Memorial Library titled “On Visigoths and Vikings: The Middle Ages at Yale” surveys the study of the Middle Ages at Yale — from one of the first books donated to the University and the early history lectures by “Visigoth” Professor George Burton Adams in the early 20th century to the Medieval Lunch Colloquium series and the popular “Vikings!” course offered last year.

Along the way the exhibit explores early efforts at interdisciplinary study of the period and the creation in the 1960s of Yale’s Medieval Studies Program. It also examines the support given by the archival and architectural holdings of Sterling Memorial Library as well as the manuscript collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The opening of the exhibit was timed to coincide with the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, which brought over 500 individuals from around the world to Yale March 18-20. The conference honored three Yale medievalists with special sessions focusing on their work — Robert S. Lopez, Fred C. Robinson and John E. Boswell — whose legacies are also celebrated in the exhibit.

“The medievalist community has always had a strong communal spirit, manifested in 2006 by a reunion of graduate medievalists titled ‘Medieval Spring,’” note the organizers of the Sterling display. “The exhibition represents both the scholarly and social sides of this gathering as well as the usual round of Medieval Lunch Colloquium participants on the Yale campus today.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public and runs through April 30.

Sterling Memorial Library is open Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 11:45 p.m. A valid University identification card is required to enter the building Sunday through Thursday after 6 p.m.

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