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Colloquium lecture features noted medieval literature scholar

Monday, October 3, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—The diverse technological practices used to communicate and exchange information in medieval society will be the topic of a lecture by a noted scholar of Old and Middle English literature Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

The lecture, titled "By Bell, Book and Candle: Understanding Media Literacy in Early Medieval England," is part of the College's annual Center for the Humanities colloquium series, which is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant. This year the series, titled "The Book: From Print to the Digital Age," explores the past, present and future of the book, along with the numerous cultural changes it has weathered during its 2,000-year history.

Martin Foys, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Drew University and former Hood College professor, will discuss how and why modern scholars emphasize the book in the study of the medieval past as well as the many tools and techniques used by medieval society to communicate.

Foys is the author of "The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations" and "Virtually Anglo-Saxon: New Media, Old Media, and Early Medieval Studies in the Late Age of Print," for which he was awarded a 2007 International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Best Book Publication prize.

Foys earned a bachelor's degree from Drew University and a master’s and doctoral degree from Loyola University in Chicago. He also served on the faculties of Florida State University, University of Hull in England, and at Hood from 2002 to 2008.

The final colloquium event for the semester is a poetry reading Nov. 14 by Terrance Hayes, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry and professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Additional events are planned for the spring.

The Hood College Center for the Humanities was founded in 1990 by a group of faculty members from the humanities departments at Hood—art, English, foreign languages, history and political science, music, philosophy and religion. During its more than 20-year existence, the Center for the Humanities has presented lectures, symposia, film series, concerts, poetry readings and colloquia. In 1999, Hood was the recipient of a major challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which helps provide for an annual lecture series and an NEH visiting scholar.

For more information, contact Rebecca Prime, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities, at prime@hood.edu.