Grellet & Dorothy C. Simpson Program in Medieval Studies

Spring 2019

The Simpson Chair in English

Announces a lecture

Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist

Michael Dirda

“Swords, Sorcery and Swashbucklers”

Portrait of Michael Dirda

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 ︱ 5:00 p.m 139 Combs Hall

Reception to follow. 

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Professor Teresa Kennedy,

In this talk Washington Post book columnist  Michael Dirda will look at the various ways fin-de-siecle adventure fiction reimagined the Middle Ages and early Renaissance.  Some of the books to be touched on include: Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889), H. Rider Haggard’s Eric Brighteyes (1890), A. Conan Doyle’s The White Company (1891), Stanley Weyman’s A Gentleman of France (1893), William Morris’s The Well at the World’s End (1896),  Rudyard Kipling’s Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906) and Marjorie Bowen’s Black Magic (1909).


Jill Hamilton Clements

“EATING THE DAMNED: The Mouth of Hell in Medieval Art and Thought”

Thursday, January 24, 2019 ︱ 3:30 p.m Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Reception to follow.

Jan 2019 Simpson Medieval

Past Events

Spring 2018

Arielle Saiber, “Hell, Yes! Dante in Contemporary American Satire”

Monday, April 2, 2018

Kathryn McKinley“Chaucer’s Boccaccian Temple of Venus in House of Fame Book I”

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fall 2017

George D. Greenia, “Travelers’ Texts: Pilgrims and Their Textual Accessories”

Monday, September 25, 2017

Combs 139

Jose Suarez Otero, “Santiago de Compostela, from Antiquity to the Middle Ages”

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Combs 139

Spring 2017

Dr. Tison Pugh, “Queer Medievalisms in the U.S. South”

Monday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.

Combs 139

Dr. Kristina Olson, “Finding the Celestial Rose in Mecca: Sandow Birk’s Divine Comedy” 

Monday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.

Combs 139

Simpson Program in Medieval Studies 2014 Symposium

The Rise of Vernacular Culture in Fourteenth-Century Florence

Kenneth P. Clarke, University of York
Kristina Olson, George Mason University
David Lummos, Stanford University


Saturday, October 4, 2014

9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m

Combs 139

To view or download the complete program, please click here: Simpson symposium program 2014


2011 Simpson Symposium: Faith and Authority: The Context of the Early Modern

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Click here for the program of presentations: Simpson symposium 2011




“Speaking of Murder: The Life and Death of Geoffrey Chaucer”

Chaucer graphic

Robert F. Yeager

Professor of English

University of West Florida

Monday, March 19, 2007



For further information contact Professor Teresa Kennedy, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication: or 540.654.1531