Tuesday April 25

At 9:55 in Welles 24, Women’s Studies minor Jenna Colozza will present her research on Julian of Norwich, a fourteenth-century English mystic who wrote a book called The Showings of Divine Love. Her paper is called “Reading Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love,” and it’s presented as part of her Women’s Studies capstone project of the same title.


Medieval Banquet

Friday April 21, 5:30 p.m.

Spring 2017

Medieval Studies at Geneseo held a Medieval Banquet at The Yard of Ale in Piffard, New York. More than fifty guests gathered for medieval food and musical entertainment by Medieval Studies minors Matthew Burley and Noah Chichester (joined by fellow Geneseo Chamber Singers Erica Milliman and Gretta Cavatassi) and an early music group convened by Professor James Kimball (Music), with vocals by Professor Beverly Evans (French). The Medieval Banquet is made possible by generous support from the Office of the Provost, the Departments of English, History, and Languages and Literatures, and the Office of Student Life.


Medieval Literary Reading: Medieval Women

Thursday March 31, 4-5 p.m.

Spring 2016

Geneseo medievalists from English and Foreign Languages and Literatures will hold a Medieval Literary Reading focused on works by or about women.

Doty Tower Room


Geneseo at Spamalot!

A group of twenty students, faculty, and alumnae attended Spamalot at GEVA Theatre on October 4, 2015. “I’m a big fan of GEVA in general, and I’d love the opportunity to go back!” said Katherine Kasha, ’19. Professor Cynthia Klima from the Department of Languages and Literatures said, “We had GREAT seats!” Special thanks to an Upstate Escapes grant that provided student transportation to and from the event.



Trip To Spamalot!

Medieval Studies at Geneseo invites you to Monty Python’s Spamalot at GEVA Theatre on Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m. This is a new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This outrageous musical parody tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Embarking on their quest to find the Holy Grail, the Knights’ shenanigans include flying cows, beautiful show girls, killer rabbits, and flatulent Frenchmen – all while performing heart-stopping and hilarious musical numbers. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Transportation from Geneseo’s campus to GEVA Theatre will be provided thanks to a grant from Geneseo’s Upstate Escapes program. Tickets are $40 each and MUST be purchased by Friday, September 18. Please contact Dr. Jess Fenn ( for tickets or with any questions.

Spamalot Poster


Announcing Repertorio Español’s two performances (10:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.) of El Quijote at SUNY Geneseo’s Wadsworth Auditorium on Wednesday, October 7th.  Tickets (all general seating) are $10 and can be purchased:

At Wadsworth Auditorium’s window, starting one hour before performance times.

This performance, in Spanish with English subtitles, is part of the Department of Languages and Literatures’ Hispanic Heritage Month events and commemorates the 500th anniversary of the publishing of the second part of Cervantes’s masterpiece, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha. 



Monday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. at the Big Tree

Medieval Studies at Geneseo will hold a Medieval Feast at the Big Tree Inn on Monday May 4 at 5:30 p.m. Come enjoy medieval food, live music, and dramatic entertainment in a festive environment. Please contact Jess Fenn, Coordinator of Medieval Studies, with any questions or to purchase tickets (




Monday, April 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Welles 119

“Writing by Ear: Margery Kempe’s Aural Literacy” –Dr. Jess Fenn

Margery Kempe is the author of what’s been called the first autobiography in English, but she could not read or write. She created her Book by dictating it to scribes, drawing on her rich knowledge of books others read to her. Her Book offers a rare glimpse into the life of a fifteenth-century woman of the middle class who traveled widely in England, Europe, and Jerusalem. A mystic famous for using her “conversations” with Christ to challenge conventional gender roles, Margery withheld sex from her husband and donned the white clothes of a virgin, even though she’d had fourteen children. This talk will explore the way The Book of Margery Kempe creates a life story by drawing on texts its author had heard read aloud.



On Tuesday, February 24, Dr. Graham Drake will be presenting “How I Did It: Negotiations between Two Medieval Latin Manuscripts” at 2:30 PM in the Harding Lounge (Welles 111) for the English Department’s spring colloquium. Students, faculty, and all interested parties welcome.


Wednesday February 4, 2:30-3:30, Harding Room, Welles Hall
In the Middle Ages, “reading” meant reading aloud. Households gathered in groups to hear the latest romance. Authors read their poems aloud to courts. Even monks, alone in their cells, would speak the words on the page aloud to better “digest” them. Geneseo’s first medieval literary reading (Wednesday February 4, 2:30-3:30, Harding Room, Welles Hall) will feature readings by Graham Drake, Jess Fenn, Weston Kennison, and Glenn McClure, followed by questions and discussion.


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