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needs your help!

Do you know of an area or national K-12 conference? TEAMS is looking to send members to various teacher focused conferences, but to do that we need to find out which conferences exist and when and where they are held. These meetings can be relevant to studies of standardized testing (such as the AP, the SAT other national or state testing), of content or discipline (such as English, History, Art, Music, etc.), or anything else that either completely or partially focuses upon the study of the Middle Ages.

Please send conference information to:

Dr. Thomas Goodmann
(University of Miami)

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Once and Future Classroom

Seeking Submissions for Spring 2017 Issue

The Once and Future Classroom
is a TEAMS-sponsored peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to encouraging and facilitating medieval studies at all levels of instruction, including at the college level. This journal is for anyone interested in the
teaching of any area related to the study of the
Middle Ages. The pieces we publish include:
1. accounts of emerging work in fields of research related to the teaching of medieval studies
2. lesson plans
3. critical reviews of web resources, audiovisual
materials, and other secondary works suitable
for classroom use
4. reports on promising new classroom
techniques, educational programs, curricula, digital innovations, and methods of evaluating instructional effectiveness
5. annotated bibliographies of medieval studies themes
6. responses to previous articles
7. reviews of literature and films related to
medieval studies
Manuscripts and any additional inquiries should be submitted online or by post to: Gale Sigal, Managing Editor at sigal@wfu.edu
Department of English
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC. 27109

Medieval Tales Logo Dear Colleagues, 

   I am writing to inform you of the existence of an exciting new performance platform, and to remind you of two other performance websites—all of which can be valuable to you in your teaching of the Middle Ages, and potentially in your scholarship as well.

   The new performance platform is on Youtube and is titled "Medieval Tales in Performance"; its URL is  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2wz1uR1Sl93vNMWML2Ieyw   It showcases the exciting work 

of a number of young professional actors--and a highly talented videographer--who are doing great (and some unusual) scenes from medieval literature in a sophisticated and professional manner. The site also has links to medieval music and many other aspects of medieval culture. I think your students will really enjoy it!   

   And we remind you of "Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video Showcase" - http://mednar.org/   This site now contains over 200 clips of medieval narrative. It is a tremendous resource for all who teach medieval literature—your students can see and hear how scenes they read  might have been performed, or can be performed today. The site also has a bibliography, teaching tips and other useful tools.  

    Finally we remind you of our Vimeo site, devoted exclusively to Arthurian literature: "Arthurian Legend Performed" - http://vimeo.com/ArthurPerform  Some of the clips are performed in the original languages; we plan to continue to expand this site.

    All of these clips, on the various platforms, can be viewed on your cell phone as well as on your computer.    

    We welcome your feedback--and your suggestions for new clips. 

    Cheers—and wishing you a great year,

    Timmie Vitz and Marilyn Lawrence

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Evelyn (Timmie) Birge Vitz
Professor of French, New York University

Acting Director of Undergraduate Study in French
Affiliated Professor of Comparative Literature, Medieval
   and Renaissance Studies, and Religious Studies
19 University Place, #623, New York, NY 10003

New! "Medieval Tales in Performance": https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2wz1uR1Sl93vNMWML2Ieyw

"Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video Showcase" -http://mednar.org/  
"Arthurian Legend Performed" - http://vimeo.com/ArthurPerform 

for the
52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies

1) The Creative Classroom: TEAMS Board members Bonnie Wheeler and Ben Ambler propose a session on new teaching in medieval studies programs nationally, a session on best contemporary practices of teaching medieval courses and structuring viable and intellectually vivid interdisciplinary medieval programs at the undergraduate level in a period of diminished fiscal and faculty resources. This session will also reflect the results of a year-long faculty seminar to be conducted at Southern Methodist University in 2016-17. Paper session.

2) Richard Coeur de Lion: His Life and Afterlife: This session, proposed by Russell Peck, will be devoted to four fifteen minute or three twenty minute essays on diverse topics, ranging from the historical Richard (whether Duke or King), the relationship between Richard and his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine, his coronation, the Third Crusade, the origin of his nomer Lionheart, the facts and fictions regarding Richard and his brother John, his rivalry with the King of France,, and topics of that kind; and/or, to ways in which he is subsequently represented in fiction, ranging from sainthood worthy of canonization 33 years after his death, or in his role as savior of England in Robin Hood narratives (particularly in cinema), or as a son of the fiend in some ecclesiastical scenarios, or, as a cannibalizing monster in works like the Middle English Richard Coer de Lyon, or as one caught up in gay behavior as represented by James Goldman in The Lion in Winter. The session will be a playful attempt to get at the conundrum: “Who is Richard I?” – an identity cankerdort that afflicts all three of the British Richardian kings. Paper session.

3) Building (Draw)bridges: this poster session addresses teaching the Middle Ages to students in grades K-8 in a workshop-style format, where presenters each will have their own table to demonstrate a lesson plan idea and provide take-away materials, or to provide information about resources and adapting materials to be age appropriate. This session speaks to an important part of the TEAMS mission to support teaching medieval studies at all educational levels One of those involved, Sarah Layman, will work to meet Michigan standards for professional development in an effort to engage area K-8 teachers.

Send inquires to:
Thomas Goodmann Univ. of Miami
Ashe Bldg., Room 321
1252 Memorial Dr.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 786-390-2509
Fax: 305-284-5635


2017 TEAMS
Teaching Prize

Competition for
K-12 Teachers!

Teachers! Send us your best lesson plans for teaching the Middle Ages!
DEADLINE for Submissions: May 15, 2017


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Recent Publications

The King of Tars (2015)
Edited by John H. Chandler

Oton de Granson Poems (2015)
Edited and Translated by
Peter Nicholson and
Joan Grenier-Winther

The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript
Edited and translated by
Susanna Fein with
David Raybin and
Jan Ziolkowski
Volume 1 (2015)
Volume 2 (2014)
Volume 3 (2014)

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