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The UNC Colloquium on Premodern Literature and Culture is an interdisciplinary speaker series dedicated to the study of premodern writing in all of its forms. The Colloquium meets Thursdays at 5:15 PM, roughly five to seven times per semester; it is convened by H. M. Cushman ( and Emily Youree ( It was founded in 2018 by Taylor Cowdery, H. M. Cushman, and Jessica Wolfe.

Fall 2023 Schedule

  • 9/28    Michael Gadaleto (UNC-CH) Postponed, new date TBD

    • “The Role of the Intellectual in a Precarious World: The Young Milton and the English Universities”
  • 10/5    Mariah Min (Brown University)
    •   “No One Subs Like Gawain, Makes Race Up Like Gawain”
  • 11/2    Jamie Taylor (Bryn Mawr)
    • “Indigenous Sovereignties in the Wife of Bath’s Tale
  • 11/9    Matt Aiello (Harvard University)
    • “Trauma, Aurality, and the Wounded Orrmulum Manuscript (c. 1170)”
  • 11/30    Lanier Walker (UNC-CH)
    • “Reading Character on the Early Modern Stage”


The Med-Ren Colloquium acknowledges the generous support of the School of Arts and Sciences and MEMS @ UNC.