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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.

Spring 2024 Schedule

  • 3/7     Sean Field (University of Vermont)

    • “Writing Radegund: Baudonivia, Venantius Fortunatus, and Gregory of Tours”
  • 4/11    Emily Youree (UNC-CH)
    • “King and Outlaw in the Piers Plowman Tradition”
  • 4/18   Alan Stewart (Columbia University)

    • Title TBA
  • 4/25    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.