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For Immediate Release
March 23, 2016

Medieval Scholars at IPFW Invite Public to Consider 'Why Books Matter'

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—‘Why Books Matter’ and other topic will be explored as part of a two-day Medieval Books Symposium at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) on March 30 and 31. The symposium is sponsored in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography.

Last year Damian Fleming, associate professor of English and director of the Medieval Studies Program, received the prestigious award tied to his scholarly project “Hebrew Alphabets in Early Medieval Latin Manuscripts.” Fleming is organizing the conference as part of the Mellon Fellowship.

"Much of the research that my colleagues and I engage in is highly specialized; I am delighted by this opportunity to make it accessible to a wide audience, and to have one of the most significant scholars of medieval manuscripts visit our campus," said Fleming.

The two-day event will culminate in a keynote address by Elaine Treharne, Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities and Professor of English at Stanford University. Treharne’s talk on “Why Books Matter” will take place Thursday, March 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101. Light refreshments will be served before and after the presentation.

Additional symposium events include:

Wednesday, March 30
"Authors in the Margins of Manuscripts and Books"
     Lindy Brady, University of Mississippi
     Joshua Byron Smith, University of Arkansas
Liberal Arts Building, Room 35A
3–4:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 31
"Dreaming the Apocalypse in Late Medieval Books"
     Boyda Johnstone, Fordham University
"Examining Medieval English Books of Medicine"
     Jessica Henderson, University of Toronto
3–4:15 p.m.
Liberal Arts Building, Room 136

See this page for participants' biographies

All presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Medieval Books Symposium website or contact Fleming at

The Medieval Books Symposium is sponsored by:
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School
Program in Medieval Studies
Department of English and Linguistics
Department of History
Chapman Distinguished Professor of English
College of Arts and Sciences
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs