In 2013, Sam Houston State University hosted the International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought.  This conference, fondly referred to by some participants as the “Kalamazoo of the Southwest,” was a unique, independent Texas-style celebration featuring presentations by over 60 scholars representing 5 countries and 38 institutions.  Areas of expertise included, literature, linguistics, music, history, dance, architecture, art, theater, law, and philosophy. To view the photo gallery of the 2013 conference click here.

News from the Raven

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The conference also included a pre-conference soiree, pre-conference excursions, a concert by medieval and renaissance harpists, two Shakespeare films followed by lectures, a formal banquet, a concert by the University Chorale, and, of course, lively discussion among participants on what they love most—all things medieval and renaissance!   The proceedings of the conference, edited by Dr. Darci Hill, were released a year later in the United Kingdom under the title News from the Raven: Essays from Sam Houston State University on Medieval and Renaissance Thought. 


Our 2013 conference was so successful and we had so many requests for a repeat performance that we decided to host it, again!  Sam Houston State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences is indeed delighted to host the Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought.   We are inviting all interested scholars, students, and members of the community to participate in this event, a scholarly gathering focusing on all aspects of medieval and renaissance culture and thought.  This event will once again be held on our beautiful Huntsville campus.  Our keynote speaker for this conference is Duke University Art Historian Caroline Bruzelius.

Come and join us at Sam Houston!  Be intellectually and aesthetically stimulated by both national and international scholars sharing their dizzying array of research on literature, linguistics, music, history, dance, architecture, art, theater, law, and philosophy.     

Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries or comments.


Dr. Darci Hill,
Conference Director
Professor of English,
Sam Houston State University

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