Tuesday, February 27, 2007

MSCU Event Plan for March

Hello everyone! March is shaping up to be a busy and exciting time for the MSCU. We currenlty have two events planned, besides a number of other events open to all students.

  1. MSCU Skating with the Profs: Join us at the Oak Bay Rec. Centre on Friday, March 2nd at 7:45 pm for a night skate with some of your favorite profs! Ice time and skate rentals cost $7.25. No previous skating experience is needed!
  2. 'Medievalopoly' Madness! A new take on Monopoly will occur on Wednesday, March 14th at 6:00 pm in CLE A307. Bring ideas, supplies and an attitude for fun! Snacks and food will be provided. ** Besides creating the game, we will also be enjoying Monty Python's "Holy Grail". Could this get any better? (Another movie night will be planned for late-March. Information for it will be posted soon.)
  3. On Friday afternoon, March 2nd at 2:30 pm, the premier presentation of The Bayeux Tapestry for Middle Schools, will be happening in CLE C110. The lecture is open to faculty, off campus visitors and students. Hope you see you there!
  4. On Friday, March 23 at 12:30 pm, Stephen Partridge (UBC, English) will be presenting for the Book Culture research collective. The lecture will be related to Chaucer and his profile as a 'maker of books'. The lecture is open for the entire academic community and posters will be popping up around campus in the near future. Spread the word, and watch for more information on the blog!
  5. UVic is fortunate enough to have guest lecturer Dr Colleen Batey presenting three papers on various aspects of Icelandic society at the end of this week. Below are her selected topics and their respective synopsises:
  • "New Light on the Settlement of the Land of the Sagas": Wed. 28 FEBRUARY 2007 at 11:30 a.m. MacLaurin D114.
    Extensive excavations in recent years by Icelandic archaeologists
    have revolutionized our knowledge of the early settlers of Iceland.
    Through inter-disciplinary and international co-operation, we can
    move beyond the evidence provided by the sagas.
  • "The Origins and Adaptations of the First Settlers of Iceland ": Thurs. 01 MARCH. 2007 at 7:30 p.m. Clearihue D125.
    Recent DNA and archaeological evidence challenges the long-held belief that most of Iceland's earliest settlers came from Norway. This lecture
    will provide an overview of the current understanding of this
    important issue.
  • "Aspects of Material Culture of the Norse North Atlantic": Fri. 02 MARCH 2007 at 11:30 a.m. Clearihue C108.
    The wide range of domestic items and trade pieces which the Vikings
    brought rom both Scandinavia and the British Isles to their homes in
    the North Atlantic – the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland –
    provide us with a clear cultural footprint for this well-travelled

Well, that's all for now. We hope you get the chance to join us for some of these sure-to-be fun and educational events.

Till next time,


Monday, February 26, 2007

Warning: Watch at your own risk!

This is truly some dreadful history. Somewhere out there, Dr Haskett is crying. Please, I beg of you, disregard everything the video says about the dreaded "f-word."

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Medieval Technology Helpdesk

This is worth watching.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hwaet up for Wednesday

Two events not to be missed on February 21, 2007:

MSCU general meeting: Clearihue C316 between 10:00-11:00 am.

Skating at Pearke's Arena, 11:45 - 1:15.

(I was going to apologize for the bad titular pun, but I prefer applause, thanks.)

Monday, February 19, 2007

A Middle-English Blog, Are You Mad?

Hey y'all out there in the wondrous world of the Internet, here is one interesting link for you: http://houseoffame.blogspot.com/

It's a blog entirely in Middle English. Yep, that's right, a blog inspired by old Geoff Chaucer. Why don't you give it a look?


Welcome to UVic's own MSCU blog, an online community founded for students of the Medieval Studies Course Union and sundry wannabes. We'll be posting here of past events, anticipated events, thoughts, ranting, opportunities, etc. Please comment freely, maintaining, scilicet, a sense of decorum.