Thursday, May 31, 2007
Advertising is one job opportunity for Medievalists. It requires critical thinking, creativity and a sense of humour. You'd be surprised just how many ads evoke the Middle Ages. Degrees in Medieval Studies don't necessarily have to lead to academic careers.
For more examples of Medieval ads check out these links:
People seem to think that Medievalists don't have very many job possibilities. In fact, there are a lot of jobs out there which would benefit from workers with Medieval backgrounds. From time to time we will post examples of such jobs.
Perhaps the 'J' word should no longer be dreaded.
As for our grading scheme we will follow the same format as the Medieval Studies Department (I'd post a link to a break down of it, but for the life of me I cannot find one online. If you know where to find one please post the link as a comment).
Look for new movie reviews to arrive shortly.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
IMPORTANT: Please reply if you intend to join LaSt. If for any reason you cannot attend these meetings but would like to please let us know and we can attempt to re-schedule.
And on behalf of the MSCU a special thanks goes out to Madeleine who has graciously offered to lead the LaSt as our resident senior Latinist. A curriculum will be drawn up soon and sent out.
We hope to hear from you soon,
Saturday, May 26, 2007
The theme of this summer's SReCo is: History in the Middle Ages. This theme relates to how history was seen in the Middle Ages. Students will attempt to answer the question of how the Medieval viewed, recorded and remembered the past and how these views shape our understanding of the period. Students may pick any topic for their research as long as it can be related to the theme.
The first meeting of the SReCo will be on Wednesday, June 13th at 6:30 in Clearihue B215. This is a fairly informal research collective, students are encouraged to attend any meetings they want. At these meetings we will discuss our ideas and learn from each others' unique perspectives.
The SReCo will culminatewith a small conference in the end of August (the date will be announced). In this conference students will be encouraged to give papers presenting the findings of their research. Only students will wish it will have to give papers More information on this conference will be provided closer to the event.
If you'd like any more information, please send us an email or leave a comment. We hope to see you at our first meeting. If you know anyone interested please bring them along.
LaSt is an informal, study run and organized Latin studying collective. We welcome people of all experience. So far we have students who completed first-year Latin, second-year Latin, third-year Latin and students with no Latin experience at all. No matter your experience with the language, you are welcome.
If you're thinking about starting Latin next year (it is a requirement for the program) or looking to brush up on your long neglected skills, this will be a great chance for you.
We will meet once a week on Tuesday Night between 7:00-9:30 in Clearihue B215. Our first meeting is on Tuesday, May 29th. This will be a brief meeting where we will discuss reading materials and the overall direction of the group. If you can't attend this meeting, feel free to drop in on future meetings.
If you'd like more information send us an email or leave a comment.
We hope to see you there!
My name is Ryan and I’m the President of the Medieval Studies Course Union. This autumn will mark my fourth year at UVic.
I’m majoring in… well, that’s a little bit complicated. Right now I’m a double major in Medieval Studies and Greek and Roman Studies with a minor in History. Soon, though, I’ll be applying to the new Medieval Studies Honours Program as well.
As my somewhat muddled major shows, I have a hard time choosing between things. I love the classics, especially Roman literature and history, but I also find Medieval history fascinating. I find that there’s a complexity of thought in Medieval history which is often lacking from other areas of historical study. In many ways the Middle Ages are a ‘new’ field of study; there are so many facets of the time which haven’t been looked at in great detail. It’s the ability to break new ground, the pioneering spirit, which attracts me to Medieval history.
The depth of thought in Medieval literature is also captivates me. Philosophy and jurisprudence are to the two subjects I find the most interesting. The Middle Ages are such a unique period because there is such a wealth of thought. In terms of philosophy, there is more to study in the Middle Ages than in any other period in history. And it’s not just the quantity of thought, but the quality of thought which amazes me. Even without looking into the Islamic East the Middle Ages provide some of the most complex and interesting moral and legal philosophy to ever exist. This is why I speak so highly of the period. Whatever your interest is, you can find something captivating in the Medieval history: art, philosophy, literature, theology, mythology, it has something for everyone.
Now how did I become interested in the Middle Ages? Well, the answer is pretty simply: Dr Haskett. In my first year I knew that I was interested in history so I took as many different history classes as I could. My two favourite classes were Hist. 236 with Dr Haskett and GRS 100 with Dr Rowe. Because of these two men, I am where I am today, at least I have someone to blame for my future.
Well that’s a little bit about me.
Next week on Getting to Know the MSCU… Vice-President Madeleine
Thursday, May 24, 2007
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