Medieval times, the Renaissance, and Shakespeare

Todd White assisted with a printing workshop earlier this fall.

Todd White assisted with a printing workshop earlier this fall.

The College of St. Scholastica hosted a variety of events this fall celebrating the Medieval and Renaissance time periods, as well as the works of William Shakespeare, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of his death.

The College hosted the Medieval Association of the Midwest for its 32nd Annual Conference for two days in October. Thirty-eight scholars presented their research. Also that month, St. Scholastica hosted a Renaissance bookmaking workshop attended by more than 50 people.

William Hodapp, English professor, and Todd White, reference/digital resources librarian, presented "Making Shakespeare's Books: A Printing Workshop." Attendees handled type, examined tools of the trade, and pulled prints of a sonnet.

In fall 2000, Hodapp and White began offering an interactive learning experience in early modern book production in a Medieval and Renaissance Studies seminar. Their collaboration led to additional seminars and several offerings of their course, The Book in the 15th Century, in which students learn about book production through research and by producing a manuscript book and a limited-run printed book.

In addition to presentations at regional and international conferences about their experiences, Hodapp and White have also co-authored and published an article in the national journal Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching.

A concert of Renaissance music showcasing "Music from Shakespeare's Time" was also held in October. It featured rarely heard instruments from the time period, including krummhorns (a medieval wind instrument), rauschpfeife (a type of pipe); and viols (six-stringed instruments from the Renaissance and Baroque periods).

The Shakespeare-themed events continued in December with a two-day film festival of Shakespearean screen adaptations, which included "Chimes at Midnight," "Throne of Blood," and "Henry V."