LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2002) - Florida Southern College hosts
an all-day medieval symposium on "Celtic Contributions in the Middle
Ages," Nov. 1 in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room on campus. The
program runs from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with registration beginning
at 9:30 a.m.
This year's symposium explores the Celts of the Middle Ages, a culture
that influenced the literature, art and religion of western Europe.
They lived in present-day Great Britain, France, Switzerland and
throughout western Europe. But their culture was dominated by the
later peoples who moved across their lands, whether Roman or German
or other--yet that culture never completely died, surviving in force
in more remote locales such as Ireland and Wales or creeping into
other cultures through motifs in music, art and literature.
The Florida Southern College medieval symposium brings together
students and faculty from central Florida schools, colleges and
universities (as well as members of the community at large) and,
through focusing on a specific topic, introduces the audience to
some particular aspects of medieval life and to the greater scholarly
interest in medieval studies. Presentations by guest speakers are
introductory in nature, offering overviews of the following areas
the Celt: An Odd Journey through a Debated History," presented
by Dr. Kimberley Reiter, Stetson University.
"The Tristram Cycle in Celtic Literature," presented by Ms. Susan
Eschrich, University of South Florida.
"Celtic Mythology and Spirituality," presented by Ms. Patricia
McCabe-Remmell, University of South Florida.
"Celtic Elements in Arthurian Literature," presented by Dr. Alexander
M. Bruce, Florida Southern College.
symposium is free and open to students and faculty from central
Florida schools, colleges, and universities as well as the community
at large. Lunch will be available at a nominal cost. For further
information, please contact Dr. Alexander Bruce at (863) 680-4440
Symposium information may also be obtained from at www.flsouthern.edu/eng/symposium.htm.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.