Fifteenth International Congress
of the New Chaucer Society

July 27-31, 2006, in New York City

Conference Events and Excursions


The NCS congress banquet is a cruise around the tip of Manhattan on the World Yacht Princess. The entire yacht is ours on Sunday evening, July 30. For the cruise route and information on the Princess, see the world yacht website. Three-star chef Marcus Samuelsson will cater a buffet dinner with several entree and dessert choices; wine, beer, and soda drinks are also included in the cost of the cruise. Houston Person, the “working class hero” of jazz, will play classic swing tunes with his band. Winner of the Eubie Blake Jazz Award and many other honors, Houston Person has recorded and produced over 75 albums; see this webpage. Co-founder of the New York Swing Dance Society, Harvest Moon Ball champion, and member of the Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Margaret Batiuchok will give instruction in American swing styles including line dances. For those who prefer watching the skyline, the Princess has both enclosed and open upper decks.  Please note: because of catering deadlines, no tickets can be purchased after July 26.



William Voelkle, Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Department Head, and Roger Wieck, Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, both at the Morgan Library, will lead two concurrent tours of the J. P. Morgan Library for Congress participants on Friday, July 28, 2006.  The tours, each with a maximum of 24 people, will start at 7:00 p.m. and run for about 40 minutes.  The Morgan just reopened at the end of April, and the tour will include the new reading room and the Thaw Gallery, a medieval treasury which will feature Carolingian Lindau Gospels (with its two jeweled bindings) and other celebrated examples of enamel and goldsmiths work (such as the twelfth-century Stavelot Triptych and Malmesbury Ciborium).  The tour will focus on one of the current exhibitions, that featuring some of the greatest illuminated manuscripts in the Morgan's collection: a Carolingian Gospel Book written in gold, the earliest surviving manuscript of the commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus (ca. 950), the richly illustrated twelfth-century Life of St. Edmund, the finest surviving leaf from the Winchester Bible (late twelfth century), the thirteenth-century French Old Testament Miniatures possibly made for St. Louis, the Hours of Catherine of Cleves (ca. 1440), and the Hours of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (1546). 

There will be sign-up sheets available for the 48 places on the Morgan Tour at the conference Registration desk; there is no admission fee.  The tours will meet at 7:00 p.m. sharp at the new entrance to the library, at 225 Madison Avenue (between 36th and 37th street).


An hour-long group tour for NCS attendees of the medieval holdings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2006, at 5:30 p.m.  The tour is limited to 30 participants; tickets are $17 and must be paid for as part of conference registration.  Tickets include general admission to the museum, so participants can explore the rest of the Met after the tour is over.  Tour participants will meet the tour leader at the museum's Group Tours desk, to the left rear after entering the Met on Fifth Avenue (at 81st Street).  The best mode of transportation from Fordham is by taxi (if shared, this shouldn't cost much more than public transportation).  Please note: the tour will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.


Present Tense: Literary Artists and Performers Engaging Chaucer

Host: Charles Bernstein (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
Wendy Steiner (Univ. of Pennsylvania)" The Loathly Lady:  An Animated Opera."
Susan Stewart (Princeton Univ.) "Shapes from Chaucer"
Caroline Bergvall, Bard College, with Mario Diaz de Léon, "Performing Chaucer's Feasts"

Friday, July 28, 8:00 p.m. Lowenstein 12th Floor Lounge at the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University. 

Co-sponsored by Poets House and Medieval Club of New York.


All registrants are invited to attend the Conference Receptions on Thursday, July 27 (5:30-6:30 p.m., sponsored by Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center), Friday, July 28 (6:00 – 7:00 p.m., sponsored by Fordham University) and Sunday, July 30 (5:00 – 6:00 p.m., sponsored by Rutgers University) in the Plaza Atrium.  Spouses/partners/family/friends who will be accompanying registrants to the receptions need to register as an Accompanying Person to receive an I.D. badge that allows them admission to campus and to the Receptions. 


The Columbia University Medieval Guild welcomes local and visiting grad students to an informal wine-and-cheese reception in 301 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University Campus, from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday, July 28.  To reach Columbia, take the #1 subway train (the Broadway Local) from Columbus Circle to 116th Street. The campus gates are on the east side of Broadway. A campus map is posted just inside the gates. Philosophy Hall is a short walk from the gates: go up the steps past Alma Mater, then turn right to Rodin's Thinker, who is seated in front of Philosophy Hall. Since drinks will be served, we must ask you to bring along identification in order to satisfy university regulations on building use.   

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