New Perspectives on Urban Entertainment in the Middle Ages

29th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies

Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York City: Saturday, April 4, 2009

Carol Symes

Carol Symes earned a Ph.D from Harvard and an Equity card in 1999, and until 2002 she taught European history and drama at Bennington College while pursuing an ancillary career in theater.  She is now Associate Professor of History and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2008), the Queen Teaching Prize for Graduate Instruction in History (2007), and has been named Helen Corley Petit Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2008-09).  In 2008, she was a Distinguished Research Visitor at the University of York and a Visiting Associate Professor of History at Harvard.  Her first book, A Common Stage:  Theater and Public Life in Medieval Arras (Cornell University Press, 2007) has been awarded the Bevington Prize for the best new book in early drama studies and the Pinckney Prize for the best work of French history published in 2007.  Her current book project is A Modern War and the Medieval Past: The Middle Ages of World War I.   Eventually, she hopes to write history of pre-modern entertainers and their cultural, social, economic, and political roles in the formation of Europe.

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