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Sept. 9, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU to Host Texas Medieval Association

CANYON, Texas—Faculty and graduate students from across the country will present research in all fields of medieval studies when West Texas A&M University hosts the annual meeting of the Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) Sept. 27-28 on campus.

TEMA, a regional organization of the Medieval Academy of America, conducts its meeting every year at a Texas university, and this year’s meeting marks WTAMU’s second time to host the group. Presenters from as far away as South Carolina will share research findings, and two keynote speakers will speak during the two-day event.

Dr. Richard H. Helmholz, Ruth Wyatt Rosenson Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, will speak Friday, Sept. 27 on the origins of “due process” in medieval law. The speaker on Saturday, Sept. 28 will be Dr. Wendy Turner, Georgia Regents University, who will talk about the treatment of the mentally ill in the Middle Ages.

Helmholz joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1981 after 10 years at Washington University in St. Louis. His teaching interests focus on the law of property and in the aspects of natural resources law. In research, Helmholz concentrates on legal history, and his main contribution has been to show the relevance of the Roman and canon laws to the development of the common law. He has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, a Member of the American Law Institute and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

Turner, head of the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Georgia Regents University, joined the University’s Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy in 2001 after teaching assignments at California State University and Loyola Marymount University. Her teaching interests include medieval and early modern, foundations of world religions, historical research methodology and historiography. Turner is the author of numerous books, articles, abstracts and internet publications, many of which look at the mental health and treatment of those in medieval Europe. She has received numerous awards for teaching, and her fellowships include a British Academy Fellow, Mayer Fellow and the Evelyn S. Nation Fellowship in the History of Medicine.

All TEMA sessions, including the keynote addresses, are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Bruce Brasington, professor of history, at 806-651-2426 or bbrasington@wtamu.edu.


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