Materiality and Performance

Illustration of William ShakespeareThe College of St. Scholastica is hosting the Medieval Association of the Midwest for its 32nd Annual Conference. Thirty-eight scholars will be presenting research over the course of two days.

Plenary addresses

"'Words, words, words': How to Think Like Shakespeare"
Dr. Scott Newstok, Professor of English at Rhodes College (Memphis)
Speaking on Shakespeare's medieval lexical inheritance.
Friday, October 7, 7:30 p.m., Mitchell Auditorium

"'Constant to Eternity': Loving Chaucer (and Shakespeare) in Two Noble Kinsmen"
Dr. Nickolas Haydock, Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez)
Speaking on Shakespeare's medieval literary inheritance.
Saturday, October 8, 11:00 a.m., Science Auditorium

Both addresses are free and open to the public


All sessions will take place on The College of St. Scholastica main campus.

  • Registration: Mitchell Auditorium Foyer
  • Friday's plenary address: Mitchell Auditorium
  • Saturday's plenary address: Science Auditorium
  • Friday's reception and banquet: Somers Lounge
  • Saturday's reception and dinner: Heritage Dining Room
  • Paper sessions: Tower Hall or the Science Building

Registration and fees

$60.00 for regular MAM members
$40.00 for students, retired faculty, lifetime and patron members

The registration fee includes admission to the receptions Friday and Saturday, the Friday banquet and conference refreshments. The Saturday buffet dinner is optional and will cost $20.00 inclusive.

Register now (deadline: October 1, 2016)

Additional information

All those presenting at the MAM Annual Conference must be members of MAM. The membership form is available through the MAM website. For questions about membership, contact Kristie Bixby at

The College of St. Scholastica is located at 1200 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, Minnesota.

  • Duluth International Airport: Delta Airlines and United Airlines offer regular service to DIA from larger hubs at Minneapolis/St Paul and Chicago respectively. Skyline Shuttle offers round-trip service to Duluth from the M/SP airport for $68 (takes 2.5-3 hours).
  • Bus: Jefferson Line offers service to Duluth, including a stop at The College of St. Scholastica.
  • Automobile:
    • From I-35: Follow I-35 north to 21st Avenue East exit. Turn left onto 21st Avenue East to Woodland Avenue. Turn right onto Woodland Avenue and proceed to College Street. Turn left onto College Street and follow to The College of St. Scholastica.
    • From US Highway 53: Follow US Hwy 53 south to Arrowhead Road. Turn left onto Arrowhead Road. Follow Arrowhead Road to Kenwood Avenue. Turn right onto Kenwood Avenue and follow to The College of St. Scholastica.
    • From MN Highway 61: Follow MN Hwy 61 south to 21st Avenue East. Turn right onto 21st Avenue East to Woodland Avenue. Turn right onto Woodland Avenue and proceed to College Street. Turn left onto College Street and follow to The College of St. Scholastica.

A block of rooms has been set aside for conference participants at the following two locations under the Medieval Association of the Midwest/St. Scholastica Conference. Please note respective “reserve by” dates as they come early.

  • Fairfield Inn Duluth, 901 Joshua Avenue, 218-723-8607—$120 per night (reserve by 9/20).
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites, 1805 Maple Grove Road, 218-722-0700—$85 for Thursday (10/6) and $135 per night Friday and Saturday (reserve by 9/22). Website

Additional options for lodging

Duluth has several hotels and other accommodations (B&B, etc.), but our weekend (like most weekends here) seems quite busy. If you want to check out other possibilities, you may wish to begin at,, or

Parking will be available on campus for both days. Further details will be coming.

Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibit | University of Minnesota Duluth

The Minnesota stop for the Folger Library’s First Folio Exhibit is at the Tweed Museum, UMD, located about 1.5 miles from the CSS Campus. The Exhibit’s Grand Opening will be Thursday, Oct 6, at 5:30 p.m. Again, the conference plenary addresses, sponsored by the CSS English Department, will be open to the public as part of the Department’s and MAM’s partnership with the Exhibit. See website for more information.

"Music from Shakespeare's Time and Plays" | The College of St. Scholastica

Mitchell Auditorium, CSS, Saturday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. In conjunction with the Folger Library’s First Folio Exhibit, and the MAM conference, the CSS early music faculty are offering a concert of English Renaissance music, including music from some of the Bard’s plays, performed on replica Renaissance instruments. The concert features William Bastian, tenor; Bianca Aspin, mezzo soprano; Edward Martin, lute; Shelley Gruskin, recorders, krummhorns, rauschpfeife; Penny Schwarze, viols; and LeAnn House, keyboards. Cost for conference participants is $5 at the door.

Duluth: Arts, Water and Woods

Voted Best Place to Live in 2014 by Outside Magazine, Duluth is known for its outdoor lifestyle woven into a vibrant small-city cultural scene. The downtown and Canal Park areas offer a range of shops and restaurants, as well as an active harbor. A scenic walkway, much of it skirting Lake Superior from the Canal to 26th Avenue East, extends from the harbor to the east end of the city and Brighton Beach: some 7+ miles. A seven-mile sand beach extends from the other side of the Canal to the Wisconsin entry. And green-space woods exist throughout the city, including on the CSS campus. With a little luck, fall colors could very well be at their peak October 6-8.

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Contact Us

Please send inquiries via email or regular post:
William Hodapp, Coordinator
Professor of English
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811-4199
(218) 723-5947

Sponsored by

Sponsored by the CSS English Department. Both plenary addresses are free and open to the public as part of the Department's and MAM's partnership with the The Folger Library Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibit at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.