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April 13, 2005
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations (218) 726-8830,
Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Assistant Professor, UMD Department of English, (218) 726-6598
Carol A. Bock, Head, UMD Department of English (218) 726-8227

UMD Department of English Presents Annual
Jankofsky Medieval Renaissance Lecture

Jankofsky Essay Award to be Presented

April 29, 3 p.m.
Free, Public Cordially Invited

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Department of English cordially invites the public to attend, the Sixth Annual Jankofsky Medieval and Renaissance Lecture on April 29, at 3 p.m., in the UMD Tweed Museum of Art. The presentation will feature Professor John M. Ganim, from the University of California, Riverside. The subject of his talk will be "The Middle Ages at the World's Fair," and will feature research from his latest book, Medievalism and Orientalism.

During the event, the Jankofsky Committee will announce the winner of the Jankofsky Essay Contest. A wine and cheese reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

John M. Ganim is a Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of three books and has published several articles in PMLA, ELH, MLQ. His article, "Chaucer, Boccaccio, Carnival, Lent," Studies in the Age of Chaucer (1986), was cited as one of the most influential Chaucer articles of the twentieth century. He also serves on the advisory boards of Envoi and Exemplaria. He has been a Trustee of the New Chaucer Society and chair of the Executive Committee of the Middle English Division of the Modern Language Association. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards.

The Jankofsky Lecture Series was established in 2000 when a former student anonymously donated funds to the University of Minnesota Duluth English Department as a tribute to Professor Klaus Jankofsky's career of outstanding teaching and scholarship in the field of medieval and renaissance studies.

Established in 2001, the Jankofsky Essay Prize has been awarded to the best student essay on any topic in medieval and/or renaissance studies.

For more information, please contact Professor Krista Twu, UMD Department of English, at (218) 726-6598 or by email at

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