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Helen Damico Memorial Spring Lecture Series

 “Medieval Performance,” the 1st Annual Helen Damico Memorial Lecture Series and the 35th Spring Lecture Series hosted by UNM’s Institute for Medieval Studies, will offer a compelling four-day event that will span the fields of theatre, civic spectacle, music, and dance. Please view the flyer here!

Video recordings of lectures can be found on our YouTube channel.

Dr. Jonathan Davis-Secord recently had an article published in the Washington Post

Please click here to read Dr. Jonathan Davis-Secord's article "The Real History of the Anglo-Saxons Undermines Racists' Theories."

A Note from Justine Andrews, New Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies

On July 1, 2020, I became the third director of the UNM Institute for Medieval Studies. Following my extraordinary predecessor, Dr. Timothy Graham, and the dearly-missed, founder and first director, Helen Damico, I look forward to continuing the Institute’s mission of outreach, education and scholarship in the rich heritage of the Middle Ages. In the current, and complicated, time of the COVID-19 crisis, we will continue to support our students and faculty in their scholarship of the Middle Ages. I also aim to find ways to bring interesting new content through new platforms to all of our students, faculty and friends. I hope that everyone stays safe, and that we will be able to see each other again at the next lecture series or event.

Helen Damico, Founder of the Institute for Medieval Studies, Passes Away

It is with great sorrow that we announce that Helen Damico, the inspirational founder of the Institute for Medieval Studies and all UNM’s medieval programs, passed away on Tuesday, April 14 2020. Our medieval community here in New Mexico deeply mourns her passing; we will always honor her memory and her extraordinary achievements.

A number of those who knew Professor Damico have asked if they can make donations to the Institute as a mark of their esteem for her. We greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity. Please see the Support page for more details. 

Dr. Nahir I. Otaño Gracia, Presenter in Webinar: Race Racism, and Teaching in the Middle Ages

Dr. Otaño Gracia presented on “Violence and Migration in the Mabinogion” in a recent online webinar sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America. The topic responds directly to issues regarding racism in our contemporary culture and is focused on pedagogy and concrete strategies for teaching race and racism in their medieval forms and as they appear in medieval studies. The webinar was recorded and is available on the Medieval Academy of America’s YouTube channel at this link: