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IMS Newsletter: Medieval Happenings - UNM IMS Newsletter

We are happy to announce that the Foulk Medieval Studies Scholarship of $2000 has been awarded to Jacquelyn Truitt.

Ms. Truitt is an undergraduate student who will be participating in the Sorte Muld archaeological field school on the island of Bornholm, Denmark. The program is four weeks long, and is sponsored by the Institute for Field Research and the Bornholm Archaeological Research Center, a division of the Bornholm Museum.  

Because of the strength of several applicants, we were able to make two additional smaller awards of $750 to Paige Lynch and Jana Meyer. Both Ms. Lynch and Ms. Myer are graduate students in UNM’s Anthropology Department. Ms. Meyer will be researching osteo-remains from a Merovingian cemetery in Germany this summer. Ms. Lynch will be comparing data from skeletal remains at two sites in Poland this summer.  



Helen Damico Memorial Spring Lecture Series

“Re-Envisioning the Middle Ages,” the 2nd Annual Helen Damico Memorial Lecture Series and the 36th Spring Lecture Series hosted by UNM’s Institute for Medieval Studies, will offer a compelling four-day event that will span the fields of Art History, Literature and Theatre, History and Archeology. It will be taking place April 25-28, 2022 in George Pearl Hall each evening beginning at 6pm.  

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


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.