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The Graduate School Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies at the University of Maryland (MEM-UM) is a group of interdisciplinary graduate faculty and graduate students from the Departments of Art History, Communication, English, History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, and Theatre who have come together to foster the thickest and most expansive collaborative exploration in the medieval and early modern periods. This formal structure for such collaboration will provide graduate students with a better, broader education and will foster interdisciplinary thinking, a greater diversity and originality of approach, and collegiality. As dissertation projects become increasingly multi-disciplinary in scope, students’ preparation will be better served by the interconnected network of disciplines the members of MEM-UM will facilitate.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of Maryland Graduate School, the Department of English, and the Department of History.
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The fragment reproduced above, the Magdalen reading, is evidently cut from an altarpiece of the Virgin and Child with Saints, painted before 1438 by Rogier van der Weyden. For more information, visit the the National Gallery, London.