Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MAM in Duluth: Conference Information




(BL Harley MS. 978 – public domain image)


All sessions will take place on The College of St. Scholastica main campus. Founded in 1912 by the Benedictine community of St. Scholastica, the College strives to prepare students for the future by fusing liberal learning with professional training. The monastic community continues to sponsor and play an active part in the College’s development as the College honors its past, rooted in the medieval Benedictine tradition, while educating students in the present for a future of service to their communities and the world. The sisters of St. Scholastica join the College faculty in welcoming you to the campus in October.

Registration will be in the Mitchell Auditorium Foyer. Friday’s plenary address will be in the Mitchell Auditorium; Saturday’s plenary address will be in the Science Auditorium. Friday’s reception and banquet will be in Somers Lounge; Saturday’s reception and dinner will be in the Heritage Dining Room. Paper sessions will be either in Tower Hall or the Science Building.


All those presenting at the MAM Annual Conference must be members of MAM. If you have not yet joined, please send your check with the membership form (printable PDF available here) to Kristie Bixby at the address on the form. If you are not certain about your current membership status, simply contact Kristie at Kristie.Bixby@wichita.edu.


Registration will be available online by early September via the Conference website (currently under construction: you will be notified when it is launched). The conference registration fee is $60.00 for regular MAM members and $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.


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 (https://www.skylineshuttle.com/) offers round-trip service to Duluth from the M/SP airport for $68 (takes 2.5-3 hours).
  • Bus: Jefferson Line (www.jeffersonlines.com) 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 and proceed 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 and proceed 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.


The College’s neighborhood is largely residential. The nearest accommodation is about a ten-minute drive. Duluth’s picturesque downtown/Canal Park area is about a fifteen-minute drive.

A block of rooms has been set aside for conference participants at the following two locations near the airport and the College. Each is about a ten-minute drive from campus. For either option, ask for the Medieval Association of the Midwest/St. Scholastica Conference when you make your reservation. Please note respective “reserve by” dates as they come early.

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 Booking.com, Expedia.com, or Kayak.com.


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. This event will be our only scheduled activity on the 6th and may be of interest to those arriving early. Our first plenary address, too, 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. For more information, see http://champ.d.umn.edu/shakespeares-first-folio.

“MUSIC FROM SHAKESPEARE’S TIME AND PLAYS” – The College of St. Scholastica
Mitchell Auditorium, CSS, Saturday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. As part of the Folger Library’s First Folio Exhibit, and in conjunction with 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. (Those of you who were here in 2000 when CSS hosted MAM for the 16th Annual Conference will perhaps remember Shelley Gruskin’s interactive plenary address, “Saint Gregory’s Bird and Other Music from the Sky,” on early music and instruments.)


Voted Outside magazine’s Best Town Ever in 2014 (http://www.outsideonline.com/1928016/16-best-places-live-us-2014), 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. In addition to enjoying the conference’s heady atmosphere, the First Folio Exhibit’s historical insights, and the Early Music Group’s artistic performance, you may want to carve out some time to get outside. With a little luck, fall colors could very well be at their peak on our weekend.

Conference Organizer
William Hodapp
Professor of English
Coordinator, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The College of St. Scholastica
whodapp@css.edu (best means of contact)