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Experiential Learning: Field Trips

Field trips

Most courses in medieval studies include at least one field trip.

Prof van Liere shows bookFor example in January 2012, as part of IDIS 306 Introduction to Medieval Studies, we visited the Waldo Library at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo. The Waldo Library houses a great collection of medieval manuscripts belonging to the Cistercian Institute at WMU. There were given on permanent loan by Dom Edmund Obrecht, a former abbot of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, in 1973.

Some of the highlights we got to see included a thirteenth-century copy of the sermons of Bernard of Clairvaux and two beautifully illuminated liturgical manuscripts dating from the twelfth and thirteenth century.

Recent field trips

Medieval studies students have recently gone to

  • The Newberry Library in Chicago
  • St. Gregory's Abbey in Three Rivers, MI
  • The Waldo Library at WMU in Kalamazoo, MI
  • The Arts Institute in Chicago