Western Michigan University issued the following press release: Kalamazoo County residents and members of the Western Michigan University community may attend the 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies for free if they register online or in person at the Miller Auditorium ticket office by April 15. Register now at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/registration.html
WMU's Medieval Congress is one of the world's largest annual gatherings of people interested in the Middle Ages. This year's event will take place Thursday through Sunday, May 7-10.
Despite the economic downturn, congress organizers do not expect the 2009 event to experience a downturn in attendance. Some 3,000 people showed up for last year's congress, so those interested in attending this year for free are encouraged to register before the deadline.
The event will include more than 600 sessions featuring the presentation of scholarly papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and musical and dramatic performances.
In addition, the exhibits hall will be filled with nearly 70 publishers, used book dealers, purveyors of medieval sundries and other vendors. There also will be some 90 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations and institutions.
County residents and WMU community members who do not take advantage of the free online and in-person registration options may register after April 15, but they will be assessed a $50 late fee. Those without Internet access may register by mail or fax for a nominal handling fee.
Visit WMU's Medieval Congress online to register or obtain more information. For information about registering by mail or fax, call (269) 387-8745.
For more information about the Congress, please see our special Medievalists.net section.