|What do racism, nationalism, ethnocentrism, and misogyny have in common? It's the Middle Ages. Throughout modern history, individuals have sought to reinterpret the Middle Ages in order to justify these things and much more. How can this happen? Aren't facts just facts? Why does interpretation matter? As it so happens, popular media, politicians, and historians have throughout time repurposed, invented, and manipulated the Middle Ages by highlighting certain facts and downplaying or ignoring others.
We within the Soceity also interpret and reinterpret various elements from this period in history. It is vital to the future of the Soceity to discuss how and why we do this in contrast and comparsion to other organizations.
This class will discuss two texts in conjunction: _The Devil's Historians_ by Kaufman and Sturtevant and _Inventing the Middle Ages_ by Norman Cantor. Students need not have read these books but they will provide the framework for discussion.