Friday, May 18, 2012

Kalamazoo 2013 Ideas

The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages is now in the planning stages for two sponsored sessions for inclusion at next year's International Congress on Medieval Studies:
  • Medieval-themed television since 2007 (the date of our last sessions on the topic)
  • The impact of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings on Medieval Studies
Interested individuals should email us at of their willingness to present and/or preside. Please use "Kalamazoo 2013" as your subject line. Please reply by 25 May 2012 as our proposals will be completed over the weekend. 

The Medieval Review

I just realized that I had never provided a link to The Medieval Review on the blog.

Begun in 1993 (!), The Medieval Review (originally the Bryn Mawr Medieval Review) provides timely reviews of works of scholarship, editions and translations of interest to medievalists. The e-journal can be accessed online at and/or received via email per the instructions on the website.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

CCRI Modern-Day Knights

I came across this information about modern-day knights on the website for the Community College of Rhode Island (

The CCRI Knight account is about to become your new best friend!

What is the Knight account?

CCRI students have a login account called the Knight account. This account is used to login to MyCCRI, Blackboard, lab and library computers, and gain access to print management, wireless services and e-mail. These computer resources are essential to your College experience. 

Why is it called the Knight account?

When the Community College of Rhode Island launched its athletic program in 1965, the “Knight” became the official college mascot. The mascot symbolizes many different elements of the college community. A multi-color plume represents the diversity of CCRI students; the shield represents the State of Rhode Island; the knight, steed and armor stands for the commuting CCRI student and the knowledge and experience that will carry them into future success. The final element, the lance, represents the implements or tools used to achieve success.
Although not stated here, the name itself derives from that fact that the first campus of the college (then called Rhode Island Junior College) was built on the remains of the Knight Estate in Warwick, Rhode Island, part of a vast tract of land held by textile magnate Robert Knight (1826–1912), who, at the time of his death, was heralded by The New York Times as the "largest owner of cotton mills in the world" with a number of mills across the state. Knight, along with his brother Benjamin Brayton (1813–1898) owned the internationally renowned B. B. and R. Knight Company (founded in 1852), and he conceived of the Fruit of the Loom brand (now owned by Hanes) in 1851. In October 1964, Royal Webster Knight, Robert Knight's great grandson, was looking to get rid of the property and gave it to the college, and the location was referred to as the Knight Campus, after their family. The Knight Campus itself, an all-inclusive structure, was opened in September 1972, while the former home of the Knight family (at one point the home of Rhode Island Governor William Sprague) became (and still serves as) the residence of the college's president beginning in 1978. 

Further details from Wikipedia:

And, especially, The Warwick Rhode Island Digital History Project: