Augsburg College Takes Interdisciplinary Approach to Medieval Studies

MPR: Thirty freshmen in a Medieval Connections class at Augsburg College in Minneapolis are "pretending to be students in a medieval class learning about medieval students in a university." The class, in which the students are dressed in academic robes, blends medieval social conventions with contemporary teaching methods. The classes (timed with an hourglass) "connect every aspect of medieval life together, like the music, the art, the swords, the soldiers," says student Maria Powers.

Because the class is set prior to the invention of the printing press, the students must go to the one class textbook &emdash; chained to a lectern in the campus library &emdash; and must be dressed in their academic robes when studying from the textbook.

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