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Looking Forward

Jay RubensteinWhat an exciting time to become Riggsby Director of Marco! And what an honor to follow in the footsteps of my predecessors, especially Robert Bast, Heather Hirschfeld, and Thomas Burman, who have built such a vibrant community of scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates dedicated to the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Thanks to their accomplishments, the University of Tennessee has gained an international reputation as a leader in our field. I look forward to continuing the traditions they have established with two major events this spring—the Marco Manuscript Workshop, “Envisioning Knowledge,” and the Spring Symposium, “Carolingian Experiences.” We will also be welcoming Professor Martin Aurell from the University of Poitiers in France as our third Lindsay Young Distinguished Visiting Senior Scholar. Thanks to these programs, thanks to the inspired work of my colleagues in Marco and the astonishing achievements of our students, Knoxville truly has become a worldwide crossroads in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. With equal parts humility and delight, I look forward to the rewarding work ahead of us in the coming year!