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2011 Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Raymond Cormier honored at International Congress on Medieval Studies.

May 24, 2011

Dr. Raymond Cormier with the participants in two sessions organized in his honor at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies.
Dr. Raymond Cormier with the participants in two sessions organized in his honor at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies. The photo was taken by Dr. Patricia Cormier, former Longwood president.

Dr. Raymond Cormier, first gent emeritus and former visiting professor of French, was honored at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, held May 12-15 in Kalamazoo, Mich. A group called the Ovidian Society (Societas Ovidiana) organized two sessions in his honor on the afternoon of May 14. During these two sessions, some seven scholarly papers, all devoted to the aspects of Ovid in the Middle Ages, were presented. "The Ovidian Society is a loosely-affiliated group that meets at Kalamazoo every May," he said. "The aim is to sponsor at least two sessions - to promote interest in the Roman poet. His influence abides!"

Dr. Cormier, a medieval scholar, has over the years attended about half of these conferences, sponsored by the Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University, which annually draw 2,000 to 4,000 medieval specialists from around the world. Dr. Cormier, who lives now in Carrboro, N.C., is currently teaching part-time at Duke University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. His class of eight students is reading the "Tristan and Iseult" medieval romance, and for the fall session he has proposed a class on "Medieval Irish and Welsh literature - ancient Irish sagas and Welsh texts from the earliest times."