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March 2018

Guest Lecture at Appalachian State University

March 19, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Appalachian State University Boone, NC United States + Google Map

Paul will be giving a guest lecture at Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina. More details to come!

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October 2018

“Misusing the Middle Ages: Disarming a Weaponized Past”

October 3, 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Catholic University, 323 Pryzbyla University Center
Washington, DC United States
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In this talk, Paul B. Sturtevant – author of the recent book, The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film and Medievalism – will discuss misappropriations of the medieval past, and how a fuller view of the complexities of the medieval world offers a vastly different picture.

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January 2020

Medieval History: Fact vs. Fiction

January 16, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Ripley Cener, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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People love the Middle Ages. But do they really know them? The period still lives all around us today, reflected in re-enactment groups and Renaissance faires, global-phenomenon television shows such as Game of Thrones and Vikings, and best-selling games like Chivalry or The Witcher. But popular culture presents a skewed version of the medieval past, with even “accurate” depictions often based on outdated preconceptions of this thousand years of history. Medievalist Paul B. Sturtevant, author of The Middle Ages in…

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July 2020

IMS in Conversation: The Devil’s Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past

July 28, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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On Tuesday 28 July, the IMS will host an interview with Paul B. Sturtevant and Amy F. Kaufman on their latest publication, 'The Devil's Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past'. This session is the latest instalment of the Institute for Medieval Studies’ highly successful new series, IMS in Conversation. These sessions take the form of informal Tuesday evening conversations on staff members' recent books. Amy S. Kaufman and Paul B. Sturtevant will discuss their latest publication, The Devil's Historians: How…

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August 2020

The Public Medievalist on Twitch | Episode 2, Kingdom Come: Deliverance

August 27, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

Join Paul B. Sturtevant in another foray into Twitch, where he will be playing and discussing Kingdom Come: Deliverance. KC:D is a controversial game. This is because its head writer and director has come out publicly in support of the proto-"alt-right" "GamerGate" conspiracy theory, and has regularly touted the idea that his game is perfectly "historically accurate" while also mocking the very idea that people of color existed in the Middle Ages. We're going to get into all of it.…

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November 2020

Going Medieval: How Pop Culture Reflects the Past

November 12, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm EST
Online Event

The Middle Ages are everywhere in our popular culture. Come see Smithsonian medievalist and sociologist Paul B. Sturtevant unpack what the Middle Ages means to modern society.

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