October 2018, the Department of History at The University of Alabama partnered with the University of Dresden to present the conference “Religious Life, Elites, and Medieval Culture.” The conference ran from 17-20 October and included speakers from across the U.S. and Europe discussing the identity and significance of elites in the Medieval context. The conference was organized by our own Dr. James Mixson and Dresden’s Prof. Gert Melville, who led the opening talk and closing roundtable. Dr. John Van Engen of Notre Dame gave the keynote address. Following the closing discussion, many of the participating faculty had a traditional southern dinner at Dreamland Bar-B-Que. Our faculty even taught the visiting faculty the University of Alabama cheer, and ended the conference in an international “Roll Tide!”
The Department of History is proud of the success of this conference, and we would like to thank everyone who was involved with this pioneering conference. We hope our visitors had a profitable stay here, and we hope to see them again!