Students gain hands-on experience with replica manuscripts
For about a month every other year, graduate students from across the United States come to The University of New Mexico to learn about thousand-year-old manuscripts from the other side of the world. The class, Paleography & Codicology: A Seminar in Medieval Manuscript Studies, offers students a rare opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge from an internationally recognized expert on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
“There are very few places in North America that offer this kind of training in manuscript studies to graduate students,” said Timothy Graham, professor in UNM’s Department of History and the seminar’s instructor. “The main reason for that is because most professors in medieval literature or medieval history, in North America, have not had a chance to work first hand with these kinds of materials for any extended period of time.” Professor Timothy Graham UNM Professor Timothy Graham's biennial seminar on medieval manuscripts is one of only a few like it in North America.
And that’s exactly the kind of expertise Graham brings to the Southwest after holding a research position at the University of Cambridge in his home country of England before moving to the U.S. in 1995. The biennial seminar is one of only about a half dozen like it offered in North America, according to Graham. Its rarity attracts top-ranked graduate students from institutions like UNM, Yale University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Missouri, Arizona State University and the University of Oregon, just to name a few.