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Bonnie Wheeler receives Singular Praise

Dedman College News – At the May 2023 International Congress on Medieval Studies (WMU, Kalamazoo MI), the world’s largest medieval conference, SMU faculty member
Bonnie Wheeler photo Bonnie Wheeler (English and Medieval Studies) received a multitude of honors for her lifelong contributions to Medieval Studies. First, she was awarded the 2023 Medieval Foremother Prize for her extensive publications and support for research on medieval women. Two conference sessions were offered for this honor, one emphasizing “Women and Authority in Medieval Literature” (including a paper on “Medieval Divas: Between Passion and Power” presented by former SMU colleague Irina Dumitrescu) and another on “Medieval Foremothers and their Afterlives.” Next, she was honored by two sessions given by some of the alumnae of the prestigious Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship, which was founded in her honor and which she shaped to provide aid to mid-career women medievalists. A set of sessions organized by the national committee on teaching medieval studies (TEAMS), entitled Magistra Doctissima: Celebrating Professor Bonnie Wheeler’s Contributions to Medieval Studies, included her former SMU doctoral student Dr. Charles Wuest as one of the four speakers. TEAMS has now founded a national “Bonnie Wheeler Outstanding Professor Award” to be presented annually at the International Congress on Medieval Studies.