CSLA and Medieval Studies Launch New Website: Middle Ages for Educators

December 14, 2020
Middle Ages for Educators is designed for teachers, students, and members of the broader public who want to learn about Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (c. 300-1500 C.E.), this website provides resources for both teaching and research.

The Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity and the Program in Medieval Studies proudly announce the launch of a new website, MAFE: Middle Ages for Educators. MAFE is aimed at university and secondary students and educators and, more broadly, at anyone who is interested in studying, teaching, or learning more about Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

MAFE was founded in early April 2020 by Merle Eisenberg (History), Sara McDougall (John Jay College; CUNY), and Laura Morreale (Georgetown University), three scholars of late antiquity and the Middle Ages. The initial impetus behind MAFE was the widespread and urgent need for freely-available, quality resources that emerged as Covid-19 forced the great mass of the US’s students into remote learning. The response to MAFE was enthusiastic—over 25,000 people from around the world made use of the site in its first few months of existence alone. 

In the summer of 2020, MAFE’s founders began conversations about a potential collaboration with Princeton’s Medieval Studies Program and Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity.  Subsequently, with the support of Princeton’s Humanities Council, MAFE’s entire website was re-designed and moved to university servers. Spearheading this effort were Jill Moraca and Robert Ivan and their team from Princeton’s Web Development Services

The new MAFE website contains expanded offerings—course syllabi, resources, videos, tools, podcasts on late antique and medieval histories from East Asia over the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and the North Atlantic, and more. Based on the tremendous impact and outreach of MAFE’s first incarnation, the organizers anticipate that the new, expanded site will reach an even wider audience of specialists and non-specialists alike.

In the future, MAFE will add new materials and features to become a “one-stop shop” for those—students, teachers, or interested non-specialists—who are curious about the rich human societies of the late antique and medieval worlds. MAFE organizers welcome any ideas, projects, presentations, podcasts, videos, maps, resources, or tools that students, teachers, or other users would like to see on the website.

For any questions or suggestions, please contact: 

Laura Morreale (Georgetown University): lmorreale3@gmail.com 
Sara McDougall (John Jay College; CUNY): sara.ann.mcdougall@gmail.com
Merle Eisenberg (History): merlee@princeton.edu  
Jack Tannous (History):  jtannous@princeton.edu 
Helmut Reimitz (History; Medieval Studies): hreimitz@princeton.edu  

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