Terkla to Present "Lunch and Learn" on Medieval Maps
March 26, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University Professor of English Dan Terkla will present “Furnishing the Soul: Medieval Maps, Meditation & Metaphor”
April 9 at the McLean County Museum of History. Terkla’s presentation is part of the
Lunch and Learn series offered in partnership by McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Wesleyan
University and Collaborative Solutions Institute.
Terkla, who has a Ph.D. in comparative literature and medieval studies from the University
of Southern California, is a medievalist whose research includes the 720-year-old
world map in England’s Hereford Cathedral. He is also known internationally for his
scholarly contributions to the study of The Bayeaux Tapestry, including two books
and dozens of articles on the subject.
For his Lunch and Learn presentation, Terkla provides a new context for thinking about
how some world maps from the 12th and 13th centuries were used. He argues these maps
worked in concert with the architectural layouts and furnishings of Gothic churches
to guide visitors through the terrestrial realm while pointing them toward its celestial
The session begins at 12:10 p.m. in the museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom. Attendees
are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch to the free event.