Professor Dan Terkla

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 counterpart.

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.

By Mallika Kavadi ’15