HPU Instructor Of English Presents Paper At Nashville Conference


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 30, 2009 – Karen C. Summers, instructor of English at High Point University, recently presented a paper, titled “‘Non schal wedden of his ken:’ Knowing and Unknowing and the Problem of Incest,” at the SEMA (Southeastern Medieval Association) annual conference at Vanderbilt University.

The conference, which provides a forum for the exchange of research and information in the study of the Middle Ages, was held Oct. 15-17.

Summers discussed the fluidity of the definition of incest in the Middle Ages, and the ways in which this ambiguity reveals a tension between two models of medieval life: the sacred and the secular.

“The medieval era is a fascinating period to study,” Summers says. “I appreciate the support from High Point University which allowed me to attend the conference.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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