Camelot Comes Alive
King Arthur reigned again for a few days last October.
More than three dozen of the world's top Arthurian scholars convened at the University for Camelot 2000, an international conference exploring the state of Arthurian studies.
The mythic king has long fascinated popular audiences and scholars alike, and judging by the weekend gathering, the head of the Round Table will continue to intrigue for some time to come.
Alan Lupack, director of the Rossell Hope Robbins Library at the University and president of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society, says the conference provided scholars and educators the opportunity to exchange ideas and see the interconnections between different areas of study.
Arthur's appeal continues to cut a broad swath among scholars and readers of all ages, Lupack notes, because the stories are rooted in universal themes.
"Arthur offers ideals and honor, things people are looking for in every age," he says.
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