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March 28, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: HopCat Detroit
4265 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Pull up a stool, grab a drink and learn something new.

For seven books and seven seasons, audiences have followed infighting, intrigue and incest as the Great Houses contest for the Iron Throne of Westeros in George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” series. Along with J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” Game of Thrones has encouraged a resurgence in interest in high fantasy and its roots in the European Middle Ages. Thanks to Martin and Tolkien, we have “GoTten medieval” in the 21st century. What, though, does it mean to say “medieval” when we talk about fantasy?

With the eighth and final season just around the corner, join Hilary Fox, assistant professor in Wayne State’s Department of English, for the latest Knowledge on Tap on March 28 at HopCat Detroit’s Huma Room. Seating begins at 5 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Fox will discuss Martin’s medieval inspirations and what thinking about Game of Thrones as medieval fantasy can tell us about how we understand the Middle Ages today.

Fox’s major area of research is how people in early medieval England thought about moral education, ethics and what it meant to be a good human being. Her classroom work ranges from exploring medieval concepts of romantic love to connections between the Middle Ages and the present day — including, of course, popular culture and medieval images in political discourse.

Knowledge on Tap consists of live — and lively — discussions with some of Detroit’s greatest minds. The events feature an informal presentation by one of Wayne State’s renowned faculty members on a topic of their choice, followed by dynamic conversation. All Knowledge on Tap events are free, open to the public and require no educational background. All ages are welcome.

For more information about this event, please contact Shawn Wright at 313-577-4562 or