Coming Friday to Truckee: Arthurian Legends and the Holy Grail |

Coming Friday to Truckee: Arthurian Legends and the Holy Grail

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Since the 12th century, the Holy Grail has assumed the shape of a fish platter, a magical stone, the Cup of the Last Supper, and even a metaphor for any seemingly impossible goal.

Where the grail came from and how it became a key part of the story of King Arthur and his knights will be the focus of Dr. Phil Boardman’s engaging Sierra College Insights presentation from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Friday, May 8.

Drawing on stories, from the first Perceval story to Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code,” art and films, Dr. Boardman, a specialist in medieval literature and the culture of the Middle Ages, promises to provide a visually rich and engaging session.

Dr. Boardman teaches courses in Chaucer, Arthurian literature, the Bible, and Core Humanities at the University of Nevada, Reno.

His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from the University of Nebraska, and he earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Washington. He has made numerous appearances as the Chautauqua characters Geoffrey Chaucer and Sir Thomas Malory.

Dr. Boardman has taught at UNR since 1974 and has won teaching awards from the College of Arts and Science, the University of Nevada, and the Nevada Board of Regents, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching.

He was executive co-producer of the KNPB series, “The Western Traditions Lectures” and is editor of the reader for Core Humanities 201, “Enduring Legacies: Ancient and Medieval Cultures.”

His comprehensive guide to the popular traditions of King Arthur in English, “The Arthurian Annals: The Tradition in English from 1250 to 2000,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2004, and it earned him the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Award for Research.

Reservations are required and can be made at Attendees are invited to socialize and enjoy refreshments sponsored by Starbucks from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

This article was submitted by Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee, located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee. For more information, visit or call -530-550-2225.

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