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Chaucer Celebration

The ASU Department of English's biennial Chaucer Celebration commemorates the life and work of medieval author Geoffrey Chaucer with events such as film festivals, concerts, performances, and academic discussions.

2022: Eighth Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration  |  PDF icon Event poster

Chaucer Returns to the Movies

Header image of Chaucer in a movie theatre / Photo illustration from archival images by Kristen LaRue-Sandler

Schedule of 2022 public events

All events are free of charge, open to the public, and take place on ASU's Tempe campus.

Wednesday, April 6

Lecture: Chaucer and Da 5 Bloods 
4:30 - 5:45 p.m. (reception 3:45 p.m.), Hayden Library 236

Larry Scanlon, Professor of English, Rutgers University, discusses Chaucer and film, race and avarice, and the legacy of Chaucer’s Pardoner’s Tale.

Thursday, April 7

Ceremony: Chaucer Video Contest Awards
9 - 10:30 a.m., Memorial Union 230

2022 contest winners will be announced and winning entries shown.

Exhibit: Chaucer Rare Books
11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Hayden Library 135

ASU Library’s Special Collections has a trove of early printed editions of Geoffrey Chaucer’s texts. Following an overview of the Chaucer holdings, you’ll have the opportunity to examine them personally.

Screening: A Knight's Tale (2001)
4:30 - 8:30 p.m., ISTB4 Marston Theater

The film, which was written and directed by Brian Helgeland and stars Heath Ledger as William Thatcher, Shannyn Sossamon as Jocelyn, and Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucer, will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with featured speaker, Keith Phipps, noted film critic and author of Age of Cage (Holt: 2022).


Video Contest Guidelines

1st Prize—high school students: $500  |  1st PrizeASU students: $500  |  More prizes TBA

As part of the ASU Chaucer Celebration 2022: "Chaucer Returns to the Movies," we invite high school students in the Phoenix metro area and ASU undergraduates in good standing to submit an original film. Specifically, we're looking for a video—no more than 5 minutes long—of a scene from one of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer.


  • The submission must be or contain your original video of a scene from one of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Submissions can be a maximum of 5 minutes long and must contain the names of every person appearing in the video. Contestants are responsible for any licensing of images or copyrighted material used in their videos. We prefer work that is suitable for most adult audiences, and would likely be rated PG-13 or TV-14.
  • You must be a high school student in the Phoenix metro area (including Ahwatukee and the East Valley cities) or an ASU undergraduate in good standing.
  • You must be in attendance (in person or via Zoom) at the awards ceremony at ASU-Tempe on Thursday, April 7, 2022, 9:00-10:30 a.m. (Memorial Union Pima Auditorium). Your award-winning video will be shown to all those assembled at the awards ceremony.
  • Your video must be available only at Vimeo, YouTube, or your video blog, where it must be publicly accessible. Include the URL for it on our submission page by March 20, 2022 with your name, email contact, name of high school or ASU student ID number, and telephone number (minors must include the name, email address, and telephone number of a parent or guardian who can grant permission for the video to be reposted in public). You, or your parent/guardian must also click the button allowing us to share and report the video. Winners will be notified before the awards ceremony.
  • Every person appearing in the video must sign an ASU Release Form. You can upload signed forms to the submission page. Awards will be withheld until all release forms are received.

ASU sponsors of the 2022 Chaucer Celebration include the Dean of Humanities in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of English and its Creative Writing Program, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, ASU Library, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Institute for Humanities Research, Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Submit your video entry

For further information, contact Professor Richard Newhauser, Department of English: Richard.Newhauser@asu.edu

Download printable video contest flyer: PDF icon asu-chaucer-film-contest-2022-poster-update-aug-2021.pdf

2020: Seventh Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

Chaucer Goes to the Movies: April 16, 2020  |  PDF icon asu-chaucer-film-contest-2019-poster-updated-2020-final.pdf

Film contest winners
First Prize: ASU Undergraduate Film

The Pardoner's Tale (Short Film). Directed by Quincy Ray Barham. Starring Isaiah Lara, Nathan Merck, and Canyon DiMare.

Second Prize: ASU Undergraduate Film

The Cook's Tale. Written by Claudia Deley and Briyannah E. Simmons. Directed by Briyannah E. Simmons. Edited by Ross Holding. Starring Patrick D. Surface-Grimsley, Lucas Dern, David Huff, Eric Davis, and Briyannah E. Simmons.

First Prize: High School Student Film

The Knight's Tale: Combat Between Palamon and Arcite. Written by Sebastian Owens. Directed by Sebastian Owens and Suzanna Anderson. Starring Elias Enriquez, Tanner French, and Sebastian Owens.

2018: Sixth Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

Twenty-First-Century Chaucer: March 23, 2018  |  PDF icon chaucerflyer2018.pdf    |    ASU Now story

2016: Fifth Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

The Art(s) of Being Geoffrey Chaucer: March 18, 2016  |  chaucerflyer2016final.pdf

2014: Fourth Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

Chaucerian Comedy and the Senses (of Humor): April 18, 2014  |  chaucercelebration14.pdf

2012: Third Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

Chaucer's England—Sights, Sounds, Poetry: March 30, 2012  |  chaucer12revised.pdf

2010: Second Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

Chaucer and Religion: April 1-2, 2010  |  chaucerflyer10final.pdf

2009: First ASU Chaucer Celebration

Chaucer's New Easter Clothes Day: April 3, 2009  |  chaucer_program_09.pdf

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