This symposium, aimed primarily at bringing together scholars and journalists, will explore some aspects of popular contemporary nostalgia for the Middle Ages, specifically the Crusades and ideas about Race. Recently, scholars and journalists alike have begun to discuss the appropriation of medieval imagery - the "Deus Vult" cross, Viking nostalgia, etc. - by white supremacists groups, such as the so-called "Alt Right." Discussions here will center around where those ideas come from, what the real Middle Ages was like, how universities are reacting to this newfound interest, and how these modern groups are themselves evolving. Speakers will include scholars working on the Crusade, the Middle Ages and Race, and national journalists of the political right.