The Carolingian era—best known for Emperor Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor—and its lasting impact on Europe will be the topic of the 14th annual Marco Symposium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, March 24-25. Charlemagne (d. 814 CE) united much of western and central Europe and is credited with laying the political and cultural foundations for what would eventually become modern France and Germany. The period during which Charlemagne and his successors ruled is known as the Carolingian era. The Symposium will investigate how the Carolingians used cultural, intellectual, religious, social, literary, political, and military experimentation to change their world. The two-day event will also include discussions about what experimental methodologies, theoretical approaches, and alternative literary forms today's scholars might use to shed light on and write about the Carolingians. All Symposium lectures on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, are free and open to the public. Most sessions will be held in the Great Room of the UT International House, 1623 Melrose Ave. Paul Dutton, professor of history at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, will deliver the keynote address, "Four Startling Carolingian Experiments with Family," at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd. This year's program includes speakers from UT, the University of British Columbia, the University of Arkansas, the University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, Princeton University, the University of South Florida, Pacific University and NYU.