History professor Patty Limerick will play “University Fool” on Wednesday for April Fool’s Day, putting on face paint and holding court on campus in honor of a medieval tradition.
Limerick will appear on a “throne” in the University Memorial Center’s fountain area from 11 a.m. until about 1 p.m. The University Fool will award licenses to those who come to talk with her. She will be near a sign stating: The University Fool Is Eager to Receive Petitions Requests for Consolation and Encouragement and Confessions.
In case of inclement weather, Limerick will move inside the UMC.
Limerick was named CU-Boulder’s official University Fool in 1988 by former CU President Gordon Gee, and held similar positions at Harvard and Yale universities, where she previously taught. She performs the role to remind people to lighten up and not take themselves too seriously, according to a news release.
Limerick is the faculty director and board chair of the CU-Boulder Center of the American West.