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October 19, 2006

Dr. Marcia Colish, Historian and Visiting Professor at Yale, Delivers Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, "The Medieval University"

Lecture to be Held 4-5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26

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BALTIMORE – The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) proudly presents a lecture, “The Medieval University,” to be delivered at 4 p.m., Oct. 26 by Dr. Marcia Colish, a visiting fellow at Yale University whose field of expertise is medieval and Renaissance intellectual history.

The lecture is part of the series offered by the Phi Beta Kappa Scholar Program, which makes available each year 12 or more distinguished scholars who visit 100 colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa.

The lecture is sponsored collectively by Phi Beta Kappa, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English and offered with the cooperation of the Humanities Center.

The 1-hour lecture will be delivered in Lecture Hall 7 in the ITE Building at UMBC. A reception follows in ITE Room 456. Visitors may park at the Hilltop Parking Lot or on the metered visitors’ lot, Lot 10.

The university exists today from a foundation that originated during the Middle Ages. Corlish will assess the administrative structures, curricula, and working conditions for professors during that time. Such an examination suggests both the parallels between the modern and medieval university and the perils of viewing them through the lens of contemporary expectations and concerns.

Colish was named the Frederic B. Arts Professor of History at Oberlin in 1985, having joined the faculty in 1963. She is now professor emerita and has been a visiting fellow at Yale since 2001. She is the author of Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 400-1400; Ambrose’s Patriarchs: Ethics for the Common Man; and The Stoic Tradition from Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages.

Posted by mlurie at October 19, 2006 10:08 AM