The noted Medieval historian and scholar Thomas Madden, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at St. Louis University and author of influential works on the Crusades and the Inquisition, sent me notice of an exciting upcoming event.

Next week at SLU The Crusade Studies Forum is presenting several public lectures on the Crusades:

Public Lectures

4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
February 17, 18, and 19

The Crusades Studies Forum is pleased to announce a series of lectures entitled Crusades: Medieval Worlds in Conflict on the late afternoon and evenings of February 17, 18, and 19. These lectures are free and open to the public. If you have an interest in the history of the Crusades or the Medieval Mediterranean world, then we invite you to attend any or all of these fascinating lectures.

Crusades: Medieval Worlds in Conflict lectures are sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, and the Departments of Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy, and Theological Studies.

All Public Lectures will be held in the Pere Marquette Gallery, Dubourg Hall, Second Floor. (Next to College Church on Grand Blvd. and Lindell Ave.)
221 N. Grand Blvd., St Louis, MO 63103

Parking is available at the Laclede Parking Garage on Laclede Avenue between Grand and Spring Avenue. There is also limited metered parking on Laclede Ave.

Walking from Laclede Parking Garage turn right until reaching Grand Ave and then proceed north on Grand Ave. DuBourg Hall is on your left just before reaching College Church.

Campus Map (pdf)

These lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, please call the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at 314-977-7180.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

4:00 p.m. Welcome
Thomas F. Madden, Director, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

4:15-5:45 Muslim Treatment of Dhimmis Prior to the First Crusade: A Reality Check
Marina Rustow, Emory University

5:45-6:30 Coffee Service

6:30-8:00 Caffaro of Genoa and the Motives of Early Crusaders
Jonathan Phillips, Royal Holloway, University of London

Thursday, February 18, 2010

4:00-5:30 Islamizing Jerusalem: The Foundation of the Muslim Quarter
and the Creation of the “Via Dolorosa”
Ronnie Ellenblum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

5:30-6:30 Coffee Service

6:30-8:00 Reflection of the Crusades in Medieval Turkish Popular Epics
Ahmet T. Karamustafa, Washington University

Friday, February 19, 2010

4:30-6:00 A Medieval Siege of Troy: The Fight to the Death at Acre,
John H. Pryor, University of Sydney

6:00-6:30 Coffee Service

6:30-8:00 Constantinople Conquered: A Comparative Damage Assessment of 1204 and 1453
Michael Angold, University of Edinburgh