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 PRINCETON'S MEDIEVAL STUDIES DIRECTOR DR. WILLIAM JORDAN TO OPEN SEMINAR SERIES 

 

SPOTLIGHT

10/7/2002

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

PRINCETON’S MEDIEVAL STUDIES DIRECTOR DR. WILLIAM JORDAN TO OPEN

SEMINAR SERIES AS SRU PREPARES NEW EUROPEAN STUDIES MINOR

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Dr. William Jordan, director of Princeton University’s Program in Medieval Studies and an nationally recognized expert in the field, will detail “The Making of Europe” when he addresses the Slippery Rock University community as the first speaker in a faculty seminar series planned as part of the university’s development of a European studies minor.

The speaker program is funded by a $174,524 U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant awarded SRU last spring as part of its “European Studies Undergraduate Program Development: Gateway to an International Curriculum” undertaking. The address will be presented at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31in the Eisenberg Classroom Building Auditorium. A public reception is planned for 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 30 in SRU’s Russell Wright Alumni House, and during his campus visit, Jordon will also meet with faculty and students in medieval studies, administrators and those involved with the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Achievement and Human Development.

 A Princeton medieval history doctoral graduate, Jordan holds numerous fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson, Ford, Danforth, Mellon and Rockefeller foundations. He was elected Medieval Academy of America fellow in 1997 and earlier this year received the Princeton’s Presidential Distinguished Teaching Award.

 His most recent books include “Ideology and Royal Power in Medieval France: Kingship, Crusades and the Jews,” published by Ashgate, and “Europe in the High Middle Ages, 1000-1350,” published by Penguin. He is editor-in-chief of the “Dictionary of the Middle Ages,” “The Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia for Students” and “The Middle Ages: A Watts Guide for Children.” He is working on a biography of Jacques de Thérines, a professor and Cistercian controversialist, theologian and abbot of the 13th /14th century, who was involved in political and religious crises of the time.

 SRU’s new minor is being designed to broaden both international and on-campus studies and travel opportunities related to Europe. The program, which is expected to take two years to implement, includes revamping a number of courses to allow for intensive study of Europe, including its history, geography, philosophies and cultures. 

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