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Oct. 19, 2005

Distinguished Medievalist, A Former UI Faculty Member, To Visit Oct. 24-25

A distinguished former University of Iowa faculty member will return to campus Oct. 24 and 25 for two public lectures and to meet with current students and faculty. Giles Constable, noted medievalist and emeritus faculty member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, will speak on "Carolingian Monasticism as Seen in the Plan of St. Gall" on Monday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in room 302 Schaeffer Hall. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, he will discuss, "The Fourth Crusade," at 4 p.m. in room 107 English-Philosophy Building.

Constable began his career at the University of Iowa 50 years ago after receiving his doctorate from Harvard University. He left the UI to return to Harvard where he proceeded to publish a series of important books and studies and to establish himself as a hard-working and eminent scholar and mentor for many young medievalists. Current UI history professors Connie Berman and Katherine Tachau see themselves among those whose careers he helped foster.

Throughout his long and distinguished career, he has published more than 20 books in the area of medieval religious and intellectual history, including "Monastic Tithes from their Origins to the Twelfth Century" (1964), "The Letters of Peter the Venerable" (2 vols.,1967), "Medieval Monasticism: A Select Bibliography" (1976), "People and Power in Byzantium" (with Alexander Kazhdan, 1982), "Three Studies in Medieval Religious and Social Thought" (1995), and "The Reformation of the Twelfth Century" (1996), as well as more than a hundred scholarly articles, most of which have been reprinted in five volumes.

His Oct. 24 lecture on the famous Carolingian "Plan of St. Gall," describes an idealized sketch of a monastic enclave discovered inside the binding of a medieval manuscript, which includes names of vegetables in the kitchen garden and the arrangement of beds in the monastic dormitory. His Oct. 25 lecture on the Crusades is an opportunity to hear from a scholar who has devoted more than half a century of study to the topic.

Constable's visit to the UI is sponsored by the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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