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March 1, 2006

Expert On Pilgrimage, Medieval Spanish Literature To Visit UI March 8-10

George Greenia, a professor of medieval Spanish literature at the College of William and Mary, will take part in several presentations across the University of Iowa campus during a visit March 8-10.

Except for a March 9 discussion intended for humanities students, all events are free and open to the public.

Greenia is founding editor of "American Pilgrim," a new magazine dedicated to the Camino de Santiago (road to Santiago) and to pilgrimage in general. A leading figure in medieval Spanish studies and expert in medieval manuscripts, Greenia regularly takes student groups on the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route to the Santiago de Compostela, a cathedral in northwestern Spain.

Greenia's visit will begin with a talk at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, titled "Sacred Steps: Medieval Pilgrimage, Modern Motives" in W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building at the corner of Clinton and Market streets. Greenia will give a multi-media lecture about the Camino de Santiago and distribute free copies of "American Pilgrim" to the audience.

At noon Thursday, March 9, Greenia will offer students of the humanities tips on getting published in academic journals in Room 304 of the English Philosophy Building on South Iowa Avenue. Greenia is a long-time editor of "La corónica," the most important journal of medieval Spanish studies in the United States.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, March 9, he will give a presentation titled "Why Paint in Books? A Taxonomy of Motives for Illuminated Manuscripts" in Room 70 of Van Allen Hall at the corner of Jefferson and Dubuque streets.

On Friday, March 10, Greenia will be one of several guests on KSUI's "Know the Score LIVE," which will be broadcast live at 5 p.m. from the UI Museum of Art. Greenia will be joined by Chris Merrill, director of the UI International Writing Program; Diana Cate, UI associate professor in Religious Studies; Jon Wilcox, UI professor of English; and host Joan Kjaer, to explore the mystery of pilgrimage. The program, which will air live on KSUI 97.1 FM, will be rebroadcast at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. More information about this event is available at

Greenia's visit is sponsored by the UI Medieval Studies Program, International Programs, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences departments of Spanish and Portuguese, English, history, religious studies, art and art history, and the UI Center for the Book.

More information about Greenia is available online at

For more information about Greenia's UI visit, contact Prof. Denise Filios at 319-335-3451, or by email at

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