Dr. Rusty Neal will speak on the Medieval University in Italy on Friday, February 8. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held at St. George’s Church, 905 Princess Anne Street.
Light refreshments will be offered at 6:30 PM, and the lecture begins at 7 PM. Donations are accepted. Please use the George Street lower entrance. The presentation explores the growth of academia and its importance in the cultural and intellectual life of Medieval Italy. Specifically, the focus of the talk is the University, philosophy, and the seven liberal arts. “The early university not only helped to shape life in the medieval world, but also continues to have a lasting legacy in the modern world,” said Dr. Neal.
Dr. Neal holds a Ph.D. in Nineteenth-Century U.S. history and an M.A. in Medieval history. He is a Professor Emeritus from Morrison University in Reno, Nevada and his specialties include the American Civil War and Early European History. In addition, his wide-ranging historical interests have included significant research and papers on such diverse topics as Dark Ages England and the Ur III Dynasty of ancient Sumer. As the Senior Humanities Professor at Morrison, he taught extensively on the rise of Early Civilizations in Europe and the development of modern culture through such periods as the Renaissance and the Enlightenment.