For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court University to Host International History Scholar

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 22, 2008—On Thursday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Casino Ballroom on the Lakewood campus, Georgian Court University will host a lecture entitled “Women and the Profits of War: From St. Patrick’s Ireland to Joan of Arc’s France.” The lecture will be presented by esteemed British historian John Gillingham, professor emeritus of history at the London School of Economics, and fellow of the British Academy.

“This program was chosen because of our interest at Georgian Court in women and in military history and the effects of warfare on politics and society,” says Robin A. Gower, Ph.D., J.D., GCU associate professor of history. “This lecture will confront medieval warfare from the perspective of its victims as well as its victors.”

“The past almost always illuminates the present and our choices for the future. This is especially true when the issues of violence, justice, and slavery are involved, as they are here,” she adds.

The presentation and question-and-answer period will be coordinated by Georgian Court history students. In addition to the lecture, Professor Gillingham will be on campus the entire week to participate in “master classes” in which he will meet with small groups of students to discuss their research methods and projects. He will also monitor the election results with GCU students and staff.

Dr. Gower, herself a medieval historian, received her undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics, where she was a student of Professor Gillingham. Since then, she says, she has watched as Professor Gillingham’s iconoclastic work has earned him an international reputation. “He is one of the best known historians of 12th-century England and the Crusades, and a popular lecturer to both professional and general audiences.”

John Gillingham is the author of a number of highly regarded academic works on the Middle Ages, as well as the popular history Medieval Britain: An Introduction. Known as an innovative theorist, he is a groundbreaking scholar and an inspired interpreter of history sources for more general readers. His dry British wit and deft turn of phrase make his ideas accessible to all history enthusiasts, and his face is familiar to fans of the History Channel, as well as to members of learned societies.

The lecture is sponsored by Clionaes (the History Club), Phi Alpha Theta (the history honor society) and the Department of History and is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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