CANCELED: Center for Humanities Pub Talk Series presents Dr. Matthew Gabriele "The Crusades: Then and Now"
Due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus (Covid-19), we're sorry to announce that this event is cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the fall.
This talk will focus on the historical relationship between Christianity and Islam, particularly focusing on the period known as the Crusades. This was not, as has long been believed, the continuation of an ages-old conflict but rather happened for particular reasons in a particular place at a particular time. As such, modern political attempts to use the Crusades are little more than scams, using bad history to seduce people in the present.
Matthew Gabriele is a professor of medieval studies and chair of the Department of Religion & Culture at Virginia Tech. His current project is a new, one-volume history of the medieval world, entitled The Bright Ages.
The Center for Humanities at Virginia Tech presents a broad range of expert engagement with topics focusing on the human condition broadly conceived: from history to societal issues to performance to literature to the intersection of humanities and technology - all in an effort to promote informed engagement with topics that enlighten and broaden understanding of human experience, identity, and humanistic concerns about the world.
Please join us as we hold a series of pub talks where Virginia Tech faculty in the humanities might discuss the broad significance of their research in ways that connect to people from the community. There will be a brief Q and A following the talk.