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Dedication of Medieval Culture Room at Alexander Library

The Medieval Studies Program
and the Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries
invite you to

The Dedication of the
Ernest McDonnell
Medieval Culture Seminar Room
in Alexander Library

featuring a talk by
Barbara Newman,
Professor of English and Religion
at Northwestern University, on:
"You Can't Speak To Men Until You've Spoken With God:
Medieval Women and the Church."

Thursday March 23, 2000
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Alexander Library *
169 College Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08904

RSVP to 732/932-7505
by March 20th.

* Lecture will be held in the SCC lecture hall, 4th floor, to be followed by a reception and tour of the new Medieval Culture Seminar Room on the 2nd floor.

Professor Ernest W. McDonnell was a faculty member of the History Department at Rutgers University for 30 years, retiring in 1985. He was a scholar of medieval history, authoring “The Bequines and Beghardis in Medieval Culture” and “Memorial to Peter Charnis.” Professor McDonnell donated his personal library of 8000 scholarly volumes to the Rutgers University Libraries upon his retirement. He passed away in March 1995 and in his estate, left close to $700,000 to the Libraries to establish the Ernest McDonnell Medieval Culture Seminar Room in Alexander Library.

Professor Barbara Newman is a noted scholar on the subject of gender and religion in medieval society. Her current book in progress is entitled “God and the Goddesses: Vision, Poetry, and Belief in the Middle Ages.”

Posted Feb. 25, 2000