Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Hovering Nuns, Flying Witches: Carlos Eire on Writing the History of the Miraculous, Talk April 4

Chestertown, MD, March 29, 2006 — Washington College's Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows and Department of Art present "Hovering Nuns, Flying Witches: On Writing a History of the Impossible," a slide-illustrated lecture by Carlos M. N. Eire, Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University, Tuesday, April 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Casey Academic Center Forum. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Professor Eire specializes in the social, intellectual, religious, and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a strong focus on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the history of popular piety; and the history of death. He is the author of War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin (1986); From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth Century Spain (1995); and co-author of Jews, Christians, Muslims: An Introduction to Monotheistic Religions (1997).

Professor Eire has also ventured into twentieth century history and the Cuban Revolution inWaiting for Snow in Havana (2003), which won the National Book Award in Non-fiction in 2003. He is currently writing a survey history of the Reformation and researching attitudes toward miracles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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