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School for Cross-faculty Studies Public Lecture Series

Public Engagement in the Middle Ages: Medieval Solutions to a Modern Crisis

  • Wednesday 12 April 2023, 4-6 pm (GMT). The lecture will be followed by Q&A and a small reception.
  • Hybrid event: Room R0.12, Ramphal Building, and online on MS Teams.
  • All Warwick staff, students, and alumni, as well as the general public, are welcome to attend.

Register for the event

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"Public Engagement in the Middle Ages: Medieval Solutions to a Modern Crisis is a project that uses the medieval past to address the present crisis in the academic humanities. I examine medieval approaches to public outreach and community engagement between 1100 and 1500 in order to help modern scholars reshape their expertise into a public service with tangible benefits for contemporary society. Drawing on the works of prominent authors such as Peter Damian, Hildegard of Bingen, Henry Suso, and the physical witness of ordinary laypeople in manuscripts and early printed books, this presentation will outline the best practices of medieval public engagement and show how they can serve as effective models for medievalists—and other humanities scholars—to develop and sustain effective public engagement skills today."


Dr. Christopher Fletcher

Christopher D. Fletcher is the Assistant Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry LibraryLink opens in a new window in Chicago, IL. He earned his PhD in Medieval History from the University of Chicago in 2015. His research and teaching focus primarily on religion and public engagement before 1800. He has written articles and book chapters and co-edited volumes on various forms of public outreach in medieval and early modern Europe and the digital humanities, and his current book project, Public Engagement in the Middle Ages: Medieval Approaches to a Modern Crisis, uses medieval practices of public engagement to prepare medievalists to more effectively reach diverse audiences today. He is a co-curator of the Seeing Race Before Race exhibition (on view Fall 2023), and often shares the Newberry’s pre-1800 collections with the public through in-person collection presentations, exhibitions, social media, and digital resources.


Register for the event

  • If you are a Warwick staff member or student, please fill in the form below to register for the event. If you would like to attend the event online (on Microsoft Teams), once you have registered for the event we will send you the link to join the event via email closer to the time.
  • If you are a Warwick graduate or a member of the public, please email liberalarts at warwick dot ac dot uk to register for this event.

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