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Ealy to Lecture on Love in the Middle Ages

Posted 03/07/2014
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Nicholas Ealy, associate professor of modern languages, will give the next lecture in the Fellows Lectures series at the University of Hartford.

The lecture will take place in the KF Room in the Mortensen Library at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 13.  It is free and open to the public.

The topic will be “The Medieval Art of Love.”

Ealy is a specialist in the medieval literature of France and the Iberian peninsula. He is particularly interested in expressions of erotic and spiritual love from the 12th to the 15th century and is currently writing a book on the myth of Narcissus, as told by the great Latin poet Ovid, and as echoed in the writing of such poets and thinkers as Chrétien de Troyes, Guillaume de Machaut, and Alain de Lille.  This myth, providing a way of thinking about love, prevailed in the romances and songs of generations of writers and gives us a sense of how our ancestors thought about the self and about desire. It was also a predecessor of our own ideas about what today we would call romantic love.

“Nicholas Ealy’s work is important,” commented Humphrey Tonkin, president emeritus of the University of Hartford and director of the Presidents’ College, “not just because of what it tells us about the Middle Ages, but also because of what it tells us about our most intimate selves.”

Ealy holds a Ph.D. from Emory University.

The Fellows Lectures are offered as a service to the University community by the Presidents’ College, the outreach program of the Mortensen Library, serving the Greater Hartford community with short non-credit courses and other programs designed to cultivate the life of the mind in people of all ages.

Following the lecture, there will be an informal discussion with the speaker. Box lunches will be available to those who order them in advance.

Next month’s Fellows Lecture, on Thursday, April 3, will be given by Lynne Kelly, professor of communication and director of the School of Communication, who will ask the question “Is Communication Technology Changing the Nature of Human Interaction and Relationships?”.  The lecture will take place in the KF Room in the Mortensen Library.

Ealy’s lecture is sponsored by Jean-Pierre van Rooy.

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