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Humanities Lecture Tuesday Explores Jews and Monsters in the Middle Ages

Posted 04/09/2017
Submitted by Nicholas Ealy
Category: Campus Announcements

The University of Hartford Humanities Center Lecture Series “Our Monsters, Ourselves” continues Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dana 201 (Mali 1) Lecture Hall.

The lecture series is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

The eighth lecture in the series, titled “Jewishness and Monstrousness in the Late Middle Ages,” will be delivered by Maria Esposito Frank PhD, Professor of Italian and Renaissance Studies at the University of Hartford and Humanities Center Faculty Fellow.

Dr. Frank’s talk will explore the ways in which Christians’ negative perceptions of Jews in Europe during the late Middle Ages shifted according to different social, political or natural events. In addition to these shifting images of Jews, she will discuss the passage from anti-Judaism to anti-Semitism, characterized by the growing isolation of Jews and the general deterioration of their legal situation.

Dr. Frank has a PhD in Italian Studies from Harvard and writes about issues pertaining to the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance, women’s studies, translation studies and poetry.

The Lecture Series was developed and is led by Amanda Walling PhD, Associate Professor in the department of English and Modern Languages (A&S).

The Humanities Center at the University of Hartford supports interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the humanities through art, science, technology, media, music, psychology, history, film, philosophy and literature. For more information, contact Nicholas Ealy, Interim Director, at