Friday, January 30, 2009

Jacques Dalarun visits St.Bonaventure University

Noted Medievalist Visits SBU's Franciscan Heritage Program
28 January 2009
Targeted News Service

St. Bonaventure University issued the following news release:

St. Bonaventure University's Franciscan Heritage Program at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy, welcomed world-renowned medievalist Jacques Dalarun, who taught a guest class on Monday, Jan. 26, at Umbra I, via dei Priori.

Dalarun, senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, was previously director of the Medieval Department at l'Ecole francaise de Rome, as well as the Joseph A. Doino Visiting Professor of Franciscan Studies at the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University (2004-2005). Dalarun, the author of numerous books and articles, is one the world's foremost authorities in medieval and Franciscan studies. Among his better-known English-language titles are The Misadventure of Francis of Assisi (2002), Francis of Assisi and the Feminine (2007), Francis of Assisi and Power (2007), Robert of Arbrissel: Sex, Sin, and Salvation in the Middle Ages (2006), and "The Umbrian Legend by Thomas of Celano" (2007).

He led students in a discussion of the autograph letter of Francis of Assisi to Brother Leo, one of the few extant texts from the hand of Francis himself, which is housed in the Duomo at Spoleto. Students will have an opportunity to see the text themselves when they visit Spoleto later in the semester.

The Franciscan Heritage Program is a semester-long study abroad program at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy, open to all students from schools affiliated with the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities.

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