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  • Earenfight Presents on History’s Sexy Queens and Today’s High-Profile Women

    April 11, 2011

    History Professor Theresa Earenfight examines the larger-than-life personae of some of history’s most famous monarchs in “Tumultuous, Tragic, and Sexually Charged Queens” on May 9. Her presentation, the University Honors Program annual Touchstone Lecture, focuses on the compelling narrative that surrounds some monarchs, e.g. Mary, Queen of Scots, and not others, e.g. Catherine of Aragon.  She will discuss what those narratives offer as a window into current attitudes towards powerful women, including Hillary Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, and Sarah Palin.

    The Touchstone Lecture, which is free and open to the public, is set for May 9 at 7 p.m. in Wyckoff Auditorium.

    The University Honors Program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the humanities in an historical framework. Application to the program is by invitation only.  Earenfight, who teaches in the Honors Program, joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1998. She is known internationally for her scholarship on medieval Europe and gender issues. She recently published the monograph The King’s Other Body: María of Castile and the Crown of Aragon (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009).


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