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.
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
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