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American Medievalist To Speak At William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture March 18

March 11, 2010  
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William Chester Jordan

William Chester Jordan

Springfield, Ohio – Well-known American medievalist and Director of the Medieval Studies Program at Princeton University William Chester Jordan will give a presentation titled “Salome In The Middle Ages” at the Witt Series-sponsored William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in Bayley Auditorium, located in Wittenberg’s Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, 315 Bill Edwards Drive.

“Jordan’s passion for history is apparent in his scholarly achievements, but also in his work to bring the Middle Ages to life for all ages,” said Wittenberg Professor of History Amy Livingstone. “He is the author of encyclopedias on the Medieval World for both elementary and middle school students.”

Jordan earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1973, where he studied under American medieval historian Joseph Strayer. Throughout his career, Jordan has published works on wide variety of topics, including the Crusades, gender, economics and Judaism.

Jordan’s best-known work is Louis IX and the Challenge of the Crusade: A study in Rulership (Princeton University Press, 1980), which has been called “the most comprehensive secondary source account of the seventh crusade currently available.” His most recent research endeavor is church-state relations in the 13th and 14th centuries.

Jordan has received numerous awards for his work, including the annual Charles Homer Haskins medal from the Medieval Academy of America, given for Jordan’s The Great Famine: Northern Europe in the Early Fourteenth Century (Princeton University Press, 1996).

The William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture was established under the auspices of the Board of Directors of Wittenberg University with the assistance of numerous benefactors to honor Kinnison on the occasion of his retirement as president of the university in 1995.

The Witt Series annually brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Witt Series, contact Jeannine Fox at (937) 327-7470 or vie e-mail at

All Witt Series events are free and open to the public.

Written By: Ryan Maurer


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