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Release: March 4, 2002

European history scholar to visit UI March 4-6

Miri Rubin, an author and lecturer on European history will visit the University of Iowa as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor March 4-6. Rubin, a professor at Queen Mary, University of London, will give three free, public lectures.

In the primary lecture on Monday, March 4, Rubin will speak about "A Feast is Born: Corpus Christi's Entry into Liturgical Books." Her presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Art Building Auditorium. In addition, Rubin will speak on Tuesday, March 5 about "Conversion without End in Late Medieval Europe" at 7 p.m. in Room 1505, Seamans Center (the new engineering building.) On Wednesday, March 6 she will speak about "Purity and Danger in Late Medieval Europe" at 4 p.m. in Room 1505, Seamans Center.

Rubin is a professor of European History and also serves as director of research for the department of history at Queen Mary. Rubin was awarded a B.A. in history and an M.A. in medieval history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her interests cover a wide range of social relations within the predominantly religions cultures of Europe between 1100-1600.

Rubin's visit is being sponsored by the UI departments of history and of English, the School of Religion, the Center for the Book, the International Studies Program, and the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Her activities at the UI are supported by the Ida Beam Visiting Professor Program, which brings outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic year. Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her farm to the UI Foundation in 1977. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships programs in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty.