Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., president of St. Bonaventure University, will deliver the annual Russell Lecture at Alfred University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21.
The talk will take place in Nevins Theatre of the Powell Campus Center on the Alfred University campus.
The Russell Lecture, held annually since 1970, honors the memory of Willis Russell, former historian and department chair, who taught at Alfred University from 1926 until his retirement in 1964.
Each year, the lectureship brings to campus a nationally known historian to deliver an address, open to the public, and to meet with students in smaller groups. Previous Russell Lecturers have included Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Kammen of Cornell University and Martin Sherwin of George Mason University. The Division of Human Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, sponsors the Russell Lecture.
Sr. Margaret’s topic for her lecture, which is open to the public free of charge, is “A 21st Century Guide to Medieval Women.”
Sr. Margaret received her doctorate in theology in Rome in 1988, becoming the first woman to graduate from the Franciscan University of Rome at the doctoral level. She studied in Europe after completing master’s degrees in theology at Duquesne University and Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University. She joined the faculty of St. Bonaventure’s Franciscan Institute in 1997. Within two years, she was named dean and director.
She was named the 20th president of St. Bonaventure University in 2004.
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