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October 23, 2012

Marcus Bull, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Europeans and Americans have long been attracted to the crusades as a historical subject. What images and ideas have become associated with the crusades in the modern popular imagination? How did the novels of Sir Walter Scott, European imperialism, and the First World War (to name just three influences) shape those images and ideas? Why has the word “crusade” become so resonant in contemporary discussions of the War on Terror and actions in Iraq and Afghanistan? This talk will illuminate the historical uses and abuses of this centuries-old conflict.

TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.


All Spotlight on Scholars events take place at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for these events.

Program Tuition: Register ahead of time and pay $18.00 per program or pay only $8 if you are a member of the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit or call 800.962.0742. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends. Tuition is $20.00 for everyone paying at the door.

Flyleaf Books: Location and Contact Info

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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