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June 6, 2013

Brett E. Whalen, Associate Professor of History, and Director, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

The modern papacy has been much in the news, but putting the abdication of Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis in context calls for a long historical perspective. Brett Whalen explains the origins of the papacy, how medieval popes justified their leadership over the Catholic Church, the so-called separation of “Church” and “State,” and historical challenges to papal authority. Come learn how those claims shaped religious and political life during the Middle Ages and persist today.

TIME: 5:30 to 7:00 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.

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