The Neverending Crusade: Medieval History in an Age of White Supremacy
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Sturm Hall, Room 281, Lindsay Auditorium
Breck Martin Lecture with Matthew Gabriele
“The Neverending Crusade: Medieval History in an Age of White Supremacy”
5:30 p.m. reception, 6-7 p.m. lecture
In the past few years, historians have found themselves called into the public eye at an escalating pace. Much of this has to do with the thorny legacy of America’s own past, from Confederate monuments (and the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, VA) to The NY Times’ “1619 Project,” but wrapped up in all these discussions have — perhaps surprisingly — been evocations of the European Middle Ages. This talk will consider what it means to be a historian and medievalist in the face of such public debates here in 2020.
Matthew Gabriele is a professor of Medieval Studies and chair of the Dept. of Religion & Culture at Virginia Tech. The author of An Empire of Memory (Oxford UP, 2011), he has also edited 7 journal issues and books, and his public writing has appeared in The Washington Post,Forbes, Time, The Religion News Service, and The Roanoke Times. With David M. Perry, he’s completing a new one-volume history of a permeable, de-centered Middle Ages for HarperBooks to be titled The Bright Ages.