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Professor of medieval history to speak at Flagler College Usdin Judeo-Christian Lecture

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January 21, 2011

Miri Rubin, professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Queen Mary University of London, will be the speaker at Flagler College's Cecile & Gene Usdin Judeo-Christian Lecture on Monday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., in the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada St.

Rubin's topic will be "Mary: From Jewish Maiden to Global Mother."

Rubin discovered History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she studied for her BA in history and completed an MA in Medieval history in 1980. Her dissertation was on "The Oriental Politics of Charles of Anjou." She completed her Ph.D. at Cambridge in 1984. She was awarded a Research Fellowship at Girton College later that year and a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in 1986.

Rubin completed a Visiting Membership of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, in 1988-89. During that year, she was appointed as CUF Lecturer in Modern History at Oxford University and was a Fellow of Pembroke College. In 1998, she was promoted to a Readership in Medieval History, and in 2000, she was appointed as a Chair in Early Modern History in the Department of History at Queen Mary, University of London.

Between 2002 and 2005, Rubin received a Major Research Award from the Leverhulme Foundation. She has served as a Councillor of the Royal Historical Society and was elected as Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.

Rubin enjoys intellectual collaboration and traveling the world in search of history and its makers. She is also involved in communicating the understanding of history to the academic public through her writing and television and radio appearances.

This series is made possible through a generous endowed gift to Flagler College from Gene Usdin, M.D., a former President of the American Psychiatric Association and a clinical professor of psychiatry at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. His love of St. Augustine inspired him to give back to the community by fostering dialogue about Jewish and Christian principles.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not required. Sign language interpreters are provided.