Harvard Professor to Present Edmondson Lectures

March 1, 2007

by Jodi Cunningham, student newswriter, (254) 710-1961

Dr. Steven Ozment, The McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University, will deliver the 29th annual Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 8, in room 100 of Morrison Hall on the Baylor University campus. The lectures will focus on Lucas Cranach, a Saxon court painter from the late 15th and early 16th century.

Wednesday's lecture is titled "Lucas Cranach, the Elder, in Art and History." Dr. Naymond Keathley, senior vice provost for academic affairs, will be presiding over the lecture and Dr. Eric Rust, professor of history, will provide the introduction.

Thursday's lecture is titled "Cranach's Nudes: Art and Reform." Dr. Larry Lyon, dean of the Graduate School, will preside over the lecture while Dr. David Hendon, professor of history and director of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, will provide the introduction.

Ozment earned a bachelor of arts degree from Hendrix College in 1960, a bachelor of divinity degree from Drew Theological Seminary in 1964 and a doctorate degree from Harvard in 1967. At Harvard, Ozment has served as the associate dean for undergraduate education since 1979 and the McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History since 1990. Ozment also has been invited to lecture at numerous universities and has won several awards, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 1973 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1978.

In addition to lecturing, Ozment has authored many books and articles on early modern Europe. Two of his most recent works include A Mighty Fortress: A New History of the German People (2004) and the textbook The Western Heritage, which is now it its 8th edition.

The Edmondson Historical Lectures, sponsored by the history department, are made possible by an endowment established by Dr. E. Bud Edmondson of Longview to honor his father, Charles S.B. Edmondson.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the department of history at (254) 710-2667.

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