Duke Professor to Speak on Role of Cathedrals in Cities

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Phi Beta Kappa Society of the University of South Dakota will sponsor a lecture next week by Duke University professor Caroline Bruzelius, Ph.D., on people's notions about the spaces and the role of cathedrals within medieval cities.

"The Cathedral and the City” begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Freedom Forum conference room in the Al Neuharth Media Center.

"As we perceive them today, cathedrals are often in 'splendid isolation:' only the church survives of the surrounding structures of cloisters, bishop’s palace, other residential or service buildings, and the enclosing gates and walls that separated these complexes from the rest of the city," said Bruzelius, A. M. Cogan professor of art and art history at Duke and recipient of the University’s Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award.

She served as director of the American Academy in Rome from 1994 to 1998. Her research fields are medieval architecture and sculpture in France and Spain, especially the architecture of monasticism (Cistercians, the mendicant orders) and of women religious. She has published numerous books, among them "The Thirteenth-Century Church at St.-Denis"; "The Stones of Naples: Church Building in the Angevin Kingdom, 1266-1343"; "Medieval Naples: An Architectural & Urban History"; and, published in 2014, "Preaching, Building and Burying: Friars in the Medieval City." Elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is a founder of “Wired!” and “Visualizing Venice,” initiatives to integrate digital technologies into teaching and research, and this year has introduced a new MA degree at Duke in Historical and Cultural Visualization.

This Visiting Scholar Lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Alpha Chapter of South Dakota Phi Beta Kappa, the Department of History and the Department of Art. The lecture is free and open to the public. The Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Program offers undergraduates the opportunity to associate with some of America’s most distinguished scholars and contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by exchanging ideas between the visiting scholars and the resident faculty and students.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.