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Talk and Reception, Monday May 18, 2015

"From the Venerable Bede to Wolf Hall: Why Church history still matters"

With the critically acclaimed BBC mini-series Wolf Hall debuting on PBS this spring, Professor Sarah Foot will discuss why Church history throughout the ages remains highly relevant as we witness religious, political and cultural shifts in the 21st Century.  



Professor Sarah Foot is Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Oxford University and a lay Canon of Christ Church
Cathedral. From 2011 to 2014 she served as Chairman of the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, and is now its Development Champion. She was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, and previously held posts as a Fellow and Tutor at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and as a Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Sheffield.

Her main areas of research lie in Anglo-Saxon England, especially early English monasticism, women and religion and the invention of the English as a Christian nation. Professor Foot’s most recent monograph was Athelstan: the first King of England (Yale University Press, 2011). She has recently been commissioned to write the first major intellectual biography of Bede, addressing his theological and historical writings in the context of his own age.

This event, jointly organized by Oxford University in North America and the Oxford & Cambridge Society of New England, Inc., is open to alumni of both Universities and their guests.

Event date: May 18, 2015
Event time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: British Consulate-General Boston
One Broadway – 7th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142

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Dona Cady

President of the Society