Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., Professor of History at the Dominican School of Philosophy and TheoFrancis of Assisilogy and member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California will give a free public lecture titled, “Saint Francis of Assisi: the 100-year search for the man behind the legends,” on Monday, Sept. 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by Q&A, in Purnell Hall, Room 115 on the University of Delaware campus in Newark, DE.  

 

Fr. Thompson holds a PhD in medieval history from UC Berkeley, and was Professor of Religious Studies and History at the University of Virginia. His books and publications focus on medieval Italy and medieval religious history. His best-selling and highly readable Francis of Assisi: A New Biography (Cornell Univ. Press, 2012) has been highly acclaimed by scholars. St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most popular and beloved saints in history. Known for his love of nature and of the poor, he became a symbol for many causes. Fr. Thompson will show that much about the real man behind the legends can be discovered, if not perfectly, with a high degree of certainty. Sponsored by the Society of Catholic Scholars of Delaware and the UD Department of History.

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