Plagues, Then and Now: At Mary Baldwin, a UVa Historian Plumbs the Painful Past

February 5, 2002

What can we in the Age of Anthrax learn from the Black Death – the plagues – during the Renaissance in Europe? Historian Duane J. Osheim will explain during his talk as a Phi Beta Kappa visiting lecturer at Mary Baldwin University Thursday, February 14, at 12:15 p.m. in Francis Auditorium on the Staunton campus.

Dr. Osheim is a professor of history and associate dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. He was awarded three Sesquicentennial fellowships from the University of Virginia and was a Rome Prize Fellow in Post-Classical Humanistic Studies of the American Academy in Rome. Professor Osheim is the author of A Tuscan Monastery and Its Social World: San Michele of Guamo (1156-1348) and An Italian Lordship: The Bishopric of Lucca in the Late Middle Ages. He is the co-author of Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment. Osheim earned a bachelor of arts from Luther College, a master of arts from the University of Nebraska, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis.

Established in 1942, the lecture is sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Fellows, a group of Phi Beta Kappa members organized to promote the honor society and its ideals.

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A multi-faceted liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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