This year will mark the fifteenth anniversary of this informal event which has brought us some of the finest historical practitioners in the country, not a few of which have an affiliation to this College. That fine record continues with this year’s distinguished contributor Professor Natalie Zemon Davis. Her topic is:
Muslims, Jews and Christians on the Theatre:
Leo Africanus discovers Comedy, Wajdi Mouawad discovers Leo Africanus
Students and followers of Professor Davis’s renowned career will know her as one of the finest and most highly regarded contemporary scholars of the past. Her focus is socio-cultural history particularly of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, and she is known for her use of eclectic sources and innovative cross-disciplinary work. She is recognized by a wider public as well because of her best-selling 1983 work The Return of Martin Guerre, which was made into a very successful film. The topic she’ll be presenting is partially an outgrowth of a more recent volume, Trickster Travels, and links past and present reminding us of ever present continuities in the human experience.
Professor Davis has been the recipient of many awards and prizes for her work, is a Companion of the Order of Canada, and in 2013 was given the National Humanities Medal by the U.S. President Barrack Obama for “her insights into the study of history and her exacting eloquence in bringing the past into focus.”
Please join us for this important event, which commences with dinner in Ondaatje Hall, followed by coffee in the Common Room, with Professor Davis’ talk beginning circa 7:30pm in the Upper Library.