Medieval History Professor Thomas Fudge from the University of New England, will present the lecture "Who was Jan Hus? Myth, Memory and Meaning" at the Embassy of the Czech Republic on December 10, at 6 pm.
About the Lecture:
The poet Robert Pinsky once said that “deciding to remember and what to remember, is how we decide who we are.” Jan Hus was a Czech priest executed for heresy in 1415 during the Council of Constance. This lecture identifies the myths connected to Hus. It examines how Hus has been remembered and understood over the past 600 years (socially, religiously and politically), and suggests ways in which Hus might continue to be important in the twenty-first century.
Special Guest: Dr. Thomas Fudge
Professor, School of Humanities | University of New England (Australia)
Dr. Thomas A Fudge undertook his research leading to a Ph.D. in medieval history under the direction of R.W. (Bob) Scribner at Cambridge where he wrote on the subject "Myth, Heresy and Propaganda in the Radical Hussite Movement, 1409-1437." He has worked in many monastic libraries, in archives in Eastern and Central Europe, and in some of the world's great academic libraries such as the Bodley in Oxford, Harvard, and the Vatican. He is one of the founders of the biennial conference The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice which also publishes a journal by the same name. Volume 10 in that series is currently being edited. Prior to taking up his appointment at the University of New England (UNE), he taught at Warner Pacific College (Portland Oregon), Clark College (Vancouver), the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) and in the Texas prison system. Appointed to a university professorial chair in 2003, Dr. Fudge joined the UNE faculty in 2012. He has held ten contestable research grants in the past twenty years and is currently a member of the Research Committee. Dr. Fudge was appointed as Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Officer for the School of Humanities in 2014.
Throughout 2015, as part of the sexcentennial anniversary of the execution of Jan Hus, Dr. Fudge has been presenting lectures around the world including Australia, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, England, Canada, and Argentina.
For more information about Professor Fudge, please visit: https://www.une.edu.au/staff-profiles/humanities/tfudge.
Date: December 10, 6 pm
Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008