When the papacy followed Pope Clement V from Rome to Avignon, France, in the early 14th century, it had a profound impact on Rome’s politics, architecture, and overall culture. These changes, in particular the way that Roman baronial families filled the void left by the papacy, were among the topics discussed in a guest lecture last semester at Wesleyan University Read full article »
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Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England’s Forgotten Cities examines the economic and cultural shifts that have beset the region’s urban centers over the past four centuries. Among the cities it looks at are Hartford; Portland, ME; and Lawrence and Springfield, MA. The new anthology, published by Lexington Books, is co-edited by Xiangming Chen, dean and director of the Center Read full article »
Leslie Desmangles, professor of religion and international studies, has long been recognized by his students and colleagues for the high caliber of his teaching and research. In November, his alma mater, Temple University in Philadelphia, joined those heralding his accomplishments when its department of religion presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. Desmangles is just the Read full article »