Today @ Colorado State has been replaced by SOURCE. This site exists as an archive of Today @ Colorado State stories between January 1, 2009 and September 8, 2014.


45th Annual Furniss Lecture March 5

March 2, 2010

In this lecture in the 45th Annual Furniss Lecture Series, University of Minnesota Professor of History, Ruth Mazo Karras, Ph.D., will deliver a lecture about who in medieval society was allowed (and who was forbidden) to marry. Join us on Friday, March 5 at ll a.m. in the Lory Student Center Senate Chambers.

Friday, March 5
11 a.m.
Lory Student Center
Senate Chambers

Colorado State University is pleased to welcome Ruth Mazo Karras, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, as our 45th Annual Furniss Lecture Series speaker.

Expert on medieval sexuality

Karras is an expert on medieval sexuality, and will be joining us to present three lectures over the course of two days. It's everything you ever wanted to know about medieval sex (but were afraid to ask.)

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Who Has the Right to Marry?

Karras will lecture on Friday morning on, "Who Has the Right to Marry? Medieval Perspectives." 

The current debate over same-sex marriage is not as novel of a concept as it may seem. Five-hundred-years ago, the same dispute raged over clerical marriage; the similarities are striking.

Marriage is a fluid concept, and what a society deems appropriate is based on contemporary cultural ideals. Knowing this:

  • What is the role of the historian in public policy debates?
  • Who has the right to interpret scripture, historians or believers?

Other lectures this week at CSU by Karras

In addition to the Friday morning lecture, Karras will be speaking on "The Policing of Sex in Late-Medieval London and Paris" on Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in Clark, Room A 104. This lecture is also free and open to the public.

Tickets are no longer available for the Friday evening lecture titled, "Women, Gender, Feminism and History." (The lecture occurs during the 45th Annual Furniss Banquet.)

Sponsored by the History Club at Colorado State University.

Contact: Margaret Cohen