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Historian Jonathan Riley-Smith of England's Cambridge University, who kicked off the 2002-03 Old Dominion University President's Lecture Series last night with the lecture, "Islam and the Crusades in History and Imagination, 8 November 1898 to 11 September 2001," will participate in a colloquium Friday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. in 1005 Constant Hall.

Joining Riley-Smith for the dialogue will be history faculty members Maura Hametz and Rowena Muzquiz and international studies professor Kurt Gaubatz. The trio will engage in a frank discussion of religion and history in an international context. Riley-Smith will respond to their comments, and the floor then will be opened to the audience.

The author of 15 books on the Crusades, including "The Oxford History of the Crusades," Riley-Smith is the Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Cambridge and chair of the university's Center of Middle East and Islamic Studies. Among his recent publications is an article on religious violence.

He is a graduate of Eton College and Cambridge, where he has been a faculty member since 1972.

For more information call 683-4107.

This article was posted on: September 13, 2002

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