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South Africa, Rennaisance culture lecture topics for Kennedy Center Feb. 10 and 15

The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University will host two upcoming lectures on South Africa and Renaissance culture at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Patrick Lee will present “Outcomes of an Education Field Study in South Africa” Friday, Feb. 10, and Edward Muir, the Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, will present the Global Awareness Lecture “Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance” Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Lee has worked as a research analyst in public health education for the State of Utah since 2003. He is also a volunteer with the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake, where much of his knowledge and experience gained in South Africa and Uganda has been crucial to the organization’s success with refugee resettlement

Lee received a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a master of public administration degree from BYU.

Muir, who works in Italian social and cultural history, has edited three volumes of translated essays from the prominent Italian historical journal, “Quaderni Storici.” He is a general editor of the book series “Palgrave Early Modern History: Culture and Society” and has served on the board of editors of “American Historical Review” and the “Journal of Interdisciplinary History.”

Besides receiving Guggenheim and NEH fellowships, Muir has been a fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He received his doctorate in history from Rutgers.

Both lectures will be archived online. For more information on Kennedy Center

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Writer: Brian Rust

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