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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

In the Thick of it: Abelard, Heloise and the 12th c. Renaissance

As personal correspondences between two celebrated lovers and vanguards in the field of scholarship, "The Letters of Abelard and Heloise" hold information about the prevailing interests within literate society, which, as a renowned teacher of the Paris Cathedral schools, Peter Abelard was instrumental in shaping. Abelard and Heloiseís lives intersected with many of the most pivotal figures of their era; their illicit affair became a scandal that brought the couple under never-ending public scrutiny, and simultaneously made them romantic popular figures, immortalized in song. Peter Abelardís daring and enthusiastic application of Aristotelian logic to Christian doctrine and Scripture made his professional reputation and ultimately provided the foundation for the scholastic method, but at great personal cost. Abelardís ideological opposite, Bernard viewed Abelard as a personal enemy, and relentlessly persecuted him throughout his adult life, foreshadowing the militancy and intolerance that were formalized by the church in the following centuries, which eventually yielded the terrors of the Inquisition.

Presenters: Krysten Collier (Undergraduate Student)
Ana Lester (Undergraduate Student)
Jessica McClellan (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 122 Hartwell
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)