Visiting Scholar Caroline Bruzelius to Speak at Manhattan College on Sept. 29

Duke University art history professor is part of Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholar Program in conjunction with the Costello Lecture Series.

On Monday, Sept. 29, Caroline Bruzelius, A.M. Cogan Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University and a Phi Beta Kappa Frank M. Updike Memorial Scholar, will deliver a lecture at Manhattan College titled “Building on the Inquisition: Friars Paying for Churches in the 13th and 14th Centuries.”

A leading researcher in medieval architecture and sculpture in France and Spain, Bruzelius is the former director of the American Academy in Rome. She has published several books, including The Stones of Naples: Church Building in the Angevin Kingdom, 1268-1343 and her latest work, Preaching, Building and Burying: Friars in the Medieval City. She is a founder of Wired! and Visualizing Venice, initiatives that integrate digital technologies into teaching and research.

Bruzelius’s lecture is part of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program, which offers undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. The program is designed to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the visiting scholars and the resident students and faculty.

Bruzelius is one of 13 scholars who will visit 100 colleges and universities with Phi Beta Kappa chapters during the 2014-15 academic year. Bruzelius will spend two days on Manhattan’s campus and take full part in the academic life of the institution. She will meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and deliver this public lecture open to the entire community.

The event on Sept. 29 begins at 5 p.m. and will be held in Meeting Room 5C in the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons. It is co-sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa Upsilon of New York and the History department’s Costello Lecture Series.

For more information about the event, contact Michael Judge at (718) 862-7880 or or Jeff Horn at (718) 862-7129 or

MC Staff