Carissa Harris, Ph.D., to Deliver 16th Annual Costello Lecture

A Manhattan College faculty member will also receive the annual Costello Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Carissa HarrisCarissa Harris, Ph.D., a visiting assistant professor of English at Temple University, will present the 16th annual Costello Lecture, "Alehouse Lessons: Alcohol, Consent, and Sexual Education in Medieval England," on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in room 5B of the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons.

Harris is a scholar of Middle English and Middle Scots literature. She has had her work published in The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Journal of the Early Book Society. Harris is currently finishing her first book, Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain, as she begins her second project, The Poetics of Rage: Women’s Anger, Misogyny, and Political Power in Britain 1300-1600.

Brother Gabriel Costello, FSC, for whom the lecture series is named, was chair of the history department from 1949 to 1953, and dean of the College from 1953 to 1959. The lecture series began with a generous donation from one of his former students, Roger Goebel, professor of law at Fordham University, where he is director of the Center on European Law.

The annual event also includes the presentation of the 2017 Brother Casimir Gabriel Costello Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes a faculty member from the School of Liberal Arts who exemplifies the excellence in teaching that characterizes Manhattan College and is central to its mission.

For more information about the event, contact Jennifer Edwards, Ph.D., at (718) 862-7127 or

By Pete McHugh