Faculty Research Spotlight: Professor of Art History Beth Mulvaney

A new book, The World of St. Francis of Assisi: Essays in Honor of William R. Cook, co-edited by Meredith Professor of Art History Beth A. Mulvaney and Bradley R. Franco of the University of Portland (OR) are has recently been published. The book is volume 11 of The Medieval Franciscans series from Brill Press.

Mulvaney and Franco each contributed an essay to the volume and edited the other 11 essays, which consider Francis’s legacy in art, literature, and spirituality. Many of the contributions to the volume focus on the perennial application of Francis’s insights to the ills of contemporary society. Franco gave the well-received Mercer-Kesler Lecture at Meredith on February 9, “Art and the Franciscan Order,” previewing his contribution to the book.

Mulvaney and Franco will each be giving papers in mid-May at the International Medieval Studies Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where they will “launch” the new publication.

In addition to their papers and publication, Mulvaney and Franco have organized a four-day, interdisciplinary conference The World of St. Francis in Siena, Italy, July 16-20. Approximately 60 scholars from eight different countries will give papers during the conference, including Mulvaney, Franco, and Professor of English Eloise Grathwohl.

In particular, the organizers of this conference would like to acknowledge a deep debt of thanks to the Mercer-Kesler Fund of Meredith College for financial support of Franco’s Meredith lecture and the conference in Siena, and to Wendy Jones of the Athletics Department, who has been instrumental in helping make this conference happen.

Faculty: If you have research projects you’d like to share in a future issue of Campus Connections, email a brief description of your work to Melyssa Allen, newsletter editor,

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