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Basler Lecture: 'Arabic and Islamic Origins of the Italian Renaissance'

Tuesday, January 27, 2009D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp AuditoriumIn this lecture, Dr. Graham Leonard will focus on the beginnings of universities in Europe and the advent of academic freedom. He will explain how Aristotle and other Greek thinkers were reintroduced in Europe. This lecture is part of a series presented by Leonard, who holds the 2008-09 Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science at ETSU. Leonard, a Kingsport native, has specialized in the Middle East since 1950, working in that region as an educator, administrator and consultant. The Basler Chair was created in 1994 in honor of a longtime member of the ETSU Foundation who is a strong advocate of numerous university programs. It brings scholars to ETSU to broaden opportunities for students and the general public in the arts, humanities and science.

Dr. Leonard is available for additional lectures, meetings and discussions with schools, churches and community organizations.

This free lecture is open to the public.

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