[CUA Office of Public Affairs]                                                                         Nov. 9, 2001

Lecture on Innocent III Will Celebrate New Medieval Scholarship Fund


The Department of History will present a lecture Wednesday, Nov. 14, to celebrate the newly established Cicely Angleton Scholarship Fund for students focusing on the medieval era.


The lecture, “Innocent III and Mary Magdalen’s Confession: A Little-Known Papal Sermon,” will be presented by Professor Katherine Ludwig Jansen at 5:30 p.m. in the Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 5 p.m.


Professor Jansen’s paper presents a little-known sermon of Innocent III on a confession of Saint Mary Magdalen.  The lecture will argue for Innocent's authorship of the sermon through an examination of dating, manuscript transmission and printing history. 


There is no record of Mary Magdalen’s confession,” explains Professor Jansen. “It's purely a rhetorical device for Innocent III's sermon, composed for this sermon in honor of her feast day.”


The lecture will then turn to the style and content of the sermon, suggesting how it fits into the pastoral reforms of Innocent's pontificate, including his concern for annual confession. In conclusion, the paper shows how Innocent III's unusual treatment of Mary Magdalen's “confession” contributed to a late medieval-early modern devotional literature that centered on the confession of the saint.


The Cicely Angleton Scholarship Fund is named for northern Virginia resident Cicely Angleton, who earned a doctoral degree in medieval history from CUA in 1984. In September 2000, she established an endowed fund to provide tuition and a stipend to academically qualified students with financial need who wish to pursue a graduate degree in the study of the medieval era.


The first Angleton scholar, Melodie F. Harris, arrived at CUA this fall. Ms. Harris is a doctoral student of medieval history who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University.


The Graduate Student Association and the Association of History Graduate Students will co-sponsor the event.


The lecture and reception are both free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paula Blackwell or Erin Mcgee in the Department of History at 202-319-5484.





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