Dr. Carole Levin to present 32nd annual Portier Lecture

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 10:45am

MOBILE, Ala. – The Spring Hill College Department of History will host the 32nd annual Portier Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Byrne Memorial Hall. Dr. Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will deliver the talk, “Poison, Incest, Slander: Politics and Gender at the Court of James I,” which will examine the 1619 Star Chamber case of the Earl and Countess of Exeter vs. the Lake family, and is the subject of Levin’s forthcoming book.

Levin received her Ph.D. from Tufts University and is the author or co-author of numerous articles and seven books on Tudor-Stuart England, including “The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994), which was named one of the top ten academic books of the 1990s by the readers of “Lingua Franca.” A number of Levin’s books will be available for purchase at a book signing in Byrne Memorial Hall immediately following the lecture, including her most recent work, “Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). 

The Portier Lecture, an institution at Spring Hill College for more than three decades, is named for Michael Portier, the first bishop of Mobile and the founder of Spring Hill College. The lecture series is an annual event hosted each fall by the Department of History which brings nationally-acclaimed speakers to the campus, and is always free and open to the public. Past Portier lecturers include such distinguished historians as Stephen Ambrose, Mary Beth Norton, William Chafe, and Wayne Flynt.

For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Ward, professor and chair of the history department, at (251) 380-3060 or tward@shc.edu.