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Reunion College is an opportunity to hear College presenters speak on stimulating and informative topics. Lafayette President Dan Weiss will lead off the program 10 a.m. Friday, June 1, as he lectures on “Teaching Medieval Art in the Modern World: Finding Meaning and Relevance in a Lost Era.” He addressed the same topic at last year’s Reunion College.

A leading authority on the art of medieval Europe in the Age of the Crusades, Weiss brings an outstanding background to his talk. He is author of numerous articles and four books on the art of the Middle Ages. His published work focuses on Romanesque, Gothic, and Crusader art, as well as the interaction of Byzantine culture with the Medieval West. His research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University, Yale University, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the Centro Italiano di Studi sull’Alto Medioevo.

In 1994 he won the Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize, awarded annually by the Medieval Academy of America for a first article in the field of medieval studies, becoming one of the first art historians to win that award.

Weiss was a professor of art history at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, serving as art history department chair from 1998-2001. He received three Johns Hopkins awards for teaching excellence. He earned a master’s in art history at Johns Hopkins in 1982 and a Ph.D. in art history, also at Johns Hopkins, in 1992. He earned his undergraduate degree, with majors in art history and psychology, from George Washington University.

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