Medieval church historian, author and researcher to lecture at Benedictine

Medieval church historian, author and researcher to lecture at Benedictine
September 10, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Joan Greatrex, Ph.D., an educator, author and researcher who focuses on Medieval church history, will present two lectures at Benedictine University as part of the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought program sponsored by the Department of Theology and the College of Liberal Arts. Greatrex will present “Fauna and Flora in the English Monastic Precinct in the later Middle Ages” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14 in Birck Hall Room 112 (Tellabs Lecture Hall), and “English Monk Students at University in the later Middle Ages” at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, October 15 in Scholl Hall Room 101. Greatrex earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, a master’s from the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa. She lectured at St. John’s College, University of Manitoba, in the early 1960s before teaching at St. Patrick’s College, University of Ottawa during the late 1960s and 1970s. She has written six books focusing on Medieval history and monastic life, and authored numerous articles on subjects such as “The English cathedral priories and the pursuit of learning in the later middle ages” published in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History. The “Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought” series heightens awareness and appreciation of the distinctive contributions the Catholic intellectual tradition has made and continues to make to all branches of knowledge and creativity. The lectures are free and open to the public.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.