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Lectures trace history of eternity, Nov. 6-8

Historian and award-winning author Carlos Eire will present a three-lecture series on "A Brusque History of Eternity" at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 6-8, in McCosh 10.

The Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University, Eire is an authority on the social, intellectual, religious and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a strong focus on the Protestant and Catholic reformations.

His lectures will trace the concept of eternity in the first 15 centuries of Christian history, specifically regarding ritual, monasticism, mysticism and church-state relations; analyze how the Protestant Reformation shifted attention to more worldly concerns; and examine the social, political and economic transformations this shift has brought about in the modern West.

Eire, who as a child fled his homeland of Cuba in 1962, is the author of "Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy," which won the 2003 National Book Award for nonfiction.

The talks are designated as the Spencer Trask Lectures. They are part of the University Public Lectures Series and are cosponsored by the Princeton University Press, which will publish a book based on the talks.

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