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Sacred Steps: Pilgrimage Medieval and Modern

July 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Professor George Greenia (Emeritus). “Sacred Steps: Pilgrimage Medieval and Modern”.

We are honoured to welcome Professor Greenia to Newcastle Cathedral on 4 July at 6.30pm for a public lecture about pilgrimage where he will no doubt be presenting aspects of his life’s work on the Camino de Santiago.

All are welcome to attend this free public lecture supported by Northumbria University, Durham University, University of London (Institute of Advanced Studies).

George Greenia retired in 2016 after teaching for 34 years at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA. In 2011 he founded the William & Mary Institute for Pilgrimage Studies and in 2015 the Institute created faculty research fellowships named in his honour. For his promotion of Spanish culture in the United States, in 2007 Greenia was knighted by order of King Juan Carlos I of Spain and granted the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, an honour similar to the Order of the Garter. Sir George Greenia is a co-founding member of the International Fraternity of the Camino de Santiago, headquartered in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and inducted by cathedral officials as a member of the Archconfraternity of the Apostle St. James. In 2010 the Concejo de la Enxebre Orden de la Vieira, a confraternity of Galicians in the diaspora who support the Camino de Santiago, named him an “Ángel del Camino”. In 2016 Greenia was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Pilgrims on the Camino for playing a “significant role … in building the pilgrim community within the United States”.

Professor Greenia has published widely over his career.
Here are some of his most recent publications available on line:
Recent Publications
“What is Pilgrimage?” International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, 6.2 (2018). Available at https://arrow.dit.ie/ijrtp/vol6/iss2/3. [Rpt. and expansion of “What is Pilgrimage?” A Sociology of Pilgrimage: Embodiment, Identity, Transformation. Ed. Lesley D. Harman. London, Ontario: Ursus Press, 2014. 8-27.]
George Greenia, Eileen Quin Moore, Ian McIntosh, Robert Nickerson, Eds. “Introduction to Special Issue of What is Pilgrimage.” International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage2 (2018). Available at https://arrow.dit.ie/ijrtp/vol6/iss2/2.
“Travelers’ Texts: pilgrims and their textual accessories.” Pilgrim Libraries: books & reading on the medieval routes to Rome & Jerusalem (2017-05-19). On-line.


July 4
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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