Oakcrest School’s Annual O’Donovan Humanities Lecture will be held on Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. on campus and online, featuring a talk on “Beauty, Piety and Fun in Medieval Literature” by Dr. Evelyn Birge Vitz, professor emerita of French Literature, Thought and Culture at New York University.
Vitz will take audience members on a journey through seven of her favorite medieval works from England, France and Spain, drawing on romance, epic, crusade chronicle and theater. She will explore some of the fascinating history and themes within Catholic works from the Middle Ages.
The O’Donovan Humanities Lecture is an annual event, featuring scholars and artists from around the country, which aims to instill a deeper appreciation of the importance of the humanities in everyday life.
Named after the first Headmistress of Oakcrest, Pat O’Donovan – who opened Oakcrest in 1976 with 22 girls in Washington, D.C. – the lecture honors her legacy as a gifted teacher who could convey to students the joy of learning.
This event is free and open to the public. It will be livestreamed with limited in-person seating.
For information, see the Website at www.oakcrest.org/academics/odonovan-humanities-lecture.