Oxford University Lecturer Explores Superstition in the Middle Ages at BSU’s Annual EuroSpring Lecture

On Sept. 25, Allan Chapman, science historian from Oxford University’s Wadham College, will give his annual EuroSpring Lecture, “Ghosts, Devils and Witches; How Superstitious were the Middle Ages?”

Chapman’s lecture begins at 4 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer Hall 100 on the BSU campus. It is open free to everyone.

Chapman will explore a historical view of superstition in the Middle Ages in the face of common Hollywood portrayals of the time period as dark, primitive and superstitious.

Chapman, a first-generation graduate, has always had a passion for education and teaching. He is a professor at Oxford University’s Wadham College in Oxford, England. In 2015, he was awarded the Jackson-Gwilt Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in recognition of his research work.

Chapman has been principle lecturer and, later, academic director of BSU’s EuroSpring program, a five-week experience travel and study-abroad experience that has been held each spring semester since 1977. In the program’s 42 years, he has lectured to approximately 2,000 young Minnesotans.

EuroSpring allows students to study abroad in Oxford while paying BSU tuition and fees and earning academic credits. Students attend classes, live on campus at Oxford University’s Wycliffe Hall and partake in a variety of field trips during their time there.

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