Medieval Scholars Advance the Study of King Ferdinand's Reign
Scholars from more than a dozen different universities across Spain, the U.S. and the U.K congregated in Madrid for the scholarly conference, San Fernando and his Age. Organized by Professor Francisco García Serrano, Ph.D. (History), along with Damian J. Smith, Ph.D. and Edward Holt of the St. Louis campus, it focused on the transformative reign of San Fernando, king of Castile-León and nephew of Saint Louis, through themes including world-class scholarship, international dialogue and the migration of ideas.
At the conclusion of the event, García Serrano commented, "Our third international conference was very successful in presenting and discussing the current scholarship by prestigious medievalists from Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. As a result, it was agreed that a new book on the age of King Ferdinand III of Castile and León should be edited in order to share the outcome of the conference to the wider academic community." As there are currently no published scholarly works in English dedicated to the reign of King Ferdinand III, the book is expected to find a large audience in university libraries and among students.
The conference served to strengthen the interrelationship between the Saint Louis and Madrid campuses by allowing scholars from both campuses to share their talents and perspectives with one another across the Atlantic. Furthermore, the focus was aligned with the Jesuit mission of the university to pursue truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity.