George Greenia, professor emeritus of the College of William and Mary and renowned scholar in Spanish medieval studies, will present a public lecture, “Sacred Steps: Pilgrimage Medieval and Modern,” at 6:00 p.m. on November 6, 2018. This presentation is in room 126 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building and is free and open to the public.
Greenia’s areas of expertise include the languages, literature, and cultural history of medieval Iberia from the 6th century through the 15th; pilgrimage studies; medieval book culture and the archaeology of the manuscript book; manuscript illuminations; and linguistics. For 14 years, he was editor (now editor at large) of the journal La corónica, and he is co-editor of a two-volume encyclopedia, Castilian Writers, 1200–1500. In 2007, Greenia was named Editor of the Year by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.
Greenia has published numerous books, articles, and essays on the Camino de Santiago and pilgrimage studies, as well as a textbook, Generaciones: Composición y conversación en español.
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.
Greenia is a co-founding member of the International Fraternity of the Camino de Santiago, headquartered in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He was 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.”
Greenia’s presentation is sponsored by the IUP departments of Foreign Languages, Religious Studies, English, History, and Political Science; the Cook Honors College; the Office of International Education; the Society for the Appreciation of Religious Diversity (SACRED); and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.