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Pilgrimage Next in Libraries' Author Series


UCR Art Historian and Veteran Traveler Discusses Pilgrimage to Holy Site

Conrad Rudolph to read from “Pilgrimage to the End of the World”

(November 11, 2004)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — www.ucr.edu — Conrad Rudolph, professor of art history, will speak about his book, “Pilgrimage to the End of the World: The Road to Santiago de Compostela,” from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Special Collections on the fourth floor of the Tomás Rivera Library at the University of California, Riverside, 900 University Ave. The free, public event will be web cast live. For more information call Special Collections at the UCR Libraries at (951) 827—3233.

Rudolph’s presentation is the second of the UCR Libraries’ Author Series for 2004-2005. His book, which was published in May 2004 by University of Chicago Press, details his 1,000-mile journey on the medieval “pilgrimage trail” from Le Puy in France to Santiago de Compostela on the western side of Spain. The journey to the holy site of Santiago de Compostela was one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the Middle Ages.

In the chronicle of his travels, Rudolph blends the ancient and the contemporary, the spiritual and the physical, in a book that is at once travel guide, literary work, historical study and memoir.

Rudolph’s research is in the social theory of medieval art, the ideological use of art, monasticism and art, and art and social change. He has held Guggenheim, J. Paul Getty and Mellon fellowships.

The monthly UCR Libraries’ Author Series, which began in September 2002, makes available to the community the riches of the campus libraries and the talent of UCR faculty and staff. According to organizer Melissa Conway, head of UCR Libraries’ Special Collections, the authors are all affiliated in some way with UC Riverside. All UCR Libraries’ Author Series events are free and open to the public.

Parking on campus is $6 per vehicle for the day or may be purchased for shorter periods at $2 per hour. Parking permits are available at the information kiosks near the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive/ Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard entrances.

All events in the UCR Libraries’ Author Series take place on Wednesdays and will include:

  • Jan. 19, 2005 - Michael Jayme, professor, Department of Creative Writing, reading from “Every Night is Ladies' Night” (Rayo Harper Collins2004).

  • Feb. 16, 2005 - Ralph Crowder, associate professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, discussing “John Edward Bruce: Politician, Journalist, and Self-Trained Historian of the African Diaspora” (New York University Press, 2004).

  • March 23, 2005 - Katherine Kinney, associate professor and graduate advisor, Department of English, discussing “Friendly Fire: American Images of the Vietnam War” (Oxford University Press, 2000).

  • April 20, 2005 - Christopher Buckley, professor, Department of Creative Writing, reading from “Sky” (Sheep Meadow Press, 2004).

  • May 18, 2005 — Norman C. Ellstrand, professor of genetics, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, discussing “Dangerous Liaisons?: When Cultivated Plants Mate with their Wild Relatives”(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).



The UC Riverside Libraries are the focal points for research and study on campus. Their collections include 2,081,146 volumes, 12,444 serial subscriptions and 1,672,042 microforms housed in five facilities: the Tomás Rivera Library (serving the humanities, arts and social sciences); the Science Library; the Music Library; Media Library; and Special Collections, housing rare books and manuscripts, and unique archival resources.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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