SLU Scholar to Present ‘Crusaders on High Horses’ at Crader Lecture


Madden ThomasCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 8, 2015 – “Crusaders on High Horses” will be the evening’s topic at the annual Crader Lecture to be presented Sept. 22 at Southeast Missouri State University by a Saint Louis University (SLU) professor of history, an author and historical consultant.

Dr. Thomas Madden, who is also the director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University, will present the lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Rose Theatre, located in the Grauel Building, 408 N. Pacific. The event is free and open to the public.

Madden, an author and historical consultant whose perspectives and commentary have appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and The History Channel, will explore modern appropriations of Medieval crusading in the Middle East and beyond.

“We are especially proud to be bringing Dr. Madden back to campus. As the inaugural lecturer in 2009, he began this series with a standing-room only crowd,” said Dr. Wayne Bowen, chair of the Department of History at Southeast. “As a best-selling author, internationally known expert on the Crusades and commentator on events in the Middle East, Professor Madden is an ideal representative of the values and credibility represented by all of the Crader Humanities speakers.”

The Crader Family Endowment for American Values, within the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, is dedicated to education, research and public engagement in the historical traditions of the United States of America and Western civilization.

The endowment’s objectives are to increase knowledge and appreciation of the political, religious and economic heritage of this nation and the West, and the values of individual liberty, constitutional principles and civic virtue that are at the foundation of this society. The endowment is named in honor of the Crader family: Saundra and the late Don Crader of Marble Hill, Mo., and Stan and Debbie Crader of Jackson, Mo.

The endowment has provided support to bring a number of accomplished historical scholars to the Southeast campus since its inception. This year’s lecturer, Madden, has recently authored “Venice: A New History,” “The Concise History of the Crusades,” “Empires of Trust” and “Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice.” He also has written and lectured extensively on the ancient and medieval Mediterranean as well as the history of Christianity and Islam.

Awards for his scholarship include the Medieval Academy of America’s Haskins Medal and the Medieval Institute’s Otto Grundler Prize. He is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Medieval Academy of America. He is currently writing a new history of Istanbul.

For more information on the Crader Lecture, call (573) 651-2180.