Lifelong Learning Course: The Vikings
Professor: Dr. Bridgette Slavin, Assistant Professor of the Practice in History, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Medaille College; former adjunct professor in Medieval History, Canisius College
Schedule: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., October 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 13
“Since tonight the wind is high, the sea’s white mane a fury, I need not fear the hordes of Hell Coursing the Irish Channel.” These words, penned by a medieval Irish monk, offer a sense of the terror inspired by the Vikings from the late eighth to the eleventh centuries. This course will explore cultural, social, and political aspects of the Viking Age. Danes, Norwegians and Swedes left their homelands not only to raid and pillage, but also to trade and settle. Students will engage with historical documents, literary texts and material culture from the Viking period to explore themes such as religion, honor culture, gender roles, commercial penetration, political expeditions and colonizing ventures.
Dr. Bridgette Slavin, Assistant Professor of the Practice in History, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Medaille College is a former adjunct professor, Department of History, Canisius College, where she regularly taught courses on Medieval History and on material culture of the Medieval world. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney. Her primary area of research is Medieval Ireland.
Dr. Bridgette Slavin