The Straits of Gibraltar in History: A lecture by Beacon Professor, David Abulafia

16th May 2018

We’re delighted to present an evening lecture by internationally acclaimed Beacon Professor, David Abulafia. Hosted at our Associated Campus, The Garrison Library, this free event will shed light upon The Straits of Gibraltar.

Thursday 14th June 2018
18:00 – 20:30
The Garrison Library

About the lecture

There exist a number of good histories of Gibraltar, as well as of Ceuta and Tangier. But what is still lacking is a history of the Straits that divide two seas and two continents, a passage-way of enormous influence in the political, economic, social and cultural history of humanity.

This lecture will define a few of the moments when the Straits participated in events and developments that had massive repercussions extending far beyond the Pillars of Hercules.

About the speaker

Professor Abulafia is Professor Emiratus of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge and is internationally renowned for his seminal work “The Great Sea: a human history of the Mediterranean” which was received with great critical acclaim. Professor Abulafia is a Fellow of the British Academy and holds a number of international honours and awards and is much in demand as a speaker at authoritative events across the world. He is a Beacon Professor at the University of Gibraltar.

This event is sponsored by Simon and Donna Seruya Sackman in memory of the Honourable S.A.Seruya O.B.E., who had a love of learning and a lifelong passion for the history, culture and people of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean.

Beacon Professors are unique to the University of Gibraltar and the title is symbolic of their role to spread the light of knowledge, to inspire students and illuminate their paths.

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