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After the Bell: War and Conflict in the Middle Ages – A Global Perspective with Dr. Stephen Morillo

Tuesday, February 8
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST

After the Bell: War and Conflict in the Middle Ages – A Global Perspective with Dr. Stephen Morillo

Wabash "rings-out" a new class to our alumni ranks each year. After the Bell offers opportunities to come back to the Wabash classroom and attend virtual liberal arts sessions with current faculty members. Join us for this live virtual event being offered for Wabash alumni, spouses, partners, parents, and friends.

This After the Bell session will discuss the dynamics of armed violence throughout the world in the period (broadly) after the breakup of classical civilizations and before the Industrial Revolution. Some basic questions (How can we define “the Middle Ages” from a global perspective? What were the functions of armed conflict in medieval societies?) lead to considerations about the basic physical constraints that shaped warfare and the cultural role of warfare in the creation of the medieval world.

Dr. Stephen Morillo, Professor of History

Stephen Morillo grew up in New Orleans, attended Harvard College as an undergrad and Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar for his graduate work, and has taught at Wabash since 1989, with breaks to teach at Hawaii Pacific University back in 2003-04 and to teach at the US Military Academy at West Point in 2019-20 as their Charles Boal Ewing Chair in History. He specializes in world history, medieval history, and military history, combining the three in various ways in his teaching and research. He is the author of a number of books and articles on these topics, and has appeared on the show “Deadliest Warriors”.

Dr. Morillo regularly teaches both halves of the introductory world history survey, for which he has written his own world history textbook, Frameworks of World History (Oxford University Press, 2014). He has also taught both of the History Department’s capstone courses, as well as intermediate level courses and upper level seminars on a wide variety of topics including world military history, maritime history, medieval Japan, and others. He periodically teaches Freshman Tutorial – his current FT is on “Swords, Sorcery, and Reality”, which brings classic fantasy lit into dialogue with medieval sources.

When he isn’t teaching or writing, Dr. Morillo enjoys a wide variety of activities. He paints, cartoons, has played in a band for which he sang, played keyboards, and wrote songs, and he occasionally takes to the stage to act. His New Orleans upbringing shows up in his cooking: he does creole cuisine, Indian curries, and other specialties of his own invention. He enjoys playing basketball and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and New Orleans Saints. His laugh is infamous wherever he has lived.