The first speaker for the fall
season of Midwestern State University’s Faculty Forum will explore 12th century
Europe for a subject that is still hot today – health care. Faculty Forum, a
showcase for the research and creative efforts of MSU’s faculty, will be held
at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU.
Assistant Professor of History
Tiffany A. Ziegler’s topic will be “Practice Hospitality and Entertain God
Himself: The Medieval Municipal Hospital of Saint John in Brussels.” The talk
borrows from her upcoming book, Medieval
Healthcare and the Rise of Charitable Institutions: The History of the
Municipal Hospital, which is being published by Palgrave MacMillan.
Ziegler’s research shows that
the institution of the hospital is as old as civilization itself. Care for the
sick and injured was overseen by temple healers in ancient Egypt, India, and
China, while institutions for those afflicted by various maladies could be
found in Greek, Roman, and Arabian communities. Similar institutions of the
Middle Ages, however, took on a different character than their ancient
predecessors and near-eastern contemporaries.
The central Middle Ages
brought about a resurgence of trade and a blossoming of cities teaming with
inhabitants. Crowded in the confines of a city, the poor and sick became
increasingly visible. For Christian medieval societies, institutional charity
was a necessity set forth by the religion’s dictums – care for the needy and
sick was a tenant of the faith, leading to a unique partnership between
Christianity and institutional care. Men and women alike sought out a life
inspired by that of Christ and his apostles. They took to heart Jesus’ teachings
that those who provided care would find eternal salvation: “I was sick and you
took care of me” (Matthew 25:36). The hospital was reborn as a uniquely
The hospital of Saint John in
Brussels is an example of the developments. Ziegler will demonstrate that Saint
John’s was not only vital to the people of the city but that it also became the
model for later medieval municipal hospitals. It followed the pattern of the
establishment of medieval charitable institutions in the High Middle Ages, but
later diverged to become the archetype for Christian hospitals.
The next Faculty Forum speaker
will be the 2017 Hardin Professor and Associate Professor of Engineering Dr.
Salim Azzouz at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in Legacy Hall Learning Center. His topic will
be “Working on Quasi-Continuously Variable Transmissions with Senior Design
Faculty Forum is an opportunity
for the campus and Wichita Falls communities to learn, engage, and discuss the
ideas and explorations of the individuals who teach, discover, and create at
MSU. Admission is free and open to all. The 2017-2018 Faculty Forum committee
is Whitney Snow, Eduardo Colmenares-Diaz, and Jonathan Price. Contact Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-397-4288
for more information.