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Exploring Vincent's Mediterranean - Opening Reception

by Andrew Rea 11/6/2013 8:53:00 AM
Please join us at the John T. Richardson Library for the opening of Exploring Vincent’s Mediterranean: Western Europe and the Barbary Coast, 1580-1760, a joint exhibit from DePaul University’s Special Collections and Archives and The Society of Vincent de Paul Professors.

Hand-colored illustration of a galley ship from the Encyclopedie, 1751-1772.During the lifetime of St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), and the century following his death, the Mediterranean Sea operated as a theater of conflict, commerce, and cultural intercourse. As European states expanded their powers in the Western Mediterranean Sea, interactions with the Ottoman-controlled North African Barbary regencies increased, and  long-simmering tensions intensified. It is in this world that Vincent de Paul developed his mission and his paradigm of charity and public assistance. The conflicts and cultural communication of this time and place helped shape both Vincent and his legacy, which in turn shaped the larger Christian and Mediterranean worlds. It is our hope that the exhibition reveals the richness of this time period, and of materials held within DePaul University’s Special Collections and Archives.

The exhibit includes Vincentian texts, a variety of books that speak to the relationship between Europe and the Barbary Coast, a collection of coins that represent the scope of financial and commercial relations in the Mediterranean region, and maps and urban plans that allows us to reflect on the geographies of the period at different scales of engagement. These materials can enliven our sense of the engagement between Vincent, the Congregation of the Mission and the peoples and cultures of the western Mediterranean. A digital exhibit is planned for Winter Quarter.
The opening reception will be held from 3PM-6PM on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the DePaul's Special Collections and Archives Department, John T. Richardson Library (2350 N Kenmore Ave), room 314. During this time, the Special Collections reading room will be closed to researchers. For more information contact: or call 773-325-7864.

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