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January 12, 2005 - The Aquinas College Jane Hibbard Idema Women' Studies Center presents its 8th annual tea and lecture on Friday, January 30 from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in the Loutit Room of Wege Student Center. Anne Clark Bartlett, Ph.D., director of the master of arts in English program and associate professor of English, DePaul University, will give an address entitled, "Arms and Woman: Gender and Governance in Late Medieval England." The tea and lecture are a part of the St. Thomas Aquinas Week celebration at Aquinas.

Bartlett's areas of specialization include: medieval English literature, and literary theory and research methods. Bartlett also presents on and writes about literature by and for medieval women. She has recently completed an essay for the Yale Guide to Holy Women of the Middle Ages on "Holy Women of the British Isles" and is working on a monograph called "Medieval English Women and the Literature of Statecraft." Bartlett is also collaborating with some colleagues on an essay collection to be called "Medieval, Reality, Television." The collection of essays will analyze from a medievalist perspective some forms of communal activity and identity available in current "Reality TV" shows such as "Wife Swap" and "The Apprentice."

She has written several books including "Cultures of Piety: Medieval English Literature in Translation" (Ed. With Thomas Bestul). Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999 and "Richard Rolle and the Yorkshire Writers" Revised Introduction, Anne Clark Bartlett, Ed. Carl Horstmann. Sonnenschein and Co., 1896.rpt. Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2 vols., May, 1999. Articles and selected book reviews written by Bartlett have appeared in a variety of publications and she has been invited to lecture at several venues including the American Association of University Women Meeting, Purdue University and Bates College to name a few.

In 2003 Bartlett was the recipient of the Competitive Research Assistantship Award, DePaul University Research Council. She was also received a 2001 Alternate, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship; the 2000-01 Newberry Library Scholar in Residence; and in 1997 the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for Summer Institute on "The Literary Traditions of Medieval Women."

Modern Language Association of America, Medieval Academy of America, Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (elected Vice-President in 1999, President in 2001), and Midwest Modern Language Associate are four of the eight professional associations Bartlett belongs to. Bartlett earned her bachelor's degree in English from State University of New York, Geneseo and a doctorate in English from the University of Iowa.