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Bestselling author and historian Barbara A. Hanawalt has dedicated her entire career to English medieval social history. Currently a professor emerita at Ohio State University, her commitment to her work is substantial. She was the director of medieval studies at the University of Minnesota for six years and the director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Ohio State University for two years. Dr. Hanawalt also taught at Indiana University in a variety of professorship roles before returning to Ohio State University as the King George III Chair of British History in 1999. Further, she has served as president of both the Medieval Academy of American and the Social Science History Association. To prepare for her endeavors, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Douglass College at Rutgers University in 1963, and a Master of Arts and PhD from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1970, respectively.
Looking to share her array of knowledge and research, Dr. Hawawalt has published extensively in numerous scholarly journals and essay collections. Her books include “Crime and Community in Medieval England, 1300-1348,” “The Ties That Bound: Peasant Families in Medieval England,” “Growing Up in Medieval London: The Experience of Childhood in History,” “Of Good and Ill Repute: Gender and Social Control in Medieval England,” and “The Wealth of Wives: Women, Law, and the Economy in Late Medieval London.” In addition, she has edited seven volumes of essays dealing with diverse topics in medieval studies, and has written pieces like, “The Middle Ages: An Illustrated History,” for the Oxford University Press Children’s and Juvenile Division. Dr. Dr. Hanawalt is presently working on a book on civic ceremonial and dispute resolution in late medieval London.
As a historian, preservationist and community leader, Arva Moore Parks has spent her adult life helping Miami’s diverse communities come together through a shared sense of place. She has been a freelance research historian since 1970, and her company, Arva Parks & Co., has been in the business of providing building construction and restoration services since 1986.
Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Parks has accrued a variety of related professional experiences, including chief curator of the Coral Gables Museum, adjunct professor and graduate assistant at the University of Miami, and teacher at several high schools. She has also been the president of Centennial Press since 1991. To prepare for her endeavors, Ms. Parks attended Florida State University from 1956 to 1958, and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida in 1960, a Master of Arts in history from the University of Miami in 1971, and an honorary LLD from Barry University in Miami in 1996.