Religious construction of ‘the enemy’ is focus of Linfield talk

Dawn Nowacki, professor of political scienceLinfield College Professor Dawn Nowacki will present “Religious Construction of ‘The Enemy’: Lessons for the Present from Medieval Spain” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Nowacki, the Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman chair of Political Science, will discuss the consequences of the social construction of ‘the enemy’ in religious terms in late medieval Spain with reference to parallels in the contemporary U.S. The lecture will also touch upon the influence of Muslim rule throughout Spain and the formation of the early modern Spanish state around a unified identity that centered upon the ethnic cleansing of Jews and Muslims.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Political Science Department and the International Programs Office. For more information, contact 503-883-2222 or