Campus News 2012

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2012

Monday Night Fiction looks into the life of ‘Pope Joan’
Schreiner University’s Monday Night Fiction series will discuss “Pope Joan” by Donna Woolfolk Cross at 7 p.m., Monday, March 19, in the Scarle-Philips Room of the William Logan Library on the Schreiner campus. Silke Feltz, instructor of English and German, will lead the discussion.

“Pope Joan” is the fictional biography of a real 9th century woman who, as legend has it, disguised herself as a man and became Pope John Anglicus. Although most contemporary historians believe Pope Joan to be fictitious, Most people in Europe thought otherwise for centuries. An Amazon reviewer wrote of the novel, “One of the most controversial women of history is brought to brilliant life in Donna Woolfolk Cross's tale of Pope Joan, a girl whose origins should have kept her in squalid domesticity. Instead, through her intelligence, indomitability and courage, she ascended to the throne of Rome.”

Monday Night Fiction is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Schreiner’s Center for Innovative Learning. For more information about this or any other Schreiner University humanities event, contact Martha York at the Center for Innovative Learning, 830-792-7352, or visit the Schreiner website at

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