Drury professor to be honored at United Kingdom's House of Lords

For Immediate Release: September 3

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Dr. Thomas Russo
Professor of Art History
Office: (417) 873-7413
E-mail: trusso@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 3, 2010 — Drury Art History Professor Thomas E. Russo will attend a reception at the House of Lords, the upper house of the United Kingdom's parliament, in London, England on Sept. 8. The reception is hosted by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln and is in honor of those that have supported Lincoln Cathedral.

Russo's main area of study is medieval art, and he served as a consultant for the restoration of the 12th-century façade sculpture on Lincoln Cathedral in 1995 and 1996. In the fall of 2000, Russo presented the cathedral's Bishop Grosseteste Lecture in the 13th-century chapter house. The annual lecture is a fundraiser for the cathedral's medieval library, and Russo's lecture drew the largest audience to date in the series. Consecrated in 1092, the cathedral towers over the city of Lincoln, which is located about 150 miles north of London.

Currently, Russo is working with Lincoln Cathedral to bring the original Magna Carta from 1215 to an exhibition venue in the Midwest. The Magna Carta was the foundation for the United States' Constitution by laying down limitations on the power of the crown.

The Dean of Lincoln Cathedral and Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire are also co-hosting the reception.

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