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April 28: Colloquium on St. George and the national holiday of England

FREDERICK, Md.—An expert in English and German modern history will conclude the spring colloquium series at Hood College April 28.

Hanael Bianchi, Ph.D., will present his talk, entitled “Celebrating St. George: the Man, the Myth, and the Creation of a Modern Holiday,” at 7 p.m. in the Cheryl Brown Dreiling ’69 Coblentz Seminar Room. He will ponder the question, “How did the religious feast of a Middle-Eastern martyr become the national day of England?”

Bianchi will explore the shifting meaning of St. George in English history and will argue that English people in North America were critical to the formation of a new, nationalistic celebration centered on St. George. Situated at the crossroads of holiday studies and cultural history, his presentation will re-examine the process of cultural secularization and the rise of modern nationalism.

Bianchi is chair of the history department at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md. He earned his doctorate in modern British history from the Catholic University of America and his master’s degree in modern German history from the University of Connecticut. His recent research explored the shifting meaning of religious rituals in the Anglo-American world. He is the author of “St. George’s Day: A Cultural History of England’s National Day,” which reveals how a religious feast commemorating a Middle-Eastern martyr became the national holiday of England.

For more information, contact Katy Fulfer at or 301-696-3211 or visit