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Friday, February 22, 2013

Adventures in Ideas Series Explores Facets of Camelot Saturday, March 2

Kristen WaltonSALISBURY, MD---From the fabled Knights of the Round Table to the youthful hope embodied by President John F. Kennedy, the name “Camelot” evokes powerful feelings in many Americans.

Dr. Kristen Walton, associate professor of history at Salisbury University, discusses the evolution of the Arthurian legend as part of SU’s Adventures in Ideas humanities seminar series. Her presentation, “Camelot’s Hope: Legend and Statecraft from Arthur to Kennedy,” is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in Teacher Education and Technology Center Room 179.

The discussion includes the deployment of the legend from early political figures to Kennedy and how, as Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot became a cultural icon of the early 1960s, the term itself came to define a short but powerful moment in the American experience.

At SU, Walton specializes in Tudor Stuart Britain; English, Scottish and Irish history; the early modern world and the European reformations. She is coordinator of the University’s European studies minor and interim director of the Bellavance Honors Program.

Sponsored by the Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts and the Whaley Family Foundation, admission to the seminar is $30, including coffee, snacks and lunch. Advance registration is required.

To register, call Donna Carey at 410-543-6450 or e-mail For more information visit the SU Web site at

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