Robert Clines, Asst. Professor of History at Western Carolina University and a JCU alumnus from 2007, will speak on the topic of: “From Jew to Jesuit: Giovanni Battista Eliano, S.J., and Religious Change in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean.” Eliano was a Roman Jew who converted to Christianity and then entered the Society of Jesus in 1551 with the support and assistance of Ignatius of Loyola. Clines’ research on Eliano was the basis of his dissertation and is now the subject of his book manuscript that is under review at Cambridge University Press. His most recent article, related to this subject, "How to Become a Jesuit Crypto-Jew: The Self-Confessionalization of Giovanni Battista Eliano through the Textual Artifice of Conversion" has been published in the Sixteenth Century Journal. Rob was a history major here at JCU before doing an M.A. at Miami of Ohio and a Ph.D. at Syracuse. He has just returned from Rome where he was a fellow for the last year at the American Academy in Rome. The lecture will be held at the D.J. Lombardo Student Center's LSC Conference Room on September 28th at 7:30pm.