Merkle has been fascinated by the medieval era since her
adolescence. Although her professional career has taken her into
other byways, it has never lessened her long and intense interest
in the fourteenth century.
Professor Merkle's first novel, A Vision of Light, published in
1989, challenges all of our notions about women's roles in the
medieval era. Her subsequent novels, In Pursuit of the Green Lion (1990)
and upcoming The Oracle Glass, have also received great critical acclaim.
Ms. Merkle earned both her B.A. and Ph.D. from University of
California, Berkeley, taking time out for the AM at Harvard
This is a wonderful opportunity for lunchtime conversation
with CMC's own popular professor/novelist.
Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Professor Merkle speaks at