Western to Present 'The Historical St. Nicholas: Myths and Realities' Dec. 6 in Poulsbo

Western Washington University on the Peninsulas will host Patrick Lowinger at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 for “The Historical St. Nicholas: Myths and Realities.”

The lecture takes place at Olympic College – Poulsbo, room 105, and is free and open to the public.

The event, part of the Western Lecture Series, examines fourth century Christian bishop St. Nicholas’ life, legacy and the myths which circulated widely about him after this death. Who was he and how did he shape our modern Christmas season? During his life Nicholas was renowned for his acts of piety and charity. At the same time, Nicholas, who had been persecuted for his own faith, was a zealous and often violent persecutor of heretics and Pagans. Lowinger explores what history says about the ‘Historical’ St. Nicholas.

A teacher, historian and freelance writer, Lowinger possesses an M.A. in ancient history and a B.S. in microbiology. His interest and area of focus are on the people and societies of the ancient Mediterranean – from the Late Bronze Age through Early Medieval periods.

Western Lecture Series events feature prominent speakers who deliver talks on an array of academic subjects designed to expand knowledge, provoke thought and inspire creativity. Offered throughout the year, the lectures are free and are open to the public without need to register.

For more information about this and future lectures, please visit ee.wwu.edu/wls or call (360) 394-2748.