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Lynch to deliver commencement address

COLUMBUS – Joseph Lynch, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History, has been selected to deliver Ohio State's winter 2007 commencement address.

Approximately 1,800 degrees will be awarded at the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. on March 18 at St. John Arena. Graduates and guests can find complete information on the ceremony at http://www.osu.edu/commence/

An expert in the history of the European middle ages with a special interest in ancient and medieval Christianity, Lynch has been a member of the history department since 1971. He has served as director of Ohio State's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and as chair of the Department of History.

Lynch is respected both as a teacher and as a scholar, having received the Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, the Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award, the College of Humanities Exemplary Faculty award, and the Joe R. Engle Designated Professorship.

In 2000 he received the Distinguished University Professorship, which has been awarded to only thirty-five faculty over the last eighteen years.

Lynch has published four books, including The Medieval Church: A Brief History (Longman, 1992),Godparents and Kinship in Early Medieval Europe (Princeton University Press, 1986) and Christianizing Kinship: Ritual Sponsorship in Anglo-Saxon England 597-1066 (Cornell University Press, 1998). A fifth is close to completion. He is also author of a dozen essays and articles.

Lynch has also received national honors for his academic work, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and two fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Lynch earned his bachelors degree from Boston College and his master's degree and doctorate from Harvard University.

Professor Lynch and his wife, Ann, have lived in Clintonville for thirty-five years. They have three children, two of whom have degrees in veterinary medicine from Ohio State, and six grandchildren.