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Ides of March: Cervantes, Christianity, & the Struggle Against the Islamic Caliphate

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Will we learn from the past? How have Western Christians responded to the threat of insurgent Islam? Darío Fernández-Morera answers those questions at The Rockford Institute's 2016 Ides of March Lecture on Democracy and Tyranny.

What do you know about the author of Don Quixote, which is widely considered among the greatest novels ever written? In this audio lecture, Northwestern University professor and author Darío Fernández-Morera details the life of Miguel de Cervantes, who not only wrote this masterpiece but was shot twice in the chest while fighting for Christian Europe against the Islamic Caliphate. How did the struggle against insurgent Islam shape the life and work of Cervantes? More importantly: Are there lessons for us that we might apply to today's Clash of Civilizations? "Cervantes, Christianity, and the Struggle Against the Islamic Caliphate" was the topic of the Sixth Annual Ides of March Lecture, Presented by Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. This riveting talk was delivered by Darío Fernández-Morera on March 17, 2016, at The Rockford Institute, in downtown Rockford, Illinois, and includes a fascinating Q&A time with the live audience.

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