The Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies is pleased to invite contributions to a Memorial Fund honoring the late Charles Julian Bishko (1906-2002), Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia

The Memorial Fund will be used to endow an annual prize, to be awarded for the most significant article published each year by a North American historian in the field of Medieval Iberian History, Professor Bishko’s field of specialization.

All contributions to the Memorial Fund, up to a maximum total of $25,000, will be matched by Professor Harold Johnson, a former colleague of Professor Bishko’s at the University of Virginia.

Charles Julian Bishko was a distinguished teacher and scholar who is remembered with respect and admiration both by his colleagues and by the many students whom he taught during his 39 years of service at the University of Virginia.  He published extensively on the history of Spain and Portugal.  His books include Studies in Medieval Spanish Frontier History (London, 1980) and Spanish and Portuguese Monastic History, 600-1300 (London, 1984).  In addition, he co-authored Medieval Studies: A Bibliographical Guide (New York, 1983) and Charting Democracy in America: Landmarks From History and Political Thought (Washington, D.C., 1995).  Professor Bishko’s scholarship received wide recognition in North America, as well as in Spain and Latin America.  He was a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, an elected member of the Spanish Royal Academy of History, and a recipient of one of Spain’s highest honors, the Order of Isabel la Católica, which was awarded by King Juan Carlos I in 1986.  Upon his retirement from the University of Virginia in 1977, he received a special tribute from the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

All contributions to the Charles Julian Bishko Memorial Fund should be received before SEPTEMBER 15, 2003, to be eligible for the generous matching offer of Professor Johnson.  Checks should be made payable to the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, with a notation that the donation is for the Bishko Fund.  The Society is a non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible.  Please mail your gifts to:

Dr. Constance Jones Mathers
Corresponding Secretary, SSPHS
11504 Otter Run Drive
Ashland, VA 23005

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