GCU Offers Lunchtime Learning with Viewing of

"Chaucer at The Mansion"


Retired GCU Professor's Literary Passion, Expertise Focus of New Video


Longtime Georgian Court University English professor Maria Cordis Richey '50, RSM, Ph.D., recently retired after more than 50 years teaching. Now her love of literature and passion for "The Canterbury Tales" lives on in "Chaucer at The Mansion," a new DVD featuring Sister Maria Cordis inside Georgian Court's historic Mansion as she discusses Geoffrey Chaucer's famed collection of stories.

Event Details

Date:  Saturday, March 16, 2013

Time:  11:00AM-1:00PM

Cost:  $10.00

Event includes a light lunch, the DVD viewing, and a question-and-answer session with executive producer and entrepreneur Elaine Warga-Murray, a Georgian Court alumna, and Sister Maria Cordis.

About the DVD

Ms. Warga-Murray conceived and sponsored the project in hopes of sharing Sister Maria Cordis' extraordinary expertise with future generations. For GCU alumnae like Ms. Warga-Murray, the soft-spoken nun's uncanny ability to connect with students is grounded in her perfect prose and unparalleled command of historical, literary, and cultural knowledge. In the video, Sister Maria Cordis-who also served as president of Georgian Court from 1974 to 1980-reads aloud in the Mansion and guides viewers through GCU's famous frieze of "The Canterbury Tales." The multi-wall painting by muralist Robert Van Vorst Sewell in the Mansion's Great Hall depicts pilgrims from the 14th-century book.


"This DVD represents a significant example of the brilliance, startling charm, and outstanding academic excellence that Sister Maria Cordis has demonstrated throughout her career," said Ms. Warga-Murray. "This presentation is one that is unique to Georgian Court University and has been provided to thousands of past students and scholars. Throughout the video, Sister Maria Cordis reads from her own copy of the text, which is marked with handwritten citations, complex notes, and literary details that she has drawn from for decades."

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