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Eight Lycoming College students presented papers at the 5th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, held Dec. 4 at Moravian College. The interdisciplinary program explored and celebrated the literature, history, art and philosophy of the periods ranging from 500 CE to 1800 CE.
Student presenters collaborated with Lycoming faculty Dr. Todd Preston, assistant professor and chair of the English department, and Dr. Cullen Chandler, assistant professor of history, in preparation of their papers.
The students and presentations were:
Nathan Bowley, a senior English literature major from Sparta, N.J. - "The Arthurian Authenticity - Using the Myth as Reality."
Amanda Burt, a senior archaeology major from Cobleskill, N.Y. - "Crannogs: Defining the Function and Construction of Water-dwelling Structures in Scotland and Ireland."
Danielle Heaney, a senior archaeology major from Lusby, Md. - "Irish Monasticism: A Unique Institution."
Melody Johnson, a senior creative writing and psychology major from East Stroudsburg, Pa. - "The Tragic Wedding of Medieval Society and Romance."
Alexa LaRocco, a junior archaeology and history major from Torrington, Conn. - "Carolingian Art and Its Relationship with Religion."
Brandon Sellers, a sophomore from Baltimore, Md. - "Stupid Speakers in Chaucer's Dream Vision Poems."
Denyse Walters, a junior archaeology and religion major from Flint, Mich. - "Infidels: The Perception of Muslims in Middle English Literature."
Amy Weaver, a creative writing major seeking education certification from Williamsport, Pa.- "The Sickness of Love in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde."
The conference is one of the nation's few undergraduate conferences focused on humanities and was the first to feature medieval and early modern studies. This year, more than 100 students from 30 colleges and universities across the country attended.