Students present research at history conference

Students present research at history conference

Photo from left: Lycoming seniors Jack Abbate, Lindsay Decker and Michael Tusay join Dr. Cullen Chandler, professor in the college’s department of history, at the conference.

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Three senior Lycoming students presented research at the 10th Annual Moravian College Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies in December.

History student Jack Abbate, discussed his research paper titled “The Black Death: An Identity Crisis,” which examines the effects of the plague in the 14th century when it decimated nearly 50 percent of the world’s population. Lindsay Decker, who is pursuing a major in history and archaeology, shared her research about “The Political Influences of the Women in Charlemagne’s Family” during the 9th century. Michael Tusay, also a history and archaeology major, presented his findings about the political and cultural environment of the Middle East during the 1200’s with his research titled “Loyalty and the Formation of the Mamluk Sultanate.”

“The conference provides students with the opportunity to share important research and build public speaking skills,” said Cullen Chandler, Ph.D., a history professor at Lycoming College. “It is an important first-step toward becoming recognized as experts in their respective fields.”

About 200 students, faculty and historians from about 30 colleges and universities attended the conference. The conference was open to all college students who conducted research about the Medieval and Early Modern periods in any field of study, including art, history, English, philosophy, religion or languages. Students also could present period musical or theatrical productions.

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