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Moravian College hosts medieval conference for undergrads

Moravian College will host the seventh annual Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies on Saturday, December 1, 2012. Over 80 students from 34 different schools will be presenting their research, and Dr. Alfred Siewers of Bucknell University will be the plenary speaker.

In addition to the student research presentations, there will also be an exhibit by a calligrapher and demonstrations in medieval spinning and weaving by a medieval textile specialist. The day will end with a concert of medieval and early modern music by My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem.

The Conference provides an excellent opportunity for students practice giving professional presentations and to share their research, which they have dedicated so much time and effort to, with an audience broader than their classroom. This year 12 Moravian students will be presenting papers on a wide variety of topics, including an analysis of Robin Hood films, images of disability in the Game of Thrones series, and gender roles in medieval video games. Many Moravian students and faculty will also be involved in chairing sessions, running registration, and helping with setup and cleanup.

Hartwick College students Kayleigh Paster and Elizabeth Greco are among those attending the conference. Paster will present her research titled: “Women Saints and Martyrs: Understanding the Portrayal of Women in Anglo-Saxon Hagiography” while Greco will present her paper, called: “Rape Cannot be Erased: Chaucer’s Motives behind Writing the ‘Reeve’s Tale’.”

The Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies was initiated in 2006 by Moravian’s Sandra Bardsley, associate professor of history, and John Black, associate professor of English. It was the first in the United States to specialize in medieval and early modern studies. The Conference is supported by funding from LVAIC (Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges), the Moravian College Academic Affairs Office, and the Moravian College 2012-13 IN FOCUS Program: A Year of Sustainability.

Admission to the Conference and the following musical performance is free and is open to the public, but registration is required. More information can be found online at

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at or 610-625-7880.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their futures. Visit the College’s Web site at

Sources: Moravian CollegeHartwick College

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