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Undergraduate Classics Research Conference

The leadership team: Sarah Parsly, Riley Miller, Alanna Heatherly, Professor Farmer, Dominic Emord, Alisha Howington, Meera Patel, Aimée Lafon
The leadership team: Sarah Parsly, Riley Miller, Alanna Heatherly, Professor Farmer, Dominic Emord, Alisha Howington, Meera Patel, Aimée Lafon

The Seventh Annual University of Tennessee Undergraduate Classics Research Conference took place at the UT College of Law Saturday, February 24, 2018. The conference was sponsored by the Classics Enrichment Fund of the UT Department of Classics with the generous co-sponsorship by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Chancellor’s Honors and Scholars Program, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the UT Humanities Center, and the Departments of English, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

This year’s conference exceeded all expectations. It began with the opening remarks of Marisa Moazen, executive director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Office of Community Engagement. The keynote speaker, Matthew Farmer from the University of Missouri, delivered a fascinating and insightful talk titled “Once More a Weasel: Actors’ Mistakes and Parody in Greek Drama” before a large and enthusiastic audience. Thirty-two student speakers from 22 colleges in the United States and Canada then presented their research on a wide variety of topics, ranging from Bronze Age Greece to the Roman Empire, Homer to Horace, and philosophy to medicine. All eight paper sessions were well attended by students, faculty, and other attendees. The papers were uniformly well researched and presented in a relaxed atmosphere conducive towards lively discussions and a productive exchange of ideas. Presiding over the sessions were Justin Arft, Christopher Craig, Stephen Collins-Elliott, Taylor Coughlin, Robert Sklenář, Aleydis Van de Moortel, Thomas Rose, and Jessica Westerhold. Aleydis Van de Moortel, head of the Department of Classics, concluded the conference with well-deserved praise for the student presenters.

Student Presenters:

  • Hannah Harvey, Alexander Kee, Rylee Jo Maples, Sara Menees, Mahalia Smith (Austin Peay State University)
  • Jamie Wheeler (Baylor University)
  • Julia Castner, Meagan Mulkern, Catherine Rowen (Bryn Mawr College)
  • Kiley Dempsey (College of Charleston)
  • Kelly Powers, Arnav Tandon (Columbia University)
  • Jessica Urban (Haverford College)
  • Clayton Meldrum (Kalamazoo College)
  • Keegan Sims (Loyola University, Chicago)
  • Sarah Addison Phillips (Mississippi State University)
  • Kate Davenport, Madison Howell (Sewanee: The University of the South)
  • Neal Payne (Simon Fraser University)
  • Austin Mitchell (University of Alabama)
  • Alex Morano (University of Arizona)
  • Virginia Freeman (University of Buffalo)
  • Ian Morgan (University of Cincinnati)
  • Lauren Gentile (University of Iowa)
  • Chad Uhl (University of Kansas)
  • Jessica Carter (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Logan Elliott (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
  • Emily Brower, Meggie Ellis, Riley Miller (University of Tennessee)
    Linda McNulty Perez (University of Texas, San Antonio)
  • Rose Milnes (Vanderbilt University)

Susan Martin and John Friend served as co-faculty sponsors for the event. They are grateful for their colleagues’ warm-hearted and generous support and for the sponsorship of the department and the UT co-sponsors. They also wholeheartedly thank the student organizers, Dominic Emord, Alanna Heatherly, Alisha Howington, Aimée LaFon, Riley Miller, and Meera Patel and the vital contribution of Kathryn Weaver, the administrative assistant of the Department of Classics, for their hard work in organizing this successful event.


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