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Eighth Annual Tennessee Undergraduate Classics Research Conference

University of Tennessee, Law School
Saturday February 23, 2019

9:00-9:10 Welcome
Dr. Christine Boake
Associate Dean for Research & Facilities, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee
Toyota Auditorium
9:15-10:15 The Beaumont Keynote Lecture
Translating Ovid in the Age of #MeToo
Dr. Stephanie McCarter, Associate Professor of Classics
Sewanee: The University of the South
Toyota Auditorium
10:15-10:30 Morning Break  
10:30-11:30 First Paper Session  

Session #1: Presider: Dr. Theodora Kopestonsky

  1. A Harvard Narcissus: Narcissism in William Faulkner’s ‘The Sound and the Fury’ and Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’
    Atkins Bramwell, Sewanee: The University of the South
  2. ‘One Latin Word, One Greek Remark’: Ovidian Classical Reception in Iolanthe
    Jamie Wheeler, Baylor University
  3. The Role of Music in the Setting of Trimalchio’s Dinner Party
    Margaret Seage, Austin Peay State University
Toyota Auditorium

Session #2: Presider: Dr. Aleydis Van de Moortel

  1. Attic Kouroi: The Beauty and Meaning of the Male Form
    Bridget Murphy, University of Tennessee
  2. Investigating Imitation: Egyptianizing Limestone Votive Statues at Athienou-Malloura
    Katherine Consola, Creighton University
  3. Submycenaean and Protogeometric Pottery: The Influence of Cult on the Development of Pottery in Athenian Burials and at the Sanctuary of Isthmia
    Christian Burke, Duke University
Room 204

Session #3: Presider: Dr. Christopher Craig

  1. Going So Far For Love: Alexander and Hephaestion's Hero Cult
    Logan Elliott, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  2. My God is Better Than Yours: Late Antique Roman Religion
    Rachel Winicov, University of Pennsylvania
  3. Exhibiting Power: Proto-Museological Themes in the Empires of Antiquity
    Callaghan Todhunter, University of Iowa
Room 205
12:00-1:00 Lunch Hilton Garden Inn
1:30-2:30 Second Paper Session  

Session #4: Presider: Dr. Justin Arft

  1. Weaving Wars in the Iliad
    Lauryn Hanley, University of Texas
  2. Secret Missions: The Structure of Spying in the Odyssey
    Riley Miller, University of Tennessee
  3. Flourishing in Aristotle's Political Philosophy
    Joseph Clarkson, Baylor University
Toyota Auditorium

Session #5: Presider: Dr. Stephen Collins-Elliott

  1. The Andalusian Courtyard: Architectural Legacies of Agricultural Exploitation and Empire in Southern Spain
    Ana G. Alvarez Guzman, Bryn Mawr College
  2. ‘More Tearful than a Funeral Trump’: Tracking Images of Medea on Second Century CE Roman Sarcophagi
    Noah Dubay, Bowdoin College
  3. The Evolution of the Forum Romanum in the Time of Caesar
    Sam Ross, University of Texas
Room 204

Session #6: Presider: Dr. Jessica Westerhold

  1. Ovid’s Feminine Reclamation of the Proserpina Myth in the Metamorphoses
    Claire Mieher, Tufts University
  2. Disregard Feelings Acquire Currency: Comparing Greek hetaerae and sugar babies
    Alice Wilson, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
  3. Gendering Sulpicia: A Metatextual Analysis on Scholarly Tradition
    Lyndsey Ebner, University of Texas
Room 205
2:30-2:45 Break  
3:00-4:30 Third Paper Session  

Session #7: Presider: Dr. Robert Sklenár

  1. Livestock in Virgil’s Eclogues as Symbolic Political Commentary on Forced Land Redistributions During Wartime Under Augustus
    Skylar Sims, Austin Peay State University
  2. Horace's Criticism of Roman Morality through Ulysses' Character in Satires II.5
    Arnav Tandon, Columbia University
  3. Virgil's Anna: Unanima Soror
    Anna Lam, Baylor University
Toyota Auditorium

Session #8: Presider: Dr. Dylan Bloy

  1. Underneath the Helmet: The Life of a Gladiator
    Alanna Heatherly, University of Tennessee
  2. Adapting Antiquity: Commodus, Gladiators, and the Arena On Screen
    Ishani Agarwal, Bowdoin College
  3. Inter-Freedmen Relationships in Augustan Rome
    Amol Goyal, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 204

Session #9: Presider: Dr. Reema Habib

  1. In the Hands of the God or in the Depths of a Well? Examining the Evolution of Disability in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin
    Mason Shrader, Millsaps College
  2. Mania of a Monotheistic Monarch: A Retrospective Diagnosis of Akhenaten
    Chelsea Miller, Kalamazoo College
  3. Applying Modern Immunology to the Plague of Ancient Athens
    Juhi Patel, University of Tennessee
Room 205
3:50-4:10 Closing Remarks
Dr. Aleydis Van de Moortel, Professor and Head of Classics
Toyota Auditorium


Sponsored by the Classics Enrichment Fund of the Department of Classics,
with generous co-sponsorship by:
The College of Arts &Sciences, The Chancellor’s Honors and Scholars Program, The Office of Research and Engagement, The Humanities Center, The Departments of English, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

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