News, Publications, and Presentations

Dr. Daniel Gibbons participated in a panel discussion for the Society for the Renewal of the Catholic Mind titled “Integral Education and a Culture of Dialogue: The Future of Catholic Education.

Dr. Daniel Gibbons was interviewed by the Simpleton podcast of the nonprofit A Simple House on the topic: “Classical Education: Should Catholics Believe In It?”

Dr. Lilla Kopár, with Dr. Sarah B. Ferrario (Dept. of Greek & Latin), received an Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship from the School of Arts & Sciences in support of their new collaborative research initiative on Early Writing and Epigraphy, which brings together scholars working on ancient and early medieval writing systems and inscriptions.

Dr. Megan Murton received an Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship from the School of Arts & Sciences for her work on Chaucer’s translation and poetic adaptations of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy.

Dr Lilla Kopár gave a sold-out public lecture at Profs & Pints DC on "Medieval Monsters" at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2022.

Dr Lilla Kopár gave an invited talk on "Gods and Myths of the Viking World" for the American Scandinavian Association at St. John's Episcopal Church Hall in Chevy Chase, MD, on November 28, 2022.

Dr Lilla Kopár presented three papers at international conferences in recent months: a research paper on “The nature of biscriptal inscriptions” at the 9th International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions  at Akademie Sankelmark in Germany, June 14-19, 2022; a report on “Project Andvari: Lessons learned from a digital project” at the Second Picture Stone Symposium at Visby, Gotland, Sweden, August 22-26, 2022; and a research paper titled “Beyond a grammar of ornament: The language of visual narratives in stone” at the Worked in Stone Conference: Early Medieval Sculpture in its International Context at Durham University, UK, August 31-September 4, 2022.

Matthew Ryan's (Ph.D. student) paper, "Urban Space and the Threshold of Freedom in Anna Burns's Milkman" won the award for best graduate student paper at the American Conference for Irish Studies Mid-Atlantic and New England regional meeting.

Hannah Bormann (PhD student) will have part of her dissertation published as a chapter (“‘Daughters of Eve’: Eve's Complex Legacy in Early Modern English Conduct Guides and Polemical Pamphlets”) in the forthcoming "Routledge Handbook on Eve" (2023, ed. Dr. Caroline Blyth).

Sophia Giudici (Masters student) will publish her first collection of sonnets in an upcoming volume of Nexus: Conversations on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, "Catholic Imaginations and The Future of the Catholic Literary Tradition". Her work is an illustrated heroic sonnet crown entitled "Lord I Believe, Help My Unbelief: A Heroic Sonnet Crown for Today's Struggling Catholic" and the product of the Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage Graduate Summer Institute of 2022.

Benjamin Rose’s (undergraduate) poem “December” will be published by Cathexis Northwest Press on 12/1.

Two English Majors - Maddy Mustin and Javi Mazariegos - were featured in Catholic University's episode of The College Tour

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